Honouring and thanking our donors
Funds from donors, along with the acknowledgement of a student's hard work and perseverance, touch lives and help students with their educational goals. Access Award donations, managed by the Camosun College Foundation, have been provided by generous individuals, service clubs, foundations, companies, and corporations to encourage our students. We thank our donors.
We also acknowledge many other anonymous people who have made donations towards Access awards. These generous contributions are often what make it possible to continue some awards or develop new ones.
Adult Basic Education Association of BC
The ABE Association of BC helps committed, hard-working ABE students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education
- ABE Association of BC Award since 1995
An anonymous donor has supported student award winners from the Building Employment Success for Tomorrow (BEST) program for many years. The donor recognizes the value of the BEST program which offers career, education and personal exploration.
- Joan Looy Endowment Award since 1999
John Boraas, Vice President of Education at Camosun College, estalished this award to show his support of Access students who are transitioning to a career or academic program and understand the importance of education.
- VP of Education Award since 2008
Brand Family and Friends in honour of Shirley “Max” Brand
The family and friends of Shirley “Max” Brand wanted to honour her, a single mother of five, who went back to high school at the age of 40 and got extra credits in Algebra, Trigonometry, Chemistry and Biology in order to take the Medical Lab Technology course and reset the future for her and her kids. She went on to graduate at the top of her class as a Lab Tech. They are very proud of the courage and determination Max displayed. She is a role model for all of us.
- Reset the Future since 2018
Camosun College International
Camosun College International supports international students in the English Language Development program who embrace their commitment to learning English in a foreign country and are class role models.
- Camosun College International Award since 2006
Chuck Dowdeswell, a retired Academic Upgrading English instructor, established this award in 2005 to support students who demonstrate academic success while conquering adversity through diligence.
- Chuck Dowdeswell Award since 2005
The family of Grant Fisher, the first president of Camosun College, wanted to honour him and his teenaged son Brett, who died tragically. The award recognizes the strong academic achievements and extracurricular accomplishments of College Preparatory (Grade 11 and 12 level) students.
- Brett & Grant L. Fisher Memorial Award since 1981
Greater Victoria Citizen Advocacy society (former Board of Directors)
From 1975 to 2008, the Greater Victoria citizen Advocacy Society was an integral part of Victoria's social programs, promoting community involvement and personal choice for persons with mental disabilities.
- Greater Victoria Citizen Advocacy Award since 2009
David Greig, Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation, created the Dedication to Learning Award to recognize outstanding students in this program who contribute positively to the classroom and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
- Dedication to Learning Award since 2011
Susan Haddon, colleagues, family and friends
This award was established by Susan's colleagues, family and friends to honour her eleven-year tenure and contribution to Camosun College.
- Susan Haddon Spirit Award since 2011
Joan Hosty's family, friends and colleagues
Joan was a dedicated and compassionate English as a Second Language instructor. Upon her passing in 2007, family, friends and colleagues collected funds to establish a memorial award to support dedicated and enthusiastic ESL students.
- Joan Hosty Memorial Award since 2008
The Lockie family established their award in 2010 to show support of Access students who overcome significant personal challenges to be successful in their educational journey.
- Lockie Family Endowment Award since 2010
Colin Montesano was a respected and admired math instructor at Camosun. He loved teaching and watching students progress. When he passed away in 2007, Colin's wife fulfilled his desire to establish an award for academic upgrading students taking fundamental and intermediate math.
- Colin Montesano Memorial Award since 2008
Orca Book Publishers
Victoria's Orca Books has been a publisher of high quality, award-winning books for children, teens and reluctant readers of all ages. They established these awards in 2012 to support literacy at Camosun College.
An instructional assistant in the former Adult Basic Education department at Camosun, Lynne provided support and encouragement for nine years to adults upgrading their education. Though Lynne passed away in 2010, her legacy continues to assist students.
- Lynne Richards Memorial Award since 1993
Franklyn Roy cares deeply for Access students and recognizes some need a little encouragement when starting on an educational journey. She established this award to support students who positively impact their community and use education as a tool of empowerment to pursue their goals.
Keith Todd established this award in 2009 upon the passing of his life-long friend, Richard Rayfuse. The award was created to recognize Richard's love for life and to leave a legacy for Access students seeking to improve their literacy.
For many years the Vickers family have generously supported Employment Training & Preparation students who have demonstrated significant progress in both the classroom and the community. Learn more about the Vickers family and their awards.
- Pamela Vickers Achievement Award since 1994
Westshore Soroptimist Award
Soroptimist clubs around the world believe in improving the lives of women and girls; access to education is only one of many programs and services offered to support women. Learn more about the services Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore offers.