Carleton students now eligible for $40,000 leadership and community-building opportunity

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship has been working in tandem with five Canadian partner universities – St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS), Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, QC), McGill University (Montreal, QC), University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON), and Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) – to offer the yearlong Fellowship program for the past nine years.

Now, they are welcoming Carleton University, located in Ottawa, Ontario, as a sixth partner.

Carleton University’s Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic), Dr. David J. Hornsby, says this new partnership is one built on shared values.  

“Carleton University is excited to partner with the Pathy Family Foundation to enhance our experiential learning opportunities through the Pathy Foundation Fellowship,” Hornsby says.

The Fellowship aspires to foster more civically-minded and oriented graduates. Fostering global citizen scholars lies at the heart of the Carleton education experience. The addition of this Fellowship provides students at the undergraduate and graduate levels a wonderful chance to apply what they have learned and the skills they have gained to the betterment of their communities.

Dr. David J. Hornsby

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic), Carleton University

Graduating students from Carleton University will now be eligible for the community leadership program and may receive up to $40,000 in support of a community project.

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is facilitated by Coady Institute on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. The Fellowship is a yearlong community-focused experiential learning opportunity aimed to develop active and effective change-makers, while creating positive social change in communities around the world. Fellows develop new tools and skills through participatory workshops; work closely with communities to foster sustainable and positive social change through co-developed community projects; and receive mentorship and personal development support through Coady staff, dedicated leadership coaching, and peer fellows.

“Youth leadership is a key area of focus and commitment for us at Coady Institute,” says Interim Executive Director, Eileen Alma. “Bringing Carleton into the partnership with the Pathy Foundation and the other five partner universities allows us to further our collective commitment to supporting youth leaders both locally and globally.”

The Fellowship was founded by the Pathy Family Foundation as part of their commitment to supporting people, organizations, and movements for social change. The Foundation’s key pillars include community development and engagement, social entrepreneurship and inclusive economies, rights and empowerment – and education and leadership.

The Pathy Family Foundation is excited to welcome Carleton University into the Fellowship’s network of partners this year and to offer this program to a new group of motivated changemakers. The team at Carleton has demonstrated a clear understanding of the Fellowship’s objectives and a shared passion for supporting leadership excellence. We look forward to building and growing this partnership with Carleton in the years to come.

Michelle LeDonne

Executive Director, Pathy Family Foundation

The current cohort of Pathy Fellows are dedicating their skills and experience to initiatives they’ve co-designed with various communities in Canada, and also in Nigeria, Pakistan, Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania. They’re addressing diverse issues such as human trafficking, mental health, economic development, green energy transition, anti-racism in education, and more.

Danie Mahirane, a graduate of University of Ottawa, is working to support pregnant girls in the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Uganda – a community where she once lived. Mahirane is working alongside the community and its members to develop apprenticeship opportunities where the young mothers will build toward sustainable livelihoods. She is also working to develop an awareness building campaign that will aim to educate community members and shift social norms.

Learn more about Danie and her Fellowship experience.

“It’s exciting to see this generation of young leaders dedicate themselves to professional development, to supporting each other, and to social change,” Alma adds. “I look forward to seeing how new graduates from Carleton University also enhance this experience for everyone involved.”

Applications for the 2024-25 cohort open September 11.

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