Hope & Peter (Pat) Birnie Fund

Born in North Cobalt and Latchford, Hope & Pat  were  true Northerners all their lives.   Pat felt Northern Ontario was the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. They lived in New Liskeard from the time of their marriage and were committed members and leaders of many community organizations.

Neither Hope nor Pat had been able to complete high school due to family circumstances and they wanted that educational advantage for their children.  So, alone on their wedding night in December 1939, they made a family plan to have 6 children and send them all to university.  By 1962 the family included 6 boys and 2 girls. In 1963 the first of a succession of their children was off on the train to Queen’s University in Kingston.  The youngest two boys would choose Carleton University in Ottawa and a career in professional hockey in Europe.  The university bound children pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, social work and business.  Ever interested in education, Hope and Pat watched as their 18 grandchildren come of age and pursue university educations and skilled trades. As of 2007 the children and grandchildren have accumulated 33 degrees and professional designations with the 6 youngest members of the family still to follow. Pat & Hope’s family plan included ensuring their children went on to post secondary education. This remains a central focus of their extended family. Their children wanted to see this learning legacy continue and after Pat’s death  in 2007 a Bursary Fund was established.  In alternate years a $500 Bursary will go to a student graduating from TDSS or ECSSM pursuing post secondary education.

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