Hazel Education Bursary

The YWCA Hazel Education Bursary is intended to help women who have experienced gender-based violence to reach their goals through education or training. 

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YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors, through the Education Committee, and with the generosity of donors in our community, offers bursaries of $1,500 and $2,500 to women who: 

  • have experienced barriers related to the impact of violence and abuse; 
  • have a dream to strengthen their economic security;
  • are a resident of Peterborough or Haliburton County;
  • seek to further their formal or informal education, or develop skills.

Hazel’s Legacy

Since 1998, the YWCA has honoured Hazel’s vision of helping women pursue their dreams and overcome barriers related to their experiences of violence and abuse. Hazel was a consumer, advisor, and volunteer of several community services.  Hazel passed away in 1996, after a long struggle with breast cancer. Soon afterwards an education fund was created by friends and admirers to honour this very special woman.  

Hazel: A Daughter’s Perspective

Hazel, my mother, was a strong woman who shared her spirit with as many people as possible.  You will now carry her spirit too.

Who was she? A woman. A beginner. A mother. A shoulder. A leader.  A past. She met her struggles and endured. She saw others struggle and showed them how to survive.  She shared the roads she travelled, and the experiences and lessons she learned.

While battling the bout of cancer, she took us — my brother, sister, and I, from a life of domination and violence. We were faced with nothing, but what we were leaving behind posed such a threat that “nothing” was better than how we had lived. Alongside Mum, many have faced overwhelming battles and carried on. Rebuilding our lives through such hurdles as court, lawyers, house seeking, and remaining safe, she found ways to deal with her own pain on the side and showed us how to live this new life. These experiences she used later to give a chance to friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

When people met the strength of this smiling, laughing woman little did they know their lives would be enriched by her knowledge and life experiences. She overcame obstacles that stood in the ways of success. This carried her back into the world we left; only now she was addressing these family oriented barriers facing other women, such as child health, subsidized housing, and personal welfare issues. Not only did she introduce the accesses available to fight, but also she befriended all those she touched.

Mum believed that everyone deserves a chance and that chance should be made possible. She learned to speak out and encouraged others to stand up and be heard. Today, you are receiving a chance to pursue your dreams. Perhaps you have overcome some barriers already. 

Now you are being given a chance to take another step towards your goal. Not only are you making a place for women through your actions but you are also carrying her spirit with you. Thank you.

Note: Women from rural areas will be given special consideration for this award, as per Hazel’s request.

How to Apply

The 2021 Hazel Education Bursary application process is now closed.

2022 application information will be available in the new year.

For more information, please call the YWCA: 705-743-3526 (Peterborough) or 705-286-1942 (Haliburton) and someone will be happy to answer your questions.

If you are the successful candidate you will be required to supply proof of registration in the formal or informal education program (or other equivalent documentation).  

Our Hazel Education Bursary is entirely funded by generous donors. To find out more about how you can help women build new lives after escaping abuse, please contact us.