University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford held its annual Town and Gown fundraiser on Nov. 13. (UFV photo)

University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford held its annual Town and Gown fundraiser on Nov. 13. (UFV photo)

UFV Town and Gown dinner raises more than $245,000

Of the total raised, $100,000 will go toward a new Peace and Reconciliation Centre

The University of the Fraser Valley raised more than $245,000 at its Town and Gown fundraiser at its Abbotsford campus on Nov. 13.

The money goes toward scholarships, bursaries, and enhanced learning opportunities for students. Of the total raised, $100,000 will go toward a new Peace and Reconciliation Centre, and the remaining will fund new scholarships.

Several new donations were announced during the evening.

A total of 190 new $750 scholarships were pledged, including an $18,750 donation from UFV president Joanne MacLean and her partner Maureen Murphy that will be endowed to produce an annual scholarship in perpetuity.

Auguston Developments representative Donna Heath announced the donation of 20 scholarships on behalf of Auguston principal owners Allen and Angela Au.

Fran Vanderpol announced that the Oikodome Foundation, her family’s charitable organization, will be supporting the new Peace and Reconciliation Centre within the UFV College of Arts with a donation of $100,000.

Community guests mingled with UFV leadership and student ambassadors, who shared stories about how their UFV experience is changing their lives for the better.

UFV kinesiology student Aziz Ghafoor spoke about how the support of donor-funded scholarships and bursaries makes it possible for him to focus on his studies and his goal of being accepted into medical school.

RELATED: UFV Town and Gown event raises $85,000

“At times, my dream of med school seems impossible,” he said.

“Bursaries and scholarships tipped things in my favour. They changed my life. These are representations of your generosity. They have allowed me to pursue my academic goals and to completely focus on my studies and related extra-curricular activities.”

UFV honoured two alumni with its Distinguished Alumni and Young Distinguished Alumni awards.

Jesse Wegenast, who earned a bachelor of arts in geography in 2012, was named Young Distinguished Alumni for his wide-ranging and extensive community work.

Wegenast is a pastor with 5 and 2 Ministries and a resource person with Archway Community Services who serves as an intermediary for those who are unhoused, poor, mentally ill, aged, and struggling with addictions.

Sonya Sangster, a professional pilot and a leader in helping women in the international development field, was named the Distinguished Alumni.

Previous Distinguished Alumni award recipients were acknowledged at a reception prior to the Town and Gown dinner.

Anita Nielsen, executive director of advancement and alumni relations, announced the formal launch of the UFV Ripple Makers donor recognition society. To celebrate the launch, four inaugural recipients were presented with commemorative Ripple Makers paddles.

Paul Esposito Sr. received the first Lifetime paddle in recognition of a cumulative lifetime of giving. Last year, Esposito donated $1.125 million to UFV.

Parm and Satwinder Bains received the inaugural Loyalty paddle for donating to UFV for more than 15 years.

Nik and Marnie Venema received the inaugural Legacy paddle in recognition of their including of UFV in their estate plans.

And RBC, represented by Doug Turner and Jodi O’Hara, received the Donor of the Year paddle in recognition of a $300,000 donation to establish the Centre for Experiential and Career Education at UFV.

 

University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford held its annual Town and Gown fundraiser on Nov. 13. (UFV photo)

University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford held its annual Town and Gown fundraiser on Nov. 13. (UFV photo)

Just Posted

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

A police pursuit involving Abbotsford Police ended in Langley Saturday night, June 20. (Black Press Media file)
Abbotsford Police pursuit ends in Langley with guns drawn

One person arrested, witnesses say an officer may have been hurt in collision with suspect vehicle

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

(Black Press Media files)
Burnaby RCMP look for witnesses in hit-and-run that left motorcyclist dead

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle before fleeing the scene

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read