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Former PM Brian Mulroney headlines successful fundraiser for Project Resilience

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 2, 2022 3:00 p.m.

The event raised money and awareness for the University of Regina’s Project Resilience, a fund created to provide services, scholarships, and stipends for course materials to students whose families, homes, and lives have been disrupted by the hardships of war.
The event raised money and awareness for the University of Regina’s Project Resilience, a fund created to provide services, scholarships, and stipends for course materials to students whose families, homes, and lives have been disrupted by the hardships of war. University Advancement and Communications

In a show of support for Project Resilience, University of Regina faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other guests gathered for a special event last night featuring former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in conversation with Patricia Elliott, a U of R faculty member currently teaching Investigative and Community Journalism at First Nations University of Canada. The event also featured testimonials from two U of R students – Nadiia Komarnytska and Zohra Zahir – whose home countries have been devastated by war.

U of R President at Project Resilience
Dr. Keshen spoke at the event, which also featured a testimonial from Nadiia Komarnytska (middle), who was born and raised in Ukraine before moving to Regina where she recently graduated from the Faculty of Science and has been active in supporting her home country since the conflict with Russia began. Also speaking at the event was Zohra Zahir (right), a PhD candidate in Biology, who, in 2018, came to Regina from Afghanistan, where she still has family members living under Taliban rule.
Credit: UAC

All proceeds from the event went to Project Resilience, an initiative launched by the University of Regina to support students attending the U of R who are affected by war or other forms of political violence in their home countries so they may continue their studies.

“Hearing from Nadiia and Zohra brought to light the difficult reality that some of our students at the U of R and their families are facing back in their home countries,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, the U of R President and Vice-Chancellor. “In doing so, it also underscored the important purpose of Project Resilience, which is to support these students. I was very happy to see the way the U of R community rallied behind this event, by showing up, and making donations. Getting a chance to hear former Prime Minister Mulroney speak was a fantastic opportunity. I want to thank him for donating his time to this event, and express my appreciation to the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us to organize it.”  

Project resilience fundraiser

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and First Nations University of Canada professor of Investigative and Community Journalism Patricia Elliott touched on several topics, including Canada’s role in the Ukraine conflict, the state of democracy, the environment, foreign affairs, and the economy.
Credit: UAC

The Student Awards and Financial Aid office is accepting applications from qualifying students for the Project Resilience fund. You can make a donation to Project Resilience by visiting giving.uregina.ca.

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