Nancy Young is one of our core supporters, serving as an interviewer, major donor and a director of the Loran Scholars Foundation. She brings to the program a strong belief in the value of education, an understanding of the importance of fostering Canadian leadership, and business acumen developed as the CEO and owner of Elizabeth Bradley Designs.
Recalling her first experience as an interviewer at national selections, Mrs. Young says, “I was blown away by the degree of excellence exhibited by the individuals involved. The candidates impressed me with their abilities to address problems in their communities and their willingness to step outside of their comfort zones. The depths of talent amongst the interviewers, and their focus on merit, made me confident we are selecting the candidates best able to develop into leaders for Canada.”
“Getting outside to face the elements together is an excellent way for each new class of scholars to build bonds that will last well beyond their undergraduate years.”
In 2010, Mrs. Young and her husband, Bob, made a multi-year pledge to establish an outdoor expedition for each incoming class of Loran Scholars. “After witnessing the energy and enthusiasm of candidates at national selections, it became clear to us how important it is for scholars to build strong relationships with each other. Getting outside to face the elements together is an excellent way for each new class of scholars to build bonds that will last well beyond their undergraduate years.”
As a Board Chair, Mrs. Young is focused on the future. “The Loran Scholars Foundation is critical to keeping Canada competitive. As a merit-based program, it pulls together a diverse group of talented individuals at an important stage in their lives, and provides them with the opportunities they need to grow and develop as leaders. I can’t wait to say, ‘I knew them when…’”