Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is proud to announce the reopening of the Don McBain Memorial Award for its third year, in honour of the late OAHS founder and Executive Director. This award is comprised of (3) $5,000 scholarships that will be distributed annually to (3) Indigenous students from Ontario pursuing their first year of post-secondary studies.
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services’ mission and vision are to provide safe, sustainable, and affordable housing to urban and rural Indigenous people across the province of Ontario. In addition to providing housing services, OAHS supports the communities and people we serve in a variety of other honourable and charitable ways.
Don was the driving force behind the establishment of OAHS which was incorporated in 1994 and had a positive impact on the lives of everyone he encountered. Don worked tirelessly for decades carrying out OAHS’s mission and vision. During his tenure, OAHS grew from a developing agent into a multi-faceted Corporation employing over 80 people while owning and administering a portfolio of over 2,300 safe and affordable housing units while designing and delivering both repair and homeownership program opportunities.
We want to continue honouring Don’s legacy through the Don McBain Memorial Award and inspiring the future leaders of our province with this fund.
“Don believed in people. In many different capacities and to many different people, Don was a mentor, supervisor, and coach. Don continually invested his time and energy in people with compassion and passion. The Don McBain Memorial Award is one small way that the OAHS team has come together to tangibly continue Don’s legacy of helping and investing in people.”
– Justin Marchand, CEO of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
“The [Don McBain Memorial Award] has helped me greatly, paying for all my books and over half of my first year’s tuition. This has allowed me to concentrate on my studies rather than worry about the immense cost of schooling. I am truly thankful for receiving the award.”
– Benjamin Miller, Previous Recipient of the Award (2022)
“This funding has aided my quality of life greatly. With reduced stress, I can work my hardest and work toward my future goals. I can afford to visit my family occasionally and not have to work while attending school so I can focus on my grades completely.”
– Emily Shostal, Previous Recipient of the Award (2021)
Don McBain, Founder and Former Executive Director of OAHS
For any questions, please email DonMcBainMemorialAward@oahssc.ca