Trish Grainge Scholarship

Ivy B. (Pat) Bevan (1906-1994)
Trish Grainge (b. 1940)

Ivy B. (Pat) Bevan was born in England in 1906 and came to Canada in the 1930s. She and her husband, Bert Bevan, lived in Victoria and had two children. The Bevans were involved for many years in square and round dancing. Aside from doing skits for social organizations and taking part in Centennial pageants, Mrs. Bevan's life-long interest in theatre has been mostly expressed in attending plays.

In her later years, Mrs. Bevan has become severely handicapped by arthritis and loss of vision. She spent much of her time listening to audio books. In appreciation of the Talking Books service and of its many readers, and to especially thank one reader, Trish Grainge, for hundreds of hours of listening enjoyment, Mrs. Bevan established this scholarship. She passed away in January, 1994.

Trish Grainge has been closely involved with theatre, in one form or another, for more than 15 years. In the 1970s she was well-known to Vancouver audiences as a stage and radio actress. She was also a part of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre-in-Education project, developing experiential drama as a learning tool for use in schools throughout B.C.

Since 1975 she has worked as a narrator with Audio Books, a branch of the B.C. Library Services, producing taped cassettes of books for blind and handicapped library patrons.

Pursuing her interest in the uses of drama for personal growth and self-understanding, she trained in the integrated body/mind/spirit approach to wellness, advocated by Drs. Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen at P.D. Seminars, Gabriola Island, where she is now on faculty. She has a Diploma of Counselling, is a professional member of the American National Association of Drama Therapy, and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, focusing on the use of creative drama as an educational and therapeutic tool.

In addition to her individual counselling practice, Trish leads group workshops on Gabriola Island and in Vancouver, and her background in theatre and humanistic psychology is reflected in this work.

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