Nursing care inspires new UFV scholarship

Support for third-year students

Dr. Malwinder Singh Dhami

Dr. Malwinder Singh Dhami

A local dentist will support a new local scholarship, inspired by the excellent nursing care his father received at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH).

Dr. Malwinder Singh Dhami, a dentist with a long-established practice in Abbotsford, has been connected to the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) for many years.

He has been a member of the UFV Abbotsford Community Council and played a key role in fundraising for the establishment of a Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and a regional innovation chair on Canada–India Economic Development at UFV in the mid-2000s. He was also one of the first donors to UFV’s Peace Studies initiative and established the Dhami Family Endowment Leadership award.

Last summer, events in Dhami’s family inspired him to create a new way of supporting his local university. His elderly father, Ram Singh Dhami, was admitted to ARH for treatment.

During his father’s stay, Dhami spent each day visiting at his bedside. He observed the excellent care his father received, and was impressed at the professional attention from each of the nursing staff — some of whom were graduates of the UFV bachelor of science in nursing program.

To show his gratitude, he established an endowed fund to provide an annual award to a third-year UFV nursing student known for his or her generosity or volunteer/community leadership. This $10,000 gift will support an annual award.

Another donor has also stepped forward to add a gift to the newly created nursing award.

To find out more about how to contribute, contact the UFV Advancement team at giving@ufv.ca