Through Acadia University, Jane’s Again has committed to providing $5,000 a year in funds for five years.
Jane MacDonald said her staff was thrilled to announce the project because “it is very special to us. We've been inspired by one of our own, Ashley Boyd.”
While working at the store, MacDonald said, Boyd has faced and overcome the challenges of being a young mom while being an Acadia student.
With a daughter the same age and from the same high school, MacDonald has known Boyd for a number of years. After going away to school and having her baby, Boyd returned to her studies and is now close to graduating.
The staff at Jane’s Again has been donating for a number of years with the “support of our 4,500 generous donating partners,” MacDonald noted.
Over the years assistance has gone to the Wolfville Food Bank, the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, SMILE at Acadia and other charities. She said the employees wanted to contribute in a different way.
“We thought a mom at school, that could be life changing for one person. That resonated with me,” MacDonald said, “and continue our focus on women and children.”
So she connected with Nancy Handrigan in the development office at Acadia and the bursary was set up.
"Jane's Again is a special business, which focusses on giving back to the community, and this bursary is a unique conribution," says Handrigan.
"Acadia is grateful for the thoughtful and generous bursary, which will be appreciated by the studens in the years to come."
“We’re pretty pumped,” said MacDonald. She’s also been pleased by the positive reaction in the community.
Meanwhile MacDonald says of Boyd, “we’ve been so blessed to have her. I couldn’t be more proud if she was my own daughter. She’s an inspiration.”