Pam Shemilt The very first “Friend of Camosun”
When Pam Shemilt found out she was to receive the first-ever Friend of Camosun Award last fall, she was “speechless.” “I felt very humble and very honoured, at being selected. Also totally taken aback!”
The annual Friend of Camosun Award recognizes the generosity and community involvement of an individual or organization demonstrating a high-level of engagement with the college, and Pam certainly fits that bill.
Since 2000, both Pam personally and her family business – Island Blue Print, a local high-tech custom printing and art supply company – have donated to a variety of Camosun programs and campaigns, including the Visual Arts program and the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence capital campaign. Pam has also set up bursaries for students in a number of program areas, including English, civil engineering and computer graphics.
“We started giving to Camosun because my husband wanted some way to honour his 50 years with Island Blue Print,” she says. “We chose program areas related to our work – we print books, for example, so we wanted to support writers, and engineers, of course, need blue prints, which is the foundation of our business. The community has been exceptionally supportive of our company, and this is our way of giving back to the community and to students who so desperately need help.”
Pam is also a member of the Camosun Foundation Board and has helped the college connect with other potential donors. “Students today struggle to try and figure out how to make ends meet. I tell potential donors how much the students are in need, but also how much we need the students.”