Blanket presented to The Joyce Family Foundation by members of Carleton’s Indigenous community

The following remarks were shared at a special ceremony at Carleton University on September 15, 2021 to mark the establishment of The Joyce Family Foundation Indigenous student bursary and matching gift from Carleton for Indigenous student supports.


To the honoured Elder Peter Decontie and Indigenous students here today,

And to the esteemed President Bacon, faculty & staff, and Carleton University community,

The Board of The Joyce Family Foundation shares your sentiments of anticipation and hope for the rising generations of Indigenous students who will walk the corridors of Carleton in the pursuit of education – that indispensable tool that has the unique power to unlock potential and present opportunities.

The Joyce Family Foundation was founded on the spirit of generosity and philanthropic vision of Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons. Though Ron Joyce never had the benefit of schooling past Grade 9, he believed in hard work, chasing dreams and the power of education. He would have encouraged this year’s inaugural Joyce Family Foundation Indigenous bursary recipients to follow their passion through education, and bring their talents and energy into service in the community.

With Carleton’s commitment to Kinàmàgawin and a match of $2.5M to The Joyce Family Foundation’s own gift, the Board knew that this would be the ideal place for on-going and far-reaching support of Indigenous students, here at Carleton, in the nation’s capital.

It is with great joy that the Board of The Joyce Family Foundation sends its warmest greetings to you on this auspicious occasion.




The Honorable Ed Lumley, P.C., C.M.

Chair of The Joyce Family Foundation


Read the release here:

The Joyce Family Foundation Invests in Indigenous Student Success at Carleton