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Avis Rasmussen Award
The Avis Rasmussen Award will support a graduate student in Fine Arts

Avis Rasmussen

Avis Rasmussen's family established a scholarship in her name to celebrate her 82nd birthday and her dedication to education and art.

 

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Tony Giovando
Tony Giovando (BA ’98, MPA ‘04) credits his time at University of Victoria for helping him create two successful careers.

Giovando Family 

Tony Giovando and his wife Laura Evans established the Leonard and Eileen Hamilton Scholarship in Spanish and Italian Studies. The gift honours his grandparents, who were a crucial part of his success at UVic.

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Canet Foundation
John Hart gives to SCYC to support Indigenous land-based education.

Canet Foundation 

In Collaboration with UVic’s School of Child and Youth Care, the Canet Foundation opened up the Spirit Bear farm to students and faculty at UVic as a living classroom to support Indigenous land-based education.

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Students helping students
UVic student ambassadors donate to the Student Emergency Fund

Student Ambassadors 

Using their profits from selling flowers and frames at convocation the student-led group is donating $1,000 to the Student Emergency Fund. The fund offers financial support to students who are in financial crises and need immediate assistance.

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Finnerty Gardens
Former UVic President Howard Petch was one of the original founders of Finnerty Gardens

Howard Petch 

Former UVic president Howard Petch’s called the creation of UVic’s fabled gardens as one of his first acts of community engagement. “The university had gone through 10 years of turmoil at that point, and there were questions whether it was even going to survive,” said Petch.

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Lisa Surridge
Surridge gives to create a legacy.

Lisa Surridge

Lisa Surridge gave to honour former Dean Andrew Rippin. “Philanthropy to me is a way of reaching out beyond myself and my family to a wider world,” says Dr. Lisa Surridge, associate dean of academic in the Faculty of Humanities. 

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I-witness Field School
Students travel to Europe to study the Holocaust

David and April Katz

David and April set up the Zena and Chaim Katz Family Endowment to support students attending the I-witness Field School Project in honour of David's parents who were Holocaust survivors. 

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Jesse Short-Gershman
Jesse Short-Gershman loved math and computer science

Jesse Short-Gershman 

A scholarship in honour of Jesse is now assisting other students with a passion for math and computer science reach their goals.

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Dave Dunnet's legacy inspires a love of music education
Dave Dunnet's legacy inspires a love of music education

Dave Dunnet

After decades of inspiring young musicians in the classroom, retired UVic instructor and local music legend Dave Dunnet is cultivating a passion for music education through a new scholarship.

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George and Christiane Smyth
George and Christiane Smyth are creating a "Salish Weave circle"

George and Christiane Smyth

The Smyth's generously fund an artist-in-residence in the Indigenous Summer Institute.

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Chroma Quartet
Cuarteto Chroma are from Mexico

Chroma Quartet

A bequest from Claire Fisher is funding a one of a kind masters program for a string quartet.

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Nancy and Joan
Nancy and Joan share the name Sellemah

Gary Geddes

Author Gary Geddes found the perfect way to honour his friends Joan Morris and Nancy Turner through donating the royalties from his book.

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Leena Yousefi
Leena runs a successful family law practice

Leena Yousefi

Law graduate Leena believes success encompasses much more than academic performance. She set up the "Best Lawyering Award".

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Women in economics panel fall 2016
Panelists at a Women in Economics event

Cynthia Johnston

After a successful career, economics alumna Cynthia Johnston wanted to optimize her retirement by making a difference. 

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Sabrina
Sabrina received a 50th anniversary award

Alumni giving

The university's 50th anniversary was an opportunity for alumni to support future students. And they did!

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Stephens family
The Stephens family

The Stephens Family

The Stephens family believe in leaving the earth better than they found it.

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Lynette and Emil
Lynette and Emil Hain, Paris, 2005

Emil and Lynette Hain

Lynette was a true Francophile, and the absolute love of Emil's life.

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Victoria Pride Parade
Victoria Pride Parade

Victoria Pride Society

The Society has put aside money for ten years to create a fund for students.

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Stella Higgins
The Torch flame was ignited in 1991

Stella Higgins

"Keep the flame burning" - Stella was a pioneer of the Torch newspaper and is a long-time supporter of UVic.

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Rubinoff with a sculpture
Rubinoff at his Sculpture Park on Hornby Island

Jeffrey Rubinoff

The belief in “art as a source of knowledge” was the wellspring of Jeffrey’s philanthropic partnership with UVic. 

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Roger John and Lindsay Delaronde
Lindsay was one of the first graduates of ICCP

Counselling Foundation of Canada

Funding from the Counselling Foundation of Canada allows the ICCP program to incorporate activities that reflect Indigenous values. 

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Lisa Helps speaks to UVic students
Alumna Lisa Helps is the mayor of Victoria

Lisa Helps

Lisa says her gift to a new scholarship fund is a gesture of paying back what she received as a UVic history student.

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TeenWork client James
CanAssist’s TeenWork program helped James secure a job

Coast Capital Savings

Through its innovative Youth Leaders Council program, the community-minded credit union helps young people like James attain meaningful employment.

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Greig and a student
Befriending students is a usual part of Greig's shift.

Greig Cosier

Over decades working in UVic’s Cunningham building, Greig made a point of befriending students studying late at night. Those interactions sparked his decision to start giving back to UVic in some novel ways.

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Legacy giving
Give one educated gift today, impact countless tomorrows

Legacy giving donors

Read the story behind the gifts from some of our legacy giving donors.

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