Premier on hand as FLATO makes $1.2 million donation to Fleming College
Largest single donation in history of the college
FLATO Development Inc., has pledged a donation of $1.2 million to Fleming College — the largest, single gift in Fleming College’s history. All the money is earmarked for Lindsay’s Frost Campus.
“At FLATO we believe in supporting the communities where we build. Education is a very important part of the community and we’re excited to support Fleming College and help provide students with the resources they need to succeed,” said Shakir Rehmatullah, president of FLATO Developments Inc.
Premier Doug Ford was on hand for the announcement, as was local MPP Laurie Scott, several councillors, and many Fleming College representatives.
Ford expressed thanks for the gift to the college, noting that “we’re in desperate need” of people who work in the trades, an area of study where the campus excels. Such programs include drilling and blasting and heavy equipment, among many others.
The premier also praised Rehmatullah for always investing wherever he builds, rather than just building homes and leaving. FLATO often invests in healthcare, education and the arts.
“Making a donation here means you change people’s lives,” said Ford.
Of the money, $720,000 will be put toward Fleming’s FLATO Capital Innovation Fund and $480,000 will be used to create the FLATO Student Scholars Program. The scholarship funding will assist 400 incoming students over 10 years.
Referencing Rehmatullah, Ford said we “need more people like you,” thanking him for his philanthropy.
“Keep building and keep giving back to communities.”
Mayor Andy Letham said, “anytime we’re investing in education, we all win. Fleming College has been a great part of our community.”
“If there’s anything else we can for the community, we will do it,” said the FLATO CEO. “This is community building. We’re here to stay in the Lindsay area and Kawartha Lakes.”
In acknowledgement of the gift, the main foyer at Frost Campus will be known as The Shakir Rehmatullah Atrium.