The Leacross Foundation has sponsored five girls from across Canada on both the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions every year since 2010. To date, 50 girls have benefitted from SOI’s life-changing educational journeys thanks to the Leacross Foundation.
“For every young woman who has ventured upon the SOI ship, I have received a warm thank you, in so many different forms. Some of my recipients have discovered qualities within themselves that allowed them to venture beyond their normal boundaries. Again and again I received notes saying that they didn’t believe they were worthy enough to earn the scholarship, or that they didn’t deserve it. I hoped to set an example for every young woman who is interested in making a difference in her world. One of my students said, I will never be able to live my life “before” icebergs again. She knew that her life had changed forever with the trip, and knew that somehow she was going to make life on this planet a little bit better for everyone.
Having been a teacher, I understand the need to stimulate young minds to become more aware of their environment. Students on Ice is truly a floating classroom, and offers opportunities both environmentally and socially to the inquisitive mind.”
Roslyn Bern, President