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Celebrating our Donors

It is important to us that our students develop an appreciation for the role of others in supporting their educational experience, and that they understand that many of the opportunities provided to them at the college are made possible by the generous donations of benefactors

We proudly recognize the generosity of the many individuals and organizations that support our college. Every gift is meaningful, and we are proud to celebrate its donors; however, the Holland College Foundation will never publish your name and giving level without your express consent. 

Meet some of our family of donors.



Thanks to the generosity of Jamie and Tracy Hill, single parents enrolled in a full-time Holland College program who have the responsibility of supporting dependant children now have access to a significant new bursary at Holland College. Invested as an endowment at the Holland College Foundation, the Hill family’s $100,000 gift celebrates a shared recognition by Jamie, Tracy, and their family of the importance of a post-secondary education.  Jamie also has a first-hand appreciation for Holland College as a proud alumnus, having graduated from the Programmer/Analyst program in 1984 before going on to establish and lead a number of successful technology companies.

“I got my start at Holland College,” he said.   “It’s where I launched my career, and I see daily the positive impact it had on my life and work.  I’m glad to give back.”

Ultimately, the Hill’s hope is to ease the financial burden for single parents.

“The financial pressures students face during their college or university years, coupled with the added responsibility to provide for children, must simply be overwhelming,” said Tracy.  “We really applaud those who take that step.”



Regis and Joan have been generously supporting Holland College through the Holland College Foundation since 2009. They are tremendous community benefactors, with education and the arts holding particularly special places in their hearts.

In 2015, the Duffy’s made a leadership contribution toward the construction of a performance hall in the former Prince of Wales College auditorium, now named the Florence Simmons Performance Hall.

Additionally, the Duffy’s have chosen to support the revitalization of The Culinary Institute of Canada through the Nourish campaign, and they have generously given to student financial aid over many years.

It would be fair to say that Regis and Joan’s inspiring leadership has been transformational, both in the lives of our students and across our campuses.



Anyone who has worked with Gaylene Carragher over the course of her many years as an employee of Holland College would agree that her dedication and enthusiasm are second to none. What would not be as widely known, is that Gaylene, like many of her colleagues, has been quietly and consistently supporting the Holland College Foundation for years through payroll deductions.

In 2015, Gaylene and her husband Jim decided to do something extra-special by pledging a gift to the construction of the Florence Simmons Performance Hall. As Program Manager for the School of Performing Arts and Manager of the new hall, Gaylene had a first-hand appreciation for how instrumental this exciting new space would be for students and saw it as an opportunity to show support and demonstrate leadership in a way consistent with both her professional and personal values.

“Giving back is important to our family,” she said. “We consider it a privilege to play a small role in assisting students to further their educational goals.”