UVic Foundation expands impact investment with $25M in Brookfield fund

The University of Victoria Foundation announced today it has invested $25 million in the Brookfield Global Transition Fund (BGTF) with a strategy to invest in opportunities that advance and facilitate the global transition to a net-zero carbon economy. This new commitment is an infrastructure investment within the foundation’s statement of investment policy and goals and is consistent with the target to reduce the carbon intensity of all investments by 45 per cent by 2030.

$2M powers UVic researcher to combat syphilis

University of Victoria microbiologist Caroline Cameron has received $2 million US from Open Philanthropy, the largest grant the US-based organization has given to a single Canadian university. The grant will fund Cameron’s research for developing a direct diagnostic test and vaccine for syphilis.

$1.5M gift supports Indigenous mental health research

A $1.5-million gift from UVic political science alumnus Bruce McKean will allow the University of Victoria to establish a new research chair in Indigenous mental health. The chair will be named after the late Chief Mungo Martin, the world-renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist who contributed so much to the creative arts which play an integral role in shifting cultural perceptions of mental health.

Marion Buller named 12th UVic Chancellor

Marion Buller—influential Indigenous legal scholar and the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)—has been named the University of Victoria’s 12th chancellor. She begins a three-year term on Jan. 1, 2022. Buller is a double alumna, having completed her undergraduate and law degrees at UVic. She is also a member of the Ring Road Loyalty Circle, which recognizes loyal UVic donors.

Simon Keith Award established

University of Victoria men's soccer alumnus Simon Keith, one of the longest living organ transplant recipients in history, has established the Simon Keith Foundation Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame award to provide financial support to student-athletes whose life has been directly impacted by organ donation. In partnership with the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF), the new $3000 award will provide one or more awards annually to a varsity student-athlete who has received, made, or been directly affected by an organ donation.

Nancy Wright Scholarship

A scholarship has been created in memory of Nancy Wright, a nurse practitioner and senior instructor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing, who passed away in August 2020. The scholarship will support graduate students in the Masters of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program with a demonstrated interest in nursing with marginalized populations.

Dr. Ross Scholarship

Friends and colleagues of a longtime surgeon from Vancouver Island have started a scholarship in his memory. Dr. Michael Ross, an ear, nose and throat specialist, practiced medicine for 60 years, finally retiring at 85 last October. He passed away in December. Organizers have already raised more than $49,000 toward the goal of $65,000 for the new scholarship for an Island medical student who is training to be a surgeon. The award will be the first scholarship awarded solely to an Island medical student.

Scholarship supports advocates for anti-racism

Baneet Hans, a first-year student in the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, is one of the first recipients of a new Scotiabank scholarship program for Law Students, which will see the bank commit more than $500,000 over five years. Six faculties of law across Canada will award scholarships on behalf of Scotiabank to fund students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession with a goal to support and advocate for anti-racism in law.

Major gift boosts climate journalism

The threat of climate change is the most perilous of our time—especially at the beginning of this new decade, which has been frequently identified as the most crucial for preventing catastrophic consequences. Now, one concerned individual is personally addressing that threat with an inspiring gift of $1.875 million to the University of Victoria in support of the Wayne Crookes Professorship in Environmental and Climate Journalism.

Virtual Vikes Championship Breakfast pushes 13-year total over $6.1 million

In a year unlike any other, the University of Victoria Vikes still managed to pull off their most important student-athlete scholarship event of the season. The 13th Annual Vikes Championship Breakfast went virtual for 2020 with a near 40-minute capsule of the usual event went live on Nov. 5 for all student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and donors. With UVic matching $200,000 again this year, the 2020 event totalled more than $525,000 for student-athlete scholarships. With financial support still coming in, the 13-year breakfast events have now cleared the $6.1 million mark since the inaugural event in 2008.

New Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowship

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) is creating new Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowships, thanks to a generous contribution from local Indigenous scholar, artist, and activist, Michelle Brown, together with matching funds provided by the CSRS. Michelle is a long-time friend of the centre, former CSRS community sabbaticant, and co-facilitator of the Reconciliation and Relationship dialogue series hosted at the centre. Michelle currently serves on the CSRS advisory council.


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