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article imageGovernor General visits Toronto Pathways facility

By KJ Mullins     Nov 15, 2010 in World
The Rexdale Pathways to Education facility was visited by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Saturday.
Pathways is a program designed to reduce the high school dropout rate for youth in some of Ontario's low-income communities. By providing supports in academic, social, financial, and advocacy the program helps youth to finish high school before continuing onto post-secondary education and careers.
The Governor General participated in a round-table discussion with program participants, volunteers and administrators about the challenges and the successes of the program that begin in 2001. Today there are over 395 high school students across 30 different schools enrolled.
"Pathways to Education is honoured to be amongst the first organizations to receive official patronage status from Canada's new Governor General" said David Hughes, President and CEO, Pathways to Education Canada in a press release. "His Excellency's long-standing commitment to the interconnectedness of knowledge and to the motto Contemplare Meliora, meaning "To envisage a better world," is certainly in line with Pathways goal to ensure all youth are given the opportunity to further their education and achieve their full potential."
Pathways hopes to be serving 10,000 students in 20 communities by 2015. The programs currently operates in eleven communities including Regent Park, Lawrence Heights, Rexdale and Scarborough in Toronto.
Students in the program are provided with tutoring, mentoring, student advocacy and financial assistance that includes transit tickets and meal vouchers. There are also academic scholarships for post-secondary education.
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