When you get to the top of the mountain, reach back and extend a helping hand to someone behind you.
New provincial court judge Donald McLeod delivered that message to guests at the third annual Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada fundraiser in Concord recently.
“If you want to reach levels so you can have a reputation, then you have to do something for the village,” said McLeod. “It’s unfair to stand on shoulders and take whatever you could just for yourself without giving back. This village needs to understand that in order for us to move forward, we have to recognize that the playing field must be level.”
Established in February 2010, the EFCCC provides scholarships and supports organizations outside Canada dedicated to offering a safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children.
The Eden Valley Children’s Village located on 47 acres of land in Four Paths in the parish of Clarendon is the first project that the EFCCC has adopted.
This year’s scholarship recipients were Terena Rodriques and Leneese Knight.
A graduate of George Harvey Collegiate Institute, Rodriques is a first-year nursing student at George Brown College.
“This scholarship is a blessing,” said Rodriques who is a member of the Toronto Seventh-day Adventist Church. “I work part-time and it’s a bit of a struggle for me to pay tuition.”
Knight, a single mother of a six-year-old daughter, is a second-year nursing student at Humber College.
“I will use this money to buy text books,” said the Meadowbrook Seventh-day Adventist member who graduated from Lincoln Alexander Secondary School and has a passion for hair styling.