but also leadership training so they may grow to become engaged leaders with meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. Following up on a new tradition begun in 2019, we will award 20 outstanding Scholars with this unique prize next spring.
I think I can speak for everyone in the Foundation community when I say that our Institute of Engaged Leadership in Yellowknife was an inspirational gathering built on learning and reflection. As we learned from one another, it was a time to explore both the beauty of Canada’s North, and take stock of forms of knowledge which can go overlooked in our academic pursuits. The Foundation’s resolve to work even harder to ensure Northern and Indigenous perspectives have an important place as we innovate our programs.
This fall also saw the culmination of more than a year of consultation and vision-building in the adoption of the Foundation’s new Strategic Plan. Insights and ideas shared during the Future Forums and our Five Year Review drove the development of the roadmap for the Foundation’s priorities for the next five years, notably offering universities an additional tool to nominate potential future Scholars who will benefit most from our leadership training program. The Foundation’s “New Year, New Ideas” event will be taking place on Friday, January 17th, 2020. The purpose of this year’s gathering is to present and share the strategic plan with our community.
Finally, I would like to extend to every member of the Foundation community, as well as our partner and peer organizations, my sincerest wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday season, and a New Year full of hope. The words of author Gabrielle Roy can offer a little bit of inspiration:
“Presque tous les humains, au fond, sont nos amis, pourvu qu'on leur laisse la chance, qu'on se remette entre leurs mains et qu'on leur laisse voir le moindre signe d'amitié. »