Carol Thames, Past Chair, Trustee
Carol Thames is the longtime past chair of the Bill 7 Award Trust. Carol, who has completed a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration at York University, has immersed herself – both in professional and volunteer capacities – in numerous not-for-profit, community agencies since the early 1990s. Some of the groups that have benefited from Carol’s dedication include the Sistering Women’s Drop-in Program, Homes First Society, Access Housing and Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services. In Carol’s words, “With over fifteen years of management experience in the non-profit sector, my passion lies in managing people and programs.
Your thoughts on the role of scholarships like the Bill 7 Award?
A scholarship like the Bill 7 Award is crucial to LGBT2SQ student population because it provides the financial supports that are necessary for students who are experiencing a monetary short-fall that can impact their path to achieving a post-secondary education.
Your most memorable Bill 7 moment?
Since I have been part of the Bill 7 Award, there have been some many memorable moments. However, for me the two most significant achievements have been our ability to gradually increase our scholarships from $500 to $2,500; and the legacy fund that was granted to the Bill 7 Award from the organizers of the Pussy Palace based upon their case, post their bathhouse raid.
What is your message to LGBTQ youth at this juncture of their lives, when they are contemplating their post-secondary education?
My hope is that the students understand that education is their out, the ability to change their circumstances and that access to education should be a right and not a privilege.