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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. Read about our employee donors on the Employee Giving Spotlight page.



Lou MacEachern knows first-hand the value of an education. Growing up in Hazel Grove, P.E.I., he started on the same path many of his generation did on the Island in the ‘40s, and left school at a young age to help run the family farm. Pursuing an education was always on his mind though, and in 1956 he returned to Queen Charlotte School in Charlottetown as what is now known as a ‘mature student’. In those days there weren’t many people Lou’s age returning to school.

“My classmates called me ‘the old man with the briefcase’ – I was 23 years old and in grade eight”, recalled Lou.

With some extra help from his teachers, Lou graduated high school, went on to attend post-secondary training at Prince of Wales College, and then to Dalhousie University where he studied commerce. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1964 and with his combination of determination, ambition, a keen business sense, and an education, Lou worked hard to establish himself as a leader in the business community.

His first business venture was launching a cleaning company – Servpro. Today, Lou is president and owner of Fortune Industries Ltd. At 88 years young, Lou certainly hasn’t slowed down; he still arrives at his office at about 6:00 am each day.

Throughout his life Lou has never forgotten the important role that his education played in creating a fulfilling and successful career, and that, along with his strong sense of community, led Lou to become involved with many charitable organizations and educational institutions across the country. The Holland College Foundation and Holland College are grateful for his long-time support.

In 2015 Lou created a unique opportunity for hard-working Holland College students called 'Earn a Car'. Each year, Lou donates a brand-new car and four cash awards of $1,000 each to the Holland College Foundation, to be awarded to five deserving students who are nominated by faculty and staff based on merit, character, and academic achievement.

“Ultimately, I hope to motivate students to keep striving to reach their goals, to roll up their sleeves and put the work in, and to give back to their communities,” explained Lou.

Lou takes the time to meet with the finalists each year and continues to be a mentor to many, as they move forward in their chosen educational paths and careers. In addition to this, Lou supports Holland College students, through the Louis W. MacEachern Bursaries for Aspiring Business Leaders, for which he has donated $70,000 in student bursaries over the last seven years.

“Our gratitude to Lou is immense,” said Jo-Ann Campbell-Boutilier, Holland College Foundation Executive Director. “His generosity to our students, our college, and our community as a whole, is nothing short of inspiring.”



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 Duffys 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.”