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School of Access


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

Anonymous donor(s)

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.

John Boraas

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.

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.

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.

Chuck Dowdeswell

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.

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.

David Greig

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.

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.

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.

Lockie Family

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.

Montesano Family

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.

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.

Lynne Richards

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.

Franklyn Roy

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

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.

Vickers Family

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.

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.

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