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Thank you for changing students’ lives

During a year when learners’ goals of completing post-secondary education were threatened by the pandemic, you were there to lend a helping hand. Thank you! We are so grateful for donors like you for continuing to make philanthropy a priority in your life. Your gifts not only support equipment, scholarships, bursaries and mental health, but also make an immeasurable impact on our community.

Scholarship recipient Michael Gill with his wife and daughter.
I always tell my daughter to just try her best. Receiving this award shows her that hard work and dedication pays off.

Scholarships help student provide a better life for her family

“All I wanted was a good life for my kids.”

 Samantha Richards (Plumber '20)  admits the road to creating a better life for herself and her family hasn’t been easy. One of the most difficult – and rewarding – decisions she ever made was taking the leap of faith to make a career change.

Now a red seal plumber, Richards reflects on her five-year educational journey, which at times, was so challenging academically, personally and financially, it felt like her dream was out of reach. She credits her family – and support she’s received through scholarships – for helping her through some of those dark and difficult days.

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Scholarship recipient Samantha pictured with her son
Scholarship recipient Lance Stevenson
This gift has significantly eased our minds. I am to keep track of all the help I received and contribute back to students.

Donor helps people succeed through scholarships and personal fitness

“Even if I have to work a little bit harder to get that extra client, I will still provide the scholarship."

Like many entrepreneurs, the pandemic has had an impact on Mark Kay (Personal Fitness Trainer ’06) and his small business. Serving clients is more important than ever, he says, as people are struggling.

Last year, in addition to funding an annual scholarship, Kay gave NAIT students valuable work experience through practicum placements. His motivation is partly about supporting aspiring personal trainers, but also about giving back to the program that gave him so much.

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Mark Kay pictured in his St. Albert home personal fitness gym.
President and CEO of NAIT Laura Jo Gunter pictured in front of the Feltham Centre on main campus.

Get to know more about our president and CEO

"The chance to lead NAIT was an incredible opportunity."

With a long history as a leader in post-secondary education across Canada, Laura Jo Gunter became NAIT’s seventh president and CEO in August 2020. She’s a champion of polytechnic education and is grateful to see so much support from the community and donors. 

We asked her about herself and her vision for NAIT. 

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