New Brunswick now has a foundation for the education of francophone women. The Fondation Marichette is a non-profit organization that aims to provide scholarships to women living in poverty. According to Statistics Canada, francophone women in New Brunswick represent the category of the Canadian population with one of the lowest rates of college and university graduation.
The Fondation Marichette already has $400,000 in anonymous donors. Some of these donors have committed to contributing additional amounts over the next few years. We want to replenish this trust to reach $2 million. Thanks to the accumulated interest, we will give renewable scholarships from $5,000 to $10,000 to women who request them.
The Marichette Foundation bears the pen name of a woman with a big heart, Émilie C. LeBlanc. This teacher from Memramcook, who lived from 1863 to 1935, published many letters in the newspaper L'Évangéline from 1895 to 1898. She presented herself as a poor and poorly educated mother of many children. Her letters denounced social injustices, especially against Acadians and women. Like Marichette, we want to help women take their rightful place in Acadia.
The Fondation Marichette is still very young. In the years to come, we will invite the population to show their support for our mission by participating in other fundraising events. We are also appealing to businesses. The members of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick have repeatedly expressed their difficulty in recruiting qualified workers. By making a generous donation, it would be possible for a company to lead a woman who wants to pursue her studies in a field where employees are scarce.
We would also like to appeal to women and men in New Brunswick who want to participate in fundraising events for this foundation to join us.