Dorothy Kergin Endowment Fund

Guidelines for the Dorothy J. Kergin Endowment Fund

Dorothy J. Kergin was born, raised and educated in Prince Rupert, BC.  She received her Bachelor of Nursing from UBC in 1952, majoring in public health.  She later attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Master of Public Health Nursing in 1962 and a Doctorate in Higher Education in 1968.  In 1987, she was granted an honorary Doctorate of Science at McMaster University and in 1989, was awarded posthumously an honorary Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Victoria.

Dorothy began her career as a public health and occupational health nurse in Princeton, Kitimat and Port Alberni, BC.  Her outstanding teaching career at McMaster University resulted in her becoming Associate Dean of Health Science. In 1980, she accepted the appointment of Director, University of Victoria, School of Nursing.

Dr. Kergin was recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding leader in expanding the role of nurses in primary care. Highly respected for her expertise, she was consulted by local, national and international organizations including the Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and the Canadian International Development Association (CIDA) for who she acted as consultant in the establishment of university nursing education in Malawi.

Dr. Kergin had a profound impact on nursing education in Canada when, through distance education, the University of Victoria made baccalaureate nursing degree education available to registered nurses through BC and beyond.

Dorothy received many awards during her dedicated career, including the Award of Merit from the Registered Nurses Association of BC (now known as the College of Registered Nurses of BC) and the Jeanne Mance Award from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Dorothy's concern for students resulted in her establishing, with monies from her estate, the Dorothy Kergin Endowment Fund.

Application Deadlines: March 31, 2022