Giving stories

Keely and Christina Hunter
Mother and daughter at the Law Centre

Christina Hunter

When Christina saw the fire that was lit in her daughter's heart, she set her mind on supporting the Law Centre through a legacy gift.

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Nurse in simulation lab
Nurses work in an increasingly technologized field

Paulette Lacroix

Paulette Lacroix created a Nursing Informatics Leadership Scholarship to address some pressing concerns about technology in healthcare.

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Austin Sawyer
Austin Sawyer working with the Victoria Hand Project

Schulich Foundation

Seymour Schulich's $200 million scholarship fund will help create the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation, at UVic and across Canada. 

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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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