In 1943, Beryl (Nurse) Ivey – a promising young student and athlete from Chatham, Ontario – was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at Brescia College. Following her graduation in 1947, Beryl went on to attend the Ontario College of Education before beginning a remarkable life grounded on volunteerism, community leadership and philanthropy.
A steadfast advocate of education and leadership, Beryl made a donation of $1 million to Brescia to remodel and expand the Library in 2004. This gift was made in deep appreciation and recognition of the incredible support she received from Brescia, while pursuing her post-secondary education. Upon the announcement of her change-making gift, she said, “I am delighted that the Library will be an attractive environment where students will learn, interact and ultimately, shape their own futures.” Following renovations, the Beryl Ivey Library was officially opened in 2006 and to this day serves as a reminder of Beryl’s incredible generosity, altruism and compassion.