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Release Date: March 21, 2016

Camosun’s Horticulture students will be inspired to continue the legacy of farming and food production that was a mainstay of the Saanich economy for decades, thanks to a generous donation by Saanich Fruit Growers Association to the Camosun College Foundation. The major gift of $125,000, the largest donation ever made to Camosun’s Horticulture Technician Program, will fund a perpetual bursary in Horticultural Studies, and enhance learning resources through purchases of equipment and planting stock.

“This donation comes at a very important time, when interest in local food production and food security is heightening, and economic pressures have impacted the traditional family farm,” says Eric Sehn, dean of Camosun’s School of Trades and Technology. “The gift allows us to encourage students to pursue careers in horticultural trades and introduce innovation in a long-honoured industry.”

Saanich Fruit Growers Association was a co-operative of large and small farms, and supported a vibrant local fruit production and processing industry for nearly a century.

“We are concluding a two-year process of winding down the association’s operations,” says Harold MacCarthy, one of the directors overseeing the distribution of the remaining assets that resulted from the sale of the historic Central Saanich property at the corner of Keating Cross Rd. and Veyaness Rd. “We are very pleased to support Camosun’s Horticulture students and to help honour the family farms and economic history of this region.”

“It is very exciting and humbling to steward a gift of this size and historical significance,” says Camosun Foundation advancement manager Karen Whyte. “I feel privileged to help provide a lasting memory of the Saanich Fruit Growers Association.” The fund will provide bursaries, awards, equipment purchases and program upgrades. In recognition of the gift, SFGA will be listed on the donor wall in the new Trades complex that recently opened at Interurban campus.

The Camosun College Foundation works with donors to support student success through bursaries, awards and enhanced learning spaces. We can help you meet your philanthropy goals to create a meaningful legacy with powerful results for individuals, families and community.


Karen Whyte
Camosun College Advancement Manager

Last updated: March 21, 2016 2:55 pm

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