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Sheila Kirpalani Foundation at TCF

August 19, 2011

I am still digging through old emails from vacation and saw this very sweet announcement in honour of Sheila Kirpalani in the Toronto Community Foundation‘s e-newsletter.  I think it’s great to see South Asians establishing donor-advised funds like this through their local community foundations:

Awardee Chrissa Xu and Dr. Kirpalani (center left and right) c/o TCF

This year, the Sheila Kirpalani Biology Scholarship was awarded to Chrissa Xu, a student of  Central Commerce Collegiate, by Dr. [Anish] Kirpalani, representative of the Sheila Kirpalani Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation.

Sheila Kirpalani was a woman of courage who fully embraced Toronto as her new home when she immigrated from India in 1967.  A gifted singer and artist, Sheila was also a well-respected academic who lectured at the University of Toronto and taught biology with the Toronto District School Board.  But perhaps most important, Sheila was a devoted mother to her only child, a son, Anish Kirpalani.

Days before she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2009, the Sheila Kirpalani Foundation was established at the Toronto Community Foundation. On the advice of a Professional Advisor, Anish was determined to complete this final act of love before his mother’s death to honour her life.

The goal of the Sheila Kirpalani Foundation is to make high-impact grants and reward excellence through a series of named bursaries and scholarships at our educational institutions throughout Canada at both the high school and post secondary levels.

Her spirit will live on in Anish, through her music, and in the students her philanthropy has helped through the Toronto Community Foundation.

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