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Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto at Mississauga receives gift from three community partners

Students seeking to brush up on their study skills are finding help at the Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), which offers workshops, mentoring, peer assistance and assessments of study habits. 

The facility, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, recently received $500,000 from three community partners and friends of UTM to support its vital role. “The centre fills an important need that our students have identified over the years,” says Ian Orchard, vice-president and principal of UTM. “It helps them find the most effective way to learn, present their work and get more out of their university experience.” The centre also helps faculty to apply best practices in university teaching and learning methods.

The GE Foundation has contributed $300,000 to the centre to honour GE Canada’s former president and chief executive officer, Bob Gillespie, for his leadership within the company and in the Mississauga community. Gillespie and his wife, Irene, have contributed $100,000 toward the facility, which will be named the Bob Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. Gary Mooney (MA 1970) and Brenda Mooney (BA 1984 UTM) have given $100,000 to establish the Gary and Brenda Mooney Award for students who use the centre and are in financial need.

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