The power of planned gifts
In helping students financially, Gosselin has witnessed the relief scholarships have given recipients. With her planned gift to Concordia, Gosselin hopes that even more students will benefit.
“This kind of support helps advance Concordia’s 9 Strategic Directions, including to Go Beyond,” says Silvia Ugolini, principal director of Planned Giving at Concordia. “Bequests allow the next-generation of students and researchers to thrive. We are grateful to Lorraine Gosselin for her continuous support of her alma mater.”
Fulfilling a lifelong dream
Ever since she was a child, Gosselin had her heart set on going to university. When she moved to Montreal, she seized the opportunity and enrolled in physics as a working student in the 1970s at Sir George Williams University, one of Concordia’s founding institutions.
Though it was initially a perfect fit thanks to the university’s flexible evening classes, Gosselin was juggling a career in IT that eventually demanded her full focus. She decided to put her studies on pause.
After retiring in December 1992, Gosselin found herself with the time and capacity to pursue her academic goals, earning her degree in English and creative writing in 1997.
“When I came back, I was retired,” she says. “It didn’t seem useful to have a physics degree only to practice in my basement, so I went with one of my other passions, which was writing.”
Gosselin’s support of Concordia students will ensure that they, too, will be able to complete the education they’ve always wanted. “Even a small amount can really make a difference to the students,” she says. “Regardless of what you think you can offer, find out how you can carry it forward.”