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Welcome to Pathways to Education’s 2020 Annual Report


Greetings

from our Board Chair and President & CEO

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Greetings

from our President & CEO and Board Chair

As Pathways approaches almost two decades of supporting students, we’re proud to celebrate another year of incredible impact across Canada—helping over 6,000 students to unlock their potential and achieve success.

However, I’d be remiss to talk about the positive impact we’ve made over the last 12 months without acknowledging the tremendous challenges we faced as a country during the first quarter of 2020.

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The COVID-19 pandemic intensified existing social inequities and amplified barriers for youth living in low-income communities—threatening to jeopardize the future success they had been working so hard towards.

We refused to let that happen. One of our core values is adaptability, and our success lies in our ability to react to change and adapt to meet the evolving needs of young people. From the very beginning, this value has been a key tenet of our organization, and it has been our guiding principal as we navigate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping students connected and providing a sense of belonging, albeit virtually, is our main priority. We reached out to students and their families to address their immediate needs and deliver support remotely.

We were also challenged to find innovative ways to minimize the impact on learning. We have been committed to leveraging emerging technologies to further our mission since we were founded almost 20 years ago. This solid foundation allowed us to rapidly respond to the pandemic and offer a variety of online resources to support students, including virtual tutoring and mentoring.

Although much has changed, our commitment to youth remains the same. We know that in the coming year, consistent and sustained supports will be critical to helping them stay connected to their education and continue to develop the tools they need to be successful in the rapidly evolving economy ahead.

As always, this ongoing progress is only made possible because of you. Your unwavering generosity has allowed us to invest in the success of students, year over year. Pathways youth are resilient, and with your support, they will continue to overcome obstacles—however great they may be—and go on to change the world. Thank you.

Vincent Mercier

Chair, Board of Directors
Pathways to Education Canada

Sue Gillespie

President and CEO
Pathways to Education Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified existing social inequities and amplified barriers for youth living in low-income communities—threatening to jeopardize the future success they had been working so hard towards.

We refused to let that happen. One of our core values is adaptability, and our success lies in our ability to react to change and adapt to meet the evolving needs of young people. From the very beginning, this value has been a key tenet of our organization, and it has been our guiding principal as we navigate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping students connected and providing a sense of belonging, albeit virtually, is our main priority. We reached out to students and their families to address their immediate needs and deliver support remotely.

We were also challenged to find innovative ways to minimize the impact on learning. We have been committed to leveraging emerging technologies to further our mission since we were founded almost 20 years ago. This solid foundation allowed us to rapidly respond to the pandemic and offer a variety of online resources to support students, including virtual tutoring and mentoring.

Although much has changed, our commitment to youth remains the same. We know that in the coming year, consistent and sustained supports will be critical to helping them stay connected to their education and continue to develop the tools they need to be successful in the rapidly evolving economy ahead.

As always, this ongoing progress is only made possible because of you. Your unwavering generosity has allowed us to invest in the success of students, year over year. Pathways youth are resilient, and with your support, they will continue to overcome obstacles—however great they may be—and go on to change the world. Thank you.

Vincent Mercier

Chair, Board of Directors
Pathways to Education Canada

Sue Gillespie

President and CEO
Pathways to Education Canada


A message

from the Chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee

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A message

from the Chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee

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On behalf of Pathways to Education Canada’s Alumni Advisory Committee, I would like to thank you for your support. As a Pathways alum, volunteer, and staff member, my experience is testament to the fact that a young person’s experience with Pathways does not end after high school.

Pathways continues to support student success long after graduation and countless Pathways students successfully transition to post-secondary education, pursue a career in trades, or even start their own business.

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As Chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee, I have the pleasure of leading a group of engaged alumni as we help inform decision-making at Pathways Canada. Alumni across the country are also participating in networking opportunities, social events, and workshops which continue to foster a life-long love of learning and community engagement. Pathways was there for us during our youth, and now we are giving back to the next generation. We are proof that the Pathways Program works, and proof of the positive impact the program has on the lives of students well beyond graduation.

We know that where we are today would not be possible without Pathways supporters, whose unwavering commitment allows us to achieve success. Thank you for believing in our potential.

Tyler Fournier

Pathways alum
Chair, Pathways Alumni Advisory Committee
Coach, Pathways Hamilton

As Chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee, I have the pleasure of leading a group of engaged alumni as we help inform decision-making at Pathways Canada. Alumni across the country are also participating in networking opportunities, social events, and workshops which continue to foster a life-long love of learning and community engagement. Pathways was there for us during our youth, and now we are giving back to the next generation. We are proof that the Pathways Program works, and proof of the positive impact the program has on the lives of students well beyond graduation.

We know that where we are today would not be possible without Pathways supporters, whose unwavering commitment allows us to achieve success. Thank you for believing in our potential.

Tyler Fournier

Pathways alum
Chair, Pathways Alumni Advisory Committee
Coach, Pathways Hamilton


Greetings

from the Government of Canada

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Greetings

from the Government
of Canada

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On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Pathways to Education for its valuable contributions to the future success of young Canadians.

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Pathways to Education helps youth from low-income communities across the country to graduate from high school and develop necessary life skills along the way. Each year, high school graduation rates continue to improve in the communities served, and more than 6,000 Pathways alumni are pursuing their post-secondary journeys today.

The work of Pathways to Education and their community partners has been critical to laying a foundation for continued learning through post-secondary education, and helping the next generation reach its full potential. Through these difficult times, Pathways to Education will have an even greater impact, helping Canada’s most vulnerable students complete their studies and transition to post-secondary institutions. This is why I am proud of our government’s continued support, so that more young Canadians have a real and fair chance at success.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Government of Canada

Pathways to Education helps youth from low-income communities across the country to graduate from high school and develop necessary life skills along the way. Each year, high school graduation rates continue to improve in the communities served, and more than 6,000 Pathways alumni are pursuing their post-secondary journeys today.

The work of Pathways to Education and their community partners has been critical to laying a foundation for continued learning through post-secondary education, and helping the next generation reach its full potential. Through these difficult times, Pathways to Education will have an even greater impact, helping Canada’s most vulnerable students complete their studies and transition to post-secondary institutions. This is why I am proud of our government’s continued support, so that more young Canadians have a real and fair chance at success.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Government of Canada