Donor stories

Four African students are receiving support from the Millennium Futures Fund and the Dr. Jean Downie Dey Memorial Award to complete their PhDs in Education at UVic.

A Crofton Elementary student shows George Smyth what the Salish Weave inspired him to create.

Wendy Gedney and Victoria Dohan sharing a laugh

When alumna Wendy Gedney, retired teacher and CORE donor, was introduced to a group of CORE tutors, we heard a wee gasp coming from one of our students. It was from Victoria, a former student who she taught almost 20 years ago. "She was so sweet and such a pleasure to work with. Even at the time, I could see her potential to become a great teacher."

Anne McLaughlin

For 30 years, Anne has generously donated to UVic initiatives, including the establishment of five endowed student awards that had a direct impact on the lives of over 30 students.

Donor support helps African educators

Four students from Africa are completing PhDs at UVic with the help of donors and UVic’s Faculty of Education. Godwin Nnko, Kassim Dadi, William Pastory and Patrick Makokoro are receiving support from the Millennium Futures Fund and the Dr. Jean Downie Dey Memorial Award. Read more


A gift of Indigenous art to inspire teaching

Inspired to bring Indigenous art to life in classrooms, local Coast Salish art enthusiasts, George and Christiane Smyth, gifted Coast Salish art prints from the Salish Weave Collection to UVic’s Faculty of Education for teachers in training to integrate the artwork in their teaching right from the start. Read more


From Coast Salish Art passion to sharing Indigenous practices

George and Christiane Smyth’s passion for Coast Salish Art brought them into Helping teachers learn and share Indigenous practices. For the past three years, the Smyth’s have funded the artist-in-residence in the Indigenous Summer Institute. Their partnership with the Faculty of Education is helping new teachers learn how to include more Indigenous content into their classes. Read more

Dominique and Wendy

UVic Alumni Bursary Connects Student and Mentor

After receiving the inaugural Wendy M. Gedney Bursary in Elementary Education, Third-year Bachelor of Education student Dominique Rochefort ended up winning a mentor and a friend. Read more

Portrait of Carson Sage

The John and Marilyn Bate legacy to community recreation

Carson Sage has been passionate about community recreation since his first job as a summer camp leader, aged 15. Receiving the John and Marilyn Bate Scholarship in Recreation and Health Education in his third and fourth year of his undergraduate degree affirmed his passion and offered a sign that he was on a pathway to a career destination not yet known to him. Read more

Gordano Corlazzoli running

You get out what you put in

Giordano Corlazzoli, a student with the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE), has received multiple scholarships. Being a goal-oriented guy, these awards are not only motivating, but they also give confidence, financial security, and time to take on additional learning activities. He mentors younger students in the Anatomy Lab, helps the trainer of a football team, works part-time as a trainee paramedic and volunteers at the MS Society. Read more

Portrait of Anne McLaughlin

Anne McLaughlin

For over 30 years, Anne has generously donated to a variety of initiatives at UVic, including the establishment of five endowed student awards that, to date, have had a direct impact on the lives of over 30 students. “Being a donor is just part of my long relationship with this institution, which began in 1948 when I started at Vic College. I was privileged to watch UVic develop from day one as I joined the Faculty of Education on July 1, 1963 and enjoyed 28 years on the campus. My first donation was in 1988, to the Hugh Farquhar Memorial Scholarship. Hugh had taught me math at Oak Bay High and I really admired him.” Ever engaged, Anne McLaughlin is part of the fabric of the Faculty of Education and her legacy will be felt for generations to come. Read more