Milton Broderick Award supports up-and-coming graphic design students at Fanshawe College

Jan. 09, 2018

M.C. BroderickIt is with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to a dear friend last week. Catherine Finlayson was a community leader in fundraising and beloved friend and colleague to many. In her honour, we are proud to share a story about one of our last collaborations with Catherine in her role at the Fanshawe College Foundation creating the Milton Broderick Award.

Milton Broderick, founder of M.C. Broderick Signs, was a successful businessman and a true community philanthropist. Coming from humble family roots, he was forced to quit school in grade 10 to support his family. After a short time, he went back to night school at H.B. Beal and studied sign writing. This led to his success in the commercial sign business where he managed several commercial sign businesses in London over the next 40 years.

Always loyal to his community, Milton was passionate about giving back, especially to causes supporting children and youth. However, it wasn’t until a year before his death in 1994 that he set up the Milton and Jean Broderick Charitable Fund at London Community Foundation.

In 2017 his daughter, Darlene Broderick, set up a scholarship fund with Fanshawe College through her father’s legacy fund: The Milton Broderick Award. Carrying on the legacy of her father, the award supports a full-time student at Fanshawe College in the Graphic Design program who has expressed an interest in working in graphic design and holds a grade point average of at least 3.5.

We are excited to honour the inaugural award recipient, Bobbi Magee at an awards ceremony held at Fanshawe College on January 24th.

“Receiving this scholarship came as a very pleasant surprise,” said Bobbi. “It felt encouraging to receive this award and to have my efforts in this area recognized. This scholarship has impacted me by motivating me to push myself further and to improve my craft. I am very grateful and appreciative of the Milton and Jean Broderick Charitable Fund at London Community Foundation.”

Congratulations, Bobbi! We wish you all the best. There’s no doubt you will bring great creative talent to the Forest City. We know Milton would be very proud to see you carry on his legacy.