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The idea of working in a medical laboratory always fascinated Lorena Diaz. She was intrigued with how testing and analysis helps physicians diagnose and treat patients, and how their discoveries improve the health and well-being of our communities.

Pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technologist brought together all of her interests––science, research and helping others. 

When her family experienced financial difficulties, Lorena faced tough decisions about her future. Thanks to The Joyce Foundation Success Awards, the choice to attend university was an easy one.

The Joyce Family Foundation’s $1-million commitment means students from Durham Region and Northumberland County have access to higher education. Founded by Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald V. Joyce, the foundation invests in Canadian youth and encourages them to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

“An investment in youth who dream of post-secondary training and education is an investment in their future and the well-being of the community,” says Ron Joyce, Advisor Trustee. “The University of Ontario Institute of Technology equips students with these tools for success.”

This year The Joyce Foundation Success Awards provided bursaries to two students from Oshawa. The fund will grow to support eight local students by the 2019-2020 academic year.

For Lorena, the award means so much more than its monetary value.

“Receiving the award was a great accomplishment for me as it not only looked at my academics, but my leadership roles and contributions to my community,” Lorena says.  “I am extremely grateful to The Joyce Family Foundation encouraging me to pursue my education and for supporting my academic success.”