CNA, Fry Family Foundation celebrate 15-year partnership

Nearly $1 million in funding used to support 400 students

9/23/2021 10:15:20 AM

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Like most 15-year relationships, there is always a reason to celebrate such a milestone.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and the Fry Family Foundation did just that on September 22 at The Fluvarium in St. John’s. President & CEO Liz Kidd and Trudy Barnes, Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation, were joined by Darryl and Marlene Fry, founders of the organization, Paul Burt, Foundation President, along with a number of award/scholarship recipients over the years.

Since the partnership began in 2006, the Fry Family Foundation has contributed nearly $1 million in funding for scholarships and awards to CNA, which has been used to assist 400 students. The Foundation is known for its work to build stronger communities by supporting health, social causes, the arts, and by investing in the development of future talent in the province.
CNA and the Fry Family Foundation celebrated 15 years of partnership. Part of the event involved recognizing past award recipients. Included in this photo: (front) Darryl and Marie Fry, Fry Family Foundation founders; Marie and Paul Burt, Foundation President; (back) Lisa Winsor, Business Leadership Achievement Award; Angelita White, Leadership Achievement Award (in progress); Madison Greening, Leadership Achievement Award; Nathan Wells, Artist Scholarship; and Liz Kidd, CNA President and CEO. Missing from photo are: Samantha Fitzpatrick, Terri Swain, and Cyndi Hickey.

The celebration was an opportunity for the Frys to meet some of the students in person who have benefitted from the funding opportunities. The Foundation’s work in post-secondary education has been carried out with the idea that education is a pathway to better futures and sustainable communities.

Most recently, CNA and the Fry Family Foundation have implemented a work-integrated learning opportunity for students in the college’s Community Leadership Development program. Through this partnership students gain hands-on experience that support not-for-profit and charitable organizations in the province.

CNA’s President & CEO says one can never underestimate what these awards mean to the college’s students as they make the journey to become graduates and future community leaders.
Liz Kidd, CNA President & CEO

“Everything we do is for them,” said Kidd. “Anyone who has been a student knows exactly how important it is to remove or lessen financial barriers so that learning can happen. These awards recognize leadership, achievement, academic excellence, community, not-for-profit, volunteerism, and continuous improvement. By recognizing these attributes, we are also helping to build the next generation of leaders. We are thankful for the support and generosity of the Fry Family Foundation in making dreams come true.”

Burt says the Fry Family Foundation continues its work to support communities in areas where it is needed most.

“We are so pleased to have been able to make this impact on CNA students’ lives through a variety of scholarships and awards,” said Burt, Foundation President. “Our partnership is strong and continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of students across CNA campuses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. I believe we all can be proud of what we have accomplished together in educational opportunities and in giving back to the community. Our commitment as a foundation and partner will always be to offer support and to help students be all they can be no matter what barriers or challenges they face. We all have a role to play.”
Paul Burt, Fry Family Foundation President, spoke about the foundation’s work to assist post-secondary students and communities during the celebration of the 15-year partnership between the Foundation and CNA.

Samantha Fitzpatrick, one of the award winners in attendance, graduated from CNA’s Office Administration program and now works in the college’s Marketing, Communications & Recruitment Department. She knows first-hand the importance of receiving financial help during a post-secondary career.

“Winning the Fry Family Foundation CNA Leadership Achievement Award was not only a huge help financially; it also encouraged me to stay involved in my community,” said Fitzpatrick. “It was such an honour to be recognized.”

In keeping with the Fry Family Foundation’s support of the arts community, the event also saw CNA’s Textiles & Apparel Design students showcase some of their creative work.
The Fry Family Foundation is a huge supporter of the arts community. Marlene Fry, organization founder, spoke with CNA’s Textiles & Apparel Design students, as they showcased some of their creative work.

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Michelle Barry
Communications Manager
College of the North Atlantic