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Media Release – March 8, 2021
For Immediate Release

In response to a recent report and decision made by the HWDSB trustees to issue sanctions following breaches of their code of conduct, the Board of Directors and staff representing the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success (HFSS) reaffirms its ongoing commitment to advancing human rights, equity and inclusion.

The following is a statement from Ian Brisbin, HFSS Board Chair:

“The Hamilton Foundation for Student Success (HFSS) believes that racism of any kind has no place in our society and must be eradicated from schools and workplaces. We also recognize and acknowledge that systemic racism and oppression negatively impacts students and families in our diverse community.

 In doing our part, the HFSS reaffirms its ongoing commitment to reviewing all of its governance practices and structures. We will continue to be supportive and responsive to the needs of historically underserved students – this includes speaking up for students when systemic barriers prevent their success.

 Through its values of being responsible, equitable, transparent and inclusive, HFSS aims to be a resource for students in the public school board to address injustice. Working to remedy academic disparity as a result of systemic and individual marginalization is central to our mission. HFSS remains determined to pursue opportunities that will help students learn, grow and succeed.”

Media Release
For Immediate Release

$21,000 in Grants Awarded to HWDSB Schools

Hamilton, Ontario – Dec. 20, 2019: Students in 23 Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) schools will receive increased opportunities as a result of the latest grant allocation from the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success totalling $21,000.

“The School Support Grants are intended to encourage the development of unique and creative educational experiences, which allow schools to enrich student achievement and build school community,” said Leah Schwenger, Chair of the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success. “School Support Grants eliminate financial burdens and provide students with opportunities to have new experiences.”

The School Support Grants support resources and initiatives related to Literacy, Numeracy, Equity and Inclusion, Positive Culture, Wellness, Physical Education, Arts, and Music.

Schools approved for School Support Grants and their projects include:

Elementary Panel Secondary Panel
  • A.M. Cunningham: Calming centre items
  • Ancaster Meadow: Dual-language books
  • Bellmoore: Musical instruments
  • Cecil B. Stirling: Dual-language books
  • Chedoke: Calm and inclusive space materials
  • George L. Armstrong: Educational books
  • Hess Street: Kindergarten outdoor education features
  • James Macdonald: Artist studio experience
  • Highview: Student mural
  • Lake Avenue: Guided reading set
  • Queen Victoria: Guided reading set
  • Queensdale: Resources for Deaf & Hard of Hearing special class
  • Sir William Osler: Makerspace in enhanced Learning Commons
  • Templemead: Dual-language books
  • Viscount Montgomery: Dual-language books
  • Westwood: Dual-language books
  • Alternative Education (Gateway Program): Wellness activities including yoga, horseback riding, driving range, painting and pottery classes
  • Ancaster High: Girl empowerment opportunities
  • Dundas Valley: First Nations Club start up
  • Glendale: Backpacks and school supplies
  • Nora Frances Henderson: Guest speakers and field trips celebrating inclusion
  • Sir Allan MacNab: Hamilton Youth Poets partnership
  • Westdale: Hamilton Youth Poets Partnership


Twice each year, HWDSB can submit applications for School Support Grants through the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success. This year, for the fall 2019 season, close to 30 applications were received and 23 grants were allocated from $750 to a maximum of $1,000. Grants are determined by the Allocation Committee, an extension of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and in consultation with HWDSB’s Executive Council.

“We’re grateful to the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success for providing schools with the opportunity to apply for funding that contributes to achievement and well-being outcomes,” said Manny Figueiredo, Director of Education for HWDSB. “Whether these funds are for books, instruments, or additional resources that support learning and culture-building, our schools are finding innovative ways to level the playing field.”

The Hamilton Foundation for Student Success works to ensure all students have equal opportunities to learn, grow and succeed to reach their full potential. The School Support Grant program is one of many offerings provided by the generosity of donors. The Foundation also provides Student Support Grants to respond to emergency or extraordinary needs of HWDSB students.