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GIVING
BACK

Number of alumni that
made a donation to
Seneca in 2018/2019

A belief in college education

Bala and Karnika
Krishnan donate
life savings

36

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2019

"Seneca is pretty close to our
hearts. I couldn't say enough
about how excited we are to be
able to help some students,"
says Bala. "We knew we wanted
to give money to colleges as they
are the ones that train immigrants. We are both immigrants."
Bala and Karnika came to
Canada in their 20s, coincidentally, in the same month and
same year: April 1969. He's from
India, she is from Kenya. The
two met in Toronto.
During those early years as a
new immigrant, Karnika
worked at a daycare while taking
night courses at Seneca over a
period of five years, receiving
a supervisory skills certificate.
She eventually went on to
become a daycare supervisor.
"I didn't just want to upgrade
my skills, I wanted to be
Canadianized," she recalls.

Bala, a licensed chemical
engineer who worked in the
computer software industry,
also came to Seneca and took
a robotics course.
"That's my dotted-line connection to Seneca," he says.
Following retirement in their
mid-50s, Karnika continued
working part time for another
15 years while Bala explored
other opportunities, including
teaching English at a university
in Thailand for a year.
With no children of their
own, the couple, now in their
70s, are happy to know that
their life savings will be put to
good use.
"We both believe in education," Karnika says. "My parents
have always said education is
something no one can take
away from you. Education is the
only way to go."

We knew we wanted to
give money to colleges
as they are the ones
that train immigrants.

Pictured above: Bala and Karnika Krishnan.

PHOTO: JOANNE RATAJCZAK

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO, when
home prices in the Greater
Toronto Area were going
through the roof, Bala and
Karnika Krishnan did something many people did: they
sold their house.
"Everything that was put on
the market sold," says Karnika,
a Seneca grad.
But it wasn't a spur-of-themoment decision for the
husband and wife of 47 years.
As part of a larger plan they had
in the works, the couple rented
a modest apartment in the same
neighbourhood and contacted
multiple colleges to inquire
about contributing an estate gift.
Seneca responded immediately, and Bala and Karnika
couldn't be happier. After working with the Advancement team,
they recently made a commitment to leave their entire estate
to Seneca in their will. This
future intention was then followed by a generous donation
to establish an endowment
award for students.



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