Making transformation possible

The transformative force of education is something Dr. Anne Keenleyside and her partner, Patrick Butler, have witnessed time and again through their work at Trent University. Recently, Anne shared with us how fortunate she feels to have had the resources – money, time and family support – that allowed her to pursue higher education and to become a professor of anthropology.

Both Anne and Patrick have had the good fortune of being surrounded by loving parents who demonstrated the importance and power of giving back to their community. Patrick’s parents Roy and Beverly Butler gave tirelessly of their time and energy to many causes in the Peterborough area including Five Counties Children’s Centre, Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Brock Mission.

In an incredible gesture of generosity and as a way of celebrating the memory of Roy and Beverly’s legacy of volunteerism, Anne and Patrick donated $25,000 to the YWCA’s Long Term Education Award earlier this year. This significant investment is critical to the ongoing sustainability of the award that offers up to $2,000 per year to women who are pursuing education in fields that will offer them a future of security and stability.

On behalf of the YWCA Education Committee, we want to express our utmost gratitude to Anne and Patrick for their generous donation. This amazing gift will ensure the continuity of a multi-year award that helps women better their lives, and their families’ lives, through higher education.

The sustainability of the Long Term Education Award is a priority for our committee and this contribution will help to alleviate some of our ongoing concerns over funding.

– Noni Chowdhury and Katherine Moore, Co-Chairs of the YWCA Education Committee

We can’t thank Anne and Patrick enough for this crucial investment in the future of women and children in the Peterborough Haliburton area and for honouring volunteerism by celebrating the Butlers’ important work in our community.

Learn more about YWCA Education Awards