I am Tyndale’s Assistant Director, Development. I enjoy connecting with Tyndale alumni, faculty, students, staff, friends and supporters and hearing what excites you about Tyndale -- and what God is doing in and through you!
An update from award recipient Giovanna Heron
December 22, 2016
I received the Corporal Chad O’Quinn award last year, and again this year. It has been a great assistance to alleviating some of the cost of tuition. This past semester at Tyndale has been great; outside of theology and theoretical counselling courses, I was able to take the skills lab course which teaches practical counselling skills for internship and future work in therapy. I will be taking internship in September 2017 and I look forward to being placed in a chaplaincy position or working in spiritual care. I have been doing some work as a student chaplain in the military, and I believe the skills I have learned at Tyndale will allow me to go forward with confidence into the role of military chaplaincy in the next few years.
I would like to thank the supporters of this award for your contributions – financially, in prayer, and through promotion of the award.
Today is #ThankYouThursday! Thank you, Alumni, for supporting Tyndale students on #GivingTuesday. Together, we raised $2,190 to support student financial aid for the 16/17 academic year.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Virlyn thanks Tyndale alumni!
We are so thankful for all of the stories, support and prayers that you have shared with us so far today! Already, Tyndale Alumni have generously given $1,990 to make a difference in the lives of our students.
If you haven’t had chance to give yet, there are still a few more hours left for you to help us reach our $5,000 goal for #GivingTuesday!
Thank you for supporting Tyndale students!
Thank you, Alumni!
Hi Alumni family!
Just a quick note from me, Emily, to give an update on our progress today. So far we have raised $870 towards our $5,000, #GivingTuesday goal.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
If you haven’t given yet, please continue to prayerfully consider making a gift towards student bursaries and scholarships. Your gift can make a difference in the lives of students like me!
Emily Wiles, BA Business Administration - International Development 2017And External Relations Intern
Coffee time and run reflections.
The 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront run is now done and I can sit back and enjoy a leisurely coffee. It was a great day. The rain held off for me to cross the finish line and join my colleagues in celebration. This year, over 26,000 runners participated and Nathan Philips Square was bustling with energy - even with rain coming down on us.
Regardless of how I do, it's always a rush when crossing the line and hearing your name called out. My goal to run a faster 5k year this year was just missed by a few minutes. So, the planning and preparation for 2017 starts now.
But wait... There's even more to cheer about! With the gifts received today and later this week, I will have surpassed my fundraising goal! Thank you for giving. The students who receive support to stay in school will be so appreciative.
Thank you all for your encouragement and support.
I did not run alone - I carried you with me in my heart.
Tough to run when you want to stop and enjoy these country roads!
Thanksgiving. A weekend to reflect and give thanks for all you have. For all who love and support you. For everything that surrounds you.
THANK YOU for supporting my run. THANK YOU for supporting struggling students. THANK YOU for supporting the future.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront run is only 5 days away. I don't quite feel ready. Maybe it was the delicious Thanksgiving food that is still resting in my tummy. Maybe it was taking a few fall strolls to enjoy the colours instead of a hard run. In any case, in 5 days I will be crossing the finishing line - and I thank YOU because I can't do it without you.
With Thanksgiving appreciation,
"There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going." - Beverly Sills
There are 18 days until the run. 18 days of training opportunities. 18 days of prioritizing a run over other activities. 18 days to encourage. 18 days to focus. 18 days to just make it happen.
There are no shortcuts.
On my run yesterday, my first in over a week since catching a cold, I pushed hard. Running through trails with the trees arching up around me, hearing the crush of gravel under my feet, each breath visible in front of me, it was clear: I can do this.
PS: Thank you for your support. I am getting closer to reaching my fundraising target. Every dollar is a blessing. Every gift is appreciated. THANK YOU!
Giovanna prepares to raise the standard of the Lt. Governor of Ontario. (09/15)
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Canada after completing high school. In university I studied engineering and science, and eventually joined the military as an engineer officer. I have completed various phases of military training and thoroughly enjoyed being an engineer for the few years that I have been a part of the trade. With my Regiment I have been to various exercises that have included demolitions, building bridges, building obstacle courses, and training for a variety of weather conditions. Whatever task an engineer may be required for by the country, we are trained to do it; so in many ways, it has been a very exciting journey.
During my first military course I had a tragedy in my family, and my grandmother passed away. I was still in training at the time, and had immense support from the chaplains at the base and I do not think I could have continued the training without their encouragement and prayers. It was shortly after this that I felt God leading me to become a chaplain to serve members and their families through counselling grief and PTSD, and counselling families. This was not something that I had ever imagined for myself or something I planned for. However, after months of prayer and discernment I knew it was a part of His plan. I then had to go back to school to complete the Master of Divinity as it is required to be a chaplain in the military.
When searching for a seminary I was led to Tyndale after talking with a few ladies from my church. They attended the seminary and had nothing but great things to say about the environment and level of learning and care that was part of the Tyndale culture. I was also drawn to the diversity of the professors’ and students’ backgrounds and denominations which I thought would make the experience richer. This diversity really pulled me to Tyndale, as I know that in serving as a military chaplain, I will encounter people of various denominations and of various faiths. I have learned so much from all my courses so far, and enjoy the interaction with other students. I think what I have come to appreciate the most is the experience of starting every lecture with prayer.
I am currently in my second year of study at Tyndale, and look forward to the journey ahead. I feel that God has led me to the best place, to serve my country through my faith.
Thank you for supporting me through the Corporal Chad O'Quinn Memorial Award. It is an honour to be the first recipient of the award.
Hi Tyndale Alumni!
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Thank you for your support!
Geared up and ready for STWM 2015!
Surrounded by thousands at Toronto's Exhibition Place we picked up our run kits today. It's tough to not be inspired by so many enthusiastic runners!
This is real. This is happening. In just two days I'll be crossing the finish line.
What's even more exciting? I'm just a few dollars away from reaching my fundraising goal! Thanks for all of your support and encouragement!
Published The Greatest Needs (2017/2018)
Published Victor & Maureen Shepherd Bursary Fund
Published Run for Tyndale Students 2017
Published Tyndale's "Green" Stairwells
Published Tyndale Music Fund
Published Mission: Ireland 2017
Published Mission: Japan 2017
Published Mission: Guatemala 2017
Published a post on Corporal Chad O'Quinn Memorial Award
Published a post on Alumni in Action on Giving Tuesday
Published Alumni in Action on Giving Tuesday
Published Jevon Bryan Award for Youth and Community Leadership
Donated to Joanna's 5k for Tyndale Students
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