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Algoma University Launches Student Emergency Fund

Good Afternoon,

COVID-19 has touched all of our lives in ways that we could never have imagined. It has been a challenge as we adapt to new ways of living and working during this crisis. It has also been very inspiring to see how we as a community and country have come together to support one another. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and that you are getting the support that you need to safely navigate through this crisis.

Our students are also experiencing numerous challenges as a result of COVID-19;  trying to complete their studies remotely, struggling with the loss of income, housing and food security issues, and some not being able to get home.  As a community, we pride ourselves on helping our students, and we are working to find solutions to help them through this difficult time. We have created the Algoma University Student Emergency Fund to help students with financial needs. I am reaching out to our Algoma U family of alumni and our community to help us build this fund. We recognize that some may not be to help, and that is okay, but if you can, please consider making a donation today to the Algoma University Student Emergency Fund.

Algoma University students are doing their part to flatten the curve, but many are facing financial difficulties that they couldn’t have anticipated just a few short weeks ago.

The goal of the fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to help in response to the financial hardships our students are currently facing such as;

Securing food and other essential items (toiletries, sanitizers, medication and health-related supplies, etc.)

Assisting with housing challenges for those who are self-isolating to protect their loved ones or those directly affected by border closures

Supplementing income loss due to work layoffs or a decrease in employment hours

Supporting those who are impacted as a result of the measures implemented by public health officials and government directives issued in response to COVID-19

“We have never had to make a request like this before, but these are unprecedented times, and our students need your help. If you are able and your circumstances allow you to help, please consider making a donation to the Algoma University Student Emergency Fund.”

– Savannah Shaver, Algoma University Students’ Union President

– Angela Trudeau, Shingwauk  Anishinaabe Students’ Union President

Your one-time gift or monthly donation can be made safely and securely online. Your gift is tax-deductible, and you will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. For more information on the Algoma University Student Emergency Fund or other options to donate, please contact Bev Teller, CFRE, Advancement Officer at 705-949-2301, ext. 4125 or

I want to thank those who have already reached out to us to support the Algoma University Student Emergency Fund. It is truly heartwarming to see the care and support in our community for our students and each other.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us navigate through these challenging times, and for your consideration of this very important initiative. I am so proud of my Algoma U family and our community. We could not do this without you. Together we will support each other, and make it through these challenging times.

Stay well, stay safe and stay connected.



Asima Vezina
President and Vice-Chancellor

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