“As Viola Desmond’s nephew and Wanda’s Robson son, I have a personal commitment to supporting the work of the Viola Desmond Chair. As a working member of Corporate Canada, I also recognize the lack of diversity among my peers. Although Canada is increasingly becoming a more diverse society, our corporate management does not fully reflect this diversity.
I am passionate that the work of the Viola Desmond Chair will serve to “keep alive” my Aunt’s story. The Chair will encourage Black youth to pursue post-secondary education, Black women and men to pursue their business dreams, and work to remove the barriers that still exist today for Canada’s Black population.” – Gordon Neal, President, New Pacific Metals Corp.
The Viola Desmond and Wanda Robson Scholarship Campaign (Coming Soon)
This scholarship initiative would embody the qualities of character, commitment and life experiences of Viola and Wanda. The scholarship would stress the themes of social justice and education with a particular emphasis on CBU’s inclusiveness in relation to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, class, and physical disability, etc. For more information, contact Paula MacNeil.