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Class may look very different for some students this year... but your support remains constant

Every September scores of thank you letters from student award recipients arrive at the Donor Relations office for us to forward to donors. For new and returning students alike, the 2020 Fall term is a very different experience from previous years. However, one thing remains the same. Donors like you are helping students pursue their goals and achieve academic success.

These four extracts from Eliza, Mary, Hannah and Miriam's letters express their gratitude and highlight the positive attitude they bring to their current situations.

Nathan admires the beautiful scenery in Kaslo

Immersive learning through the Internment Era Field School

"The natural scenes pulled me into a state of… awe at their pristine beauty, but always in the back of my mind, an irreconcilable truth stirred: for Japanese Canadians, this was a prison." - Nathaniel, student

Thanks to donors, students and teachers from across Canada were able to participate in the only course dedicated to this aspect of Canadian history. Their photos and insights illustrate just how powerful it was.

Betty Kennedy

Lifetime of giving culminates in endowed chair

Over the course of her life, mathematician Betty Kennedy contributed to the University of Victoria and the community in so many ways that to a non-mathematician they may seem countless.

It is fitting with so much of the generosity that characterized her life that in her passing in 2019, Kennedy bestowed UVic with a $3.6-million gift.

Donor's Digest is a bi-annual compilation of stories that illustrate what you and your fellow donors made possible through your support. We couldn't share these stories of hope and achievement without you, because, without you, they wouldn't happen. Learn more about the impact of your giving.


Dominique and Wendy's story

Education student Dominique Rochefort explains how receiving a donor-funded bursary means more than the financial impact. “It changed my life knowing that I had people on my side. That I have people who were rooting for me before they even knew me.”

Onowa McIvor


UVic Researchers quick to respond to COVID-19

Indigenous education scholar Dr. Onowa McIvor received COVID-19 Emergency Research Funding to conduct a short-term study of the effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous language revitalization work.

She was one of three UVic researchers who shared their research at a recent UVic Alumni Association webinar, along with Dr. Rishi Gupta and Dr. Karen Kobayashi. You can now watch a recording of the event online.

Donors are playing a vital role in community recovery and resilience through support of UVic's Research Accelerator Fund. 

Jamie CasselsThe University Centre has been renamed the Jamie Cassels Centre

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