Great Lakes Secondary School receives $35,000 donation

The donation from the Catherine Wilson Foundation will go towards scholarships, the school's library, and athletics

Foundation Board member, Scott McKelvie, (right) making the presentation to GLSS principal, Paul Wiersma (Left) (Photo provided)

The Catherine Wilson Foundation has donated $35,000 to Great Lakes Secondary School.

The money will be divided between scholarships, the school’s library, and athletics. $21,000 will go towards seven, $3,000 graduation scholarships, $5,000 has been set aside for the school library, which was named after Wilson, and $9,000 has been designated for the athletics program.

The late Catherine Wilson was an English teacher at Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical School (SCITS) for more than 35 years and she established the foundation that carries her name in 1998. The foundation has provided student scholarships and funding for extra-curricular programs at SCITS since 2010.

“The Catherine Wilson Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of the citizens of this community and one significant way is through the provision of scholarships to Great Lakes Secondary School, as the successor to SCITS,” said Scott McKelvie a foundation board member.

“Scholarships enable more of our students to be able to pursue post-secondary education,” said GLSS Principal Paul Wiersma. “The financial support for the Catherine Wilson Library has enabled it to have high quality learning resources with one of the highest circulations among school libraries. Support for athletics and extra-curricular programs allows students to develop their full potential.”

More information on the Catherine Wilson Foundation can be found at

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