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Education has been a long-standing priority for the Sir Guy Carleton Branch. In 1977, in collaboration with the Ottawa Board of Education, a secondary school level Loyalist Studies Program was developed. Members spoke to Grade XIII history class students about the richness of Loyalist contributions and cultural heritage.

In the 1980s and 1990s tours were organized by Branch members, Dr. Edward Kipp and George Anderson. These tours to various sites important to Loyalist history in Ontario and the United States were popular and very successful. Proceeds were used to support several education initiatives. A portion was given to Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University to purchase microfilm copies of Land Petitions.

You can access the Loyalist collection at Brock University online.

In 1984, under the leadership of then Branch President John Ruch, the Branch undertook the "The King's Names Project" to mark the bicentennial of the end of the Revolutionary War. The goal was to index the British Headquarters Papers, New York 1774-1783 (the Carleton Papers). The project involved indexing information found on 30,000 manuscript pages on microfilms held by Library and Archives Canada. The final index contains information on 54,557 individuals. These papers also contain information on 2,831 Negroes who were granted their freedom by the British. The project was completed 14 years later in 1996 when Dr. Edward Kipp produced CDs entitled "Carleton's Loyalist Index". Please visit the "Resources" section of this web-site to access the Index and the Book of Negroes. These resources are also available on the Library and Archives Canada website.

Carleton University Bursary

In 1998 the Branch made arrangements with Carleton University for a Bursary to be awarded annually to students proceeding from Second to Third year enrolled in the Canadian studies program. In 2008, to honour the many contributions John Ruch made to the Sir Guy Carleton Branch, to the Heritage Branch of Montreal and to Loyalist history in general, a fully funded John Ruch Memorial Bursary was established at Carleton University. The interest from the endowment is awarded annually to students of Canadian History.

To learn more about the contributions John Ruch made to the Branch, the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and to the genealogical and heraldic communities of Canada, read his biography at heraldry.ca.

It is worth noting that Carleton University was founded by a Loyalist descendant, Henry Marshall Tory. His Loyalist ancestor, John Tory of Nova Scotia, is also the ancestor of Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Donate To The John Ruch Memorial Bursary

Contributions to the John Ruch Memorial Bursary can be made several ways. A donation may be made through the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC) Dominion Office in Toronto. Send a cheque payable to UELAC for donation to the John Ruch Memorial Bursary.

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Dominion Office, George Brown House
50 Baldwin Street, Suite 202
Toronto Ontario Canada, M5T 1L4

You will receive an income tax receipt from the office. A cheque for the donation amount will be sent from UELAC to the Sir Guy Carleton Branch to be passed on to Carleton University and the bursary. The reason for this rather convoluted mechanism is that only the Dominion Office of the UELAC can issue income tax receipts.

Donations in support of the Bursary may also be made directly to Carleton University. This can be done online or by mail.

On-line contributions can be made through this FutureFunder link: John Ruch Memorial Bursary in Canadian Studies. A receipt for income tax purposes will be sent to you by e-mail.

A cheque made payable to Carleton University, indicating that the donation is to be directed to the John Ruch Memorial Bursary, can be mailed to the address below.

Carleton University
Dept. of University Advancement
510 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6

The University will mail you an income tax receipt.

Although the Branch is not notified of donations made directly to Carleton University, support of the bursary is greatly appreciated.