Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd. (DCL), a long-standing and generous supporter of student scholarships at UPEI, has committed $100,000 to Building a Legacy, the University's capital campaign to raise $50 million through private donations. The DCL gift is unrestricted which means that UPEI can apply the funds to projects or programs that are top priority.
"We are very fortunate to have Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd., a forward thinking business, support UPEI's Building a Legacy campaign," says Mike Schurman, Chair of the campaign. "Their long- standing support of the University speaks volumes about their confidence in UPEI's students and educational programs. Gifts of an unrestricted nature are particularly beneficial to the university because the funds can be directed to the immediate priorities."
Diagnostic Chemicals Limited is an award-winning chemical and diagnostic manufacturer located in West Royalty Industrial Park. The company operates subsidiary sales and marketing operations in the United States and Mexico. It employs over 200 people in Prince Edward Island, 30 in the US, and 10 in Mexico City. More than 50 of DCL's employees are science graduates of UPEI. Dr. Regis Duffy, Company Chair, founded DCL in 1970.
Dr. Duffy was UPEI's first Dean of Science and he is the current Chair of the Board of Governors. He taught at St. Dunstan's University from 1957 to 1969, and at UPEI from 1960 to 1980. In 1995, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. His company funds several valuable student awards, including two full-tuition scholarships that honour his parents, Earl and Annie Duffy, and his wife Joan=s parents, Percy and Helen Murphy. Annie Duffy and Helen Murphy attended Prince of Wales College in the Teacher Certificate Program in the 1920s.
The Duffy family's support of UPEI reaches back to the 1960s when Clair Duffy, Regis' uncle, made a substantial donation towards the construction of the Duffy Science Centre. Forty years later, UPEI has just completed a $7 million renewal of the Duffy Science Centre, supported, in large part, through gifts and pledges that businesses and individuals are making to Building a Legacy.
More information on Building a Legacy is available at http://www.upei.ca/legacy/.