UFV’s Town and Gown event raises $132,000

Funds support scholarships for students

University of the Fraser Valley recently held its second annual Town and Gown fundraiser.

The University of the Fraser Valley’s annual Town and Gown event raised $132,000 for the school’s Changing Lives, Building Community Endowment.

The dinner, held on Nov. 9, brought 250 people to UFV’s Abbotsford campus to celebrate student success and hear about how the support of donors helps its students.

The endowment supports scholarships for students who demonstrate superior scholastic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the community.

UFV president Mark Evered thanked guests, many of whom have supported UFV over the years, for investing in the university.

“We have built this great university on the vision of our community. We saw not only the educational opportunities for ourselves and our families, but the ways in which a local university would enrich us all – changing lives, and building community. It is that vision that continues to guide us today,” he said.

The night also included speeches from distinguished UFV students, including Gary Bass, a former high-ranking RCMP officer who earned his MA in criminal justice, and Shannon Thiesen, an Abbotsford elementary school teacher and award-winning artist.