Sheridan College taking steps to assist community amid pandemic


Published April 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm


Sheridan College has made the transition to online-only learning to protect both students and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

As of April 1, Sheridan launched the #SheridanHelps Initiative, which will provide assistance for members of the Sheridan community.

Students will now have the opportunity to apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary, which currently has $1 million of available funds thanks to unrestricted donor support and funding from the Provincial government.

Currently, students will be eligible to receive funding up to $1,500 to assist with immediate costs such as paying for rent and food–students who receive the grant may also use it to offset the costs of travelling home.

“Students are at the centre of everything we do at Sheridan,” Janet Morrison, president and vice-chancellor of Sheridan College, said in a news release.”

The pandemic has caused additional stress for learners who are now facing unexpected obstacles and constraints. This bursary will help us sustain the basic conditions that fuel our learners’ success,” she continued.

Further, Sheridan has donated several different forms of medical equipment, including gloves, masks and gowns, face shields, safety glasses, sanitizers, and particulate respirators to stores serving Trillium Health Partners and the William Osler Health System.

“I continue to be inspired by the creativity, ingenuity and compassion that personifies our Sheridan community,” Morrison said.

“This pandemic is bigger than any of us. I am more certain than ever that harnessing our collective capacity and demonstrating compassion are the keys to navigating this uncharted territory successfully,” she added.

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