"I so thoroughly enjoyed the years I spent as an undergraduate at UVic that I want to give something back. I think today's students face many challenges, not least of which is how to pay for their education. Annual donations from alumni and friends of the University help immeasurably. I give to funds named after people who have been meaningful in my life.
The employees at my company, King Bros. Limited, have also chosen to support the University with a PresidentÕs Council donation from their Employees' Charity Trust. They feel a strong community bond with the University."
The Annual Giving Campaign is the backbone of fundraising programs for the University of Victoria. Annual donations provide support for student awards, faculty and department funds, the University Libraries, and unrestricted funds.
Birgit M. Castledine
By Teresa Moore
A generous philanthropist who never had the opportunity for a post-secondary education is responsible for two new awards for UVic students. Pat Bevan died in January 1994 at the age of 88. She left a significant portion of her estate to charitable and educational institutions, including UVic. In her lifetime, she supported the Bevan Bursary for UVic students with severe disabilities and the Trish Grainge Scholarship for promising students in acting and voice. The award was presented in honour of Bevan's friend, Trish Grainge, who read stories on talking books. Bevan, who was legally blind, loved to listen to GraingeÕs captivating voice.
The two new awards, available in the fall of 1996, reflect Bevan's life-long support of the humanities and women. The Pat Bevan Scholarship in Writing will be awarded to outstanding students in a major program in the department of writing and the Pat Bevan WomenÕs Bursary will go to mature women students in the humanities.
Born in Kent, England, she emigrated to Canada in 1930 where she met and married Albert Bevan. They had two children, Dick and Jan. At the age of 70, she developed rheumatoid arthritis as well as nearly total blindness. Despite this, she continued to live in her own home after she was widowed at 80 and remained mentally alert, taking an interest in current affairs, listening to talking books and writing short autobiographical stories which were published in the Pioneer News. Grainge has taken some of the stories and made them into a talking book I Remember, I Remember.