PROFILE: Laure Eldik

Introducing Laure Eldik, President, Brescia University College Alumnae Association

Q: What brought you to Brescia?
A: I grew up in Lebanon and went to elementary and high school in Beirut. When I got married and moved to Canada, I had a dream to continue my education and get a degree. My husband always encouraged me to go to Brescia, but I thought that it would be impossible—I had three young children, 9, 7 and 5 years old. I said to myself, let’s give it a try, and registered for only three full courses. Once I stepped on campus, I felt that I belonged! I completed a BA and a Masters in Sociology at Western.

Q: What did you like best about Brescia?
A: I was so surprised by the encouragement I received from my professors, the hugs the sisters gave me when they saw me distracted. There was always someone asking me how I was coping with my study workload. Their support made me stronger. The grants and awards I received helped me feel celebrated and were a great help to me and my family. Brescia enabled me to discover my true self and fostered my commitment to social justice and equality.

Q: What have you been doing since graduating?
A: I have worked with the City of London, holding several positions in community planning, research, evaluation and policy support. I also had the chance to teach a family studies course at Brescia a couple of years ago.

Q: Why did you get involved with the Alumnae Association?
I loved the Brescia environment and the Ursuline tradition, and I wanted to give back to the community. I want to help the Alumnae Association achieve its goals of engaging our bold alumnae and creating lasting relationships among our members.

Q: Why is the Alumnae Association important to Brescia?
A: The Alumnae Association helps Brescia implement its values and its commitment to leadership and a great academic experience. The Association helps celebrate outstanding alumnae and plan the annual Homecoming celebration and other social events that bring alumnae and students together.

Q: What are your hopes for Brescia as it celebrates its first century and begins its second?
A: I hope that Brescia will continue to be acknowledged as a university that provides an excellent student experience, offers state-of-the-art facilities, fosters women’s leadership, and honors the Ursuline values and tradition.