Sobey family opens doors of opportunity

Largest philanthropic investment in NSCC's history made by members of the Sobey family

Sobey family opens doors of opportunity

Rob Sobey speaks during announcement ceremony on September 21, 2017.

“We can leverage this investment to brighten the economic outlook of Nova Scotian families from every community in this province.” – Rob Sobey

Fast Fact

Sobeys Culinary Centres are located at six NSCC campuses across the province: Akerley, Kingstec, Marconi, Pictou, Strait Area and Lunenburg

Thanks to the largest philanthropic investment in NSCC’s history from members of the Sobey family, the College will be able to offer relief for those in the province facing socio-economic barriers to access to post-secondary education.  

Through three major gifts, The Donald R. Sobey Foundation, The Sobey Foundation and Frank, Heather, Karl and Ann Sobey have contributed a combined total of $6.5 million. Building on an existing partnership between the Sobeys and NSCC, these new strategic investments will establish a broad legacy around access to education for all Nova Scotians.

These gifts were announced at the newly-renamed Ivany Campus on September 21, 2017 to an audience of hundreds of students, staff and community members.

The Donald R. Sobey Foundation Fund

A $4-million gift from the Donald R. Sobey Foundation will directly recruit and assist those who are facing barriers to attaining a post-secondary education. The fund will create up to 80 bursaries valued at $2,000 each.

Rob Sobey says, “Our hope is that through the direct participation and leadership of community organizations and law enforcement, we can leverage this investment to brighten the economic outlook of Nova Scotian families from every community in this province - from Meat Cove to Yarmouth and everywhere in between.”

He adds, “We are so very proud to be able to work with all of these organizations to help facilitate opportunity and change through education.”

Donald Sobey says he was inspired to establish the fund by his father who, despite only having an eighth-grade education, attended night classes in New Glasgow to improve the business skills he would later use to launch the Sobeys grocery enterprise.

“Father had a great respect for education,” he says. “If there had been a community college at that time, I’m sure he would have attended.”

The Sobey Foundation culinary gift

The Sobey Foundation has invested $2 million in support of students enrolled in culinary programs and the refurbishment of the Sobeys Culinary Centres located at six NSCC campuses across the province.

“The Sobey Foundation believes that investing in education not only improves the lives of individuals, but also the future of the province,” says Frank Sobey on behalf of The Sobey Foundation.

“We’re delighted to partner with the ommunity college network to modernize the Sobey’s Culinary Centres which are already recognized for producing the highest quality food professionals in this province and, at the same time, making it more accessible for Nova Scotians through an enhanced bursary program.”

The Doe and Bill Sobey Inspiration Awards

In memory of their parents, siblings Frank, Heather, Karl and Ann Sobey have invested $500,000 to establish the Doe and Bill Sobey Inspiration Awards. These awards will support students at the Pictou and Marconi campuses, two regions of the province that were, as Frank Sobey says, “near and dear to their hearts.”

“Our gift is a tribute to our parents, who believed in supporting people from their communities and that education can, in fact, change lives.”

Lasting impact for students

This investment by the Sobey family supports Make Way - The Campaign for NSCC, a fundraising initiative contributing to student aid, innovative programming, instructional equipment and centres of expertise. Rob Sobey serves as the campaign’s chair.   

“The generosity of the Sobey family will make an extraordinary impact on youth who wish to embrace and benefit from post-secondary education,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux.

“Their support will serve as a catalyst, making a new beginning possible for deserving students in need. As NSCC starts a new school year. The timing of this commitment is inspiring.” 

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“We can leverage this investment to brighten the economic outlook of Nova Scotian families from every community in this province.” – Rob Sobey

Fast Fact

Sobeys Culinary Centres are located at six NSCC campuses across the province: Akerley, Kingstec, Marconi, Pictou, Strait Area and Lunenburg

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