Lilia Zaharieva Spirit Award 

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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Lilia Zaharieva. Lilia was an extraordinary woman who took on many challenges on multiple fronts and she was an inspiration for all who knew her.

In everything that she did, Lilia drew on her powerful intellect, strong sense of justice, and her lived experience. She taught everyone who was privileged to know her about care, justice, integrity, collective action, friendship, and tenacity. We are grateful for the way she challenged all of us to be and do better. Lilia will be deeply missed by so many, and she has left an indelible mark on the field of Child and Youth Care and beyond.

An endowed student award is being established in her name. Anyone wanting to contribute to the Lilia Zaharieva Spirit Award may do so below.

If you have questions about making your donation, please contact the UVic Annual Giving Office at 250-472-4924 or

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