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Celebrating 10 years of local giving for local impact

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We're celebrating 10 years of local giving for local impact in Nova Scotia's communities. Read our summer newsletter here.

PEI student winner of the 2018 Peter Kohler Scholarship

Mitchell Collins

Mitchell Collins couldn’t believe the news when he received the call from the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.

He’d just found out he won the Peter Kohler Scholarship, which will support his education in engineering over the next four years.

 “I actually missed the call, but saw the number on the phone and thought, ‘Oh my god, this can’t be true.’ I went back to check the website, and I knew they only contact you if you’ve won.”

Collins will soon graduate from Bluefield High School in Hampshire, Prince Edward Island, and begin his studies at the University of Prince Edward Island this fall.

He says engineering is something he’s had an interest in from a young age, so it was an easy career choice for him.

“I know how much engineers have impacted the world, and I’ve always liked math and science.”

The Peter Kohler Scholarship will help him achieve his dream by taking the financial pressure away from an already demanding program, which will see him taking six classes each semester and working an 8:30 to 5:30 schedule every day.

“Already it’s relieving a lot of stress. I honestly didn’t know if I’d even be able to go into engineering without it,” says Collins.

That’s exactly what Peter Kohler hoped for when he established the sizable scholarship with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia to create a significant impact on the lives of engineering students in Atlantic Canada.

“Engineering is a very demanding discipline. I created this scholarship to reduce the burden and financial worries for students committed to pursuing this profession,” says Kohler.

Born in Germany, Kohler moved to Canada at the age of 23 to study mechanical engineering at Queens University. In 1977, he started a cellulose insulation firm in Debert, Nova Scotia. Around the same time, Peter introduced vinyl windows and doors to the construction industry. Kohler’s business acumen, commitment to the highest standards of quality and unrelenting pursuit of product innovation positioned his company, Kohler Windows, as an industry leader. Today, Peter Kohler is considered to be a pioneer in the window and door industry in Canada.

Collins says he plans to specialize in electrical or mechanical engineering and has a strong interest in renewable energy, which UPEI’s program will help foster. Just like the engineers he admires, he hopes to make a positive impact on the world through his future profession.

Vital Signs reports for Pictou County and Strait Region to be released in October 2018

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We're set to produce two Vital Signs reports in 2018: for Pictou County in partnership with the United Way of Pictou County and The Aberdeen Health Foundation, and for the Strait Region of Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Counties. The reports will bring the total number of Vital Signs produced by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia to 14. You can view all our previous Vital Signs reports online.

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada. It leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and identify significant trends in a range of areas to support action toward improving our collective quality of life.

Vital Conversations are currently taking place in the communities as part of the knowledge gathering stage of the process to frame the reports' priority areas.

Both reports will be released during National Vital Signs week, the first week of October 2018. Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and news of upcoming events.

Spring news from the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia


Grants, community projects and more! Read our spring newsletter here.

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