Judith Potter

Message from Dean Potter

Philanthropy is beginning to have an indelible and permanent impact on the School of Continuing Studies and on our students’ ability to transform their lives and those of their families.

This year, we were able to provide more than 30 scholarships to our students, providing well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments. This was a real milestone for the School as it was the first time in history that we were able to provide our students with recognition for excellence in academic achievement. We have now joined other McGill Faculties who have long benefited from donor-funded scholarship programs.

At the School’s very first Scholarship Reception in November 2012, our newest Advisory Board member, Barbara Seal, announced the creation of the School’s first endowed named scholarship for permanent residents and new Canadians, The Barbara Seal, CM, Scholarship. Our goal is to expand our scholarship offerings, as well as existing bursary funding (Boisvert-Pitts, South Shore University Women, M.A.C.E.S.) to ensure that no learner is forced to abandon their life-altering studies due to financial challenges.

Thanks to ever increasing annual donations, SCS Client Services has been able to launch new workshops focused on equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully launch or transition their careers and improve their employability and economic wellbeing. The workshops have been especially beneficial to new immigrants who are often marginalized, unemployed and underemployed (e.g. creating an effective CV and job hunting and networking techniques).

Thanks to our donors, we will be launching the following pilot sessions this term:

  • “New Beginnings: Canadian Newcomer Life Skills Workshops,” a series of five workshops being delivered in collaboration with McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS).

  • “Pathways to Personal Success” in Spanish, French and English will highlight the change management process required for successful immigration and integration.

  • Workshops developed on “unwritten social and corporate culture” (including business etiquette) and navigating bureaucracy (tax, medical, education and professional credential systems).

Most recently, donations have also enabled us to hire a consultant for a period of three months to conduct the necessary background research and benchmarking to identify gaps, and develop the business plans so that we formulate and execute optimum offerings in order to meet our objectives of establishing a comprehensive Advising and Career Transition Service at the School, as other professional faculties have at McGill (e.g. Desautels Management, Engineering, Medicine, Social Work, Law, etc.).

I thank you for your continued support of SCS and McGill University.

Dr. Judith Potter
Dean of Continuing Studies