Since its founding in 1988, the Loran Scholar Foundation has been identifying and nurturing young leaders in Canada. While other scholarship foundations reward academic success or athletic ability, the Loran Foundation selects its scholars based on character, service and leadership. Loran understands that those values can take on different forms, which means their scholars are a diverse and often unconventional group. As one of those who has benefitted from the foundation’s generosity (class of ’93), I can attest to the very real difference Loran can make in a young person’s life.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the program, Policy Options invited a small sample of past Loran scholars to write about a social or policy issue that they encounter through their work or volunteer engagement. The writers on the following pages range from public servants to lawyers, urban planners to volunteers. All make the country better.

Graham Fox, President of the IRPP

A collection

A new era
Mark Schaan

Beware the collaboration trap
Joël Thibert

From law grad to better citizen
David Sandomierski

Building success stories
Wojciech Gryc

Voluntary values
Michelle Dagnino

Invest earlier in children’s mental health
Terry Bennett