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Media Release
Release Date: December 3, 2018

The Camosun College Foundation is pleased to announce the Friends of Camosun Award recipients, recognizing students who demonstrate a joy of learning in each of the college’s five schools. The recipients were acknowledged in a special lunch on Wednesday, December 12.

The Friends of Camosun Award is a biannual gift honouring the generosity and involvement of an individual or organization with a high-level of engagement with the college, as well as outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to our community.

The 2017 recipients, Murray and Lynda Farmer, chose to direct the award to students who demonstrate academic excellence and community engagement. The students were nominated by chairs and instructors and ultimately selected by the dean of the schools. The recipients include:

Lajah Warren School of Health and Human Services
Annalysa Tylor School of Arts and Science
Akio Yasu School of Trades and Technology
Dima Milly School of Access
Maia Sampson School of Business

“It was our wish that the award recipient be chosen by the dean of each school and be a student who exhibits a passion for learning combined with a clearly demonstrated commitment to their educational goals or chosen field of study,” says Lynda Farmer. “We believe this speaks to the work ethic students apply to their educational pursuits at Camosun.”

Murray and Lynda Farmer are well-known philanthropists and community builders, with family roots in the Victoria construction industry and a long relationship with Camosun. The husband-wife team served as co-chairs of the TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign, helping to raise more than $7.5 million for the Centre for Trades Education and Innovation on Interurban campus.

Founded in 1981, the Camosun College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with an autonomous Board of Directors whose mandate is to support the fundraising priorities of Camosun College. It is made up of dedicated volunteers whose hard work helps to secure gifts for student bursaries and scholarships, new buildings and equipment, program enhancements, and more. The Camosun College Foundation is a registered charitable organization under the Income Tax Act.


Roseanne Harvey
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
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Donors Murray and Lynda Farmer with the award recipients and Sherri Bell. L-R: Murray Farmer, Akio Yasu, Maia Sampson, Sherri Bell, Annalysa Tylor, Lynda Farmer
Donors Murray and Lynda Farmer with the award recipients and Sherri Bell. (L-R: Murray Farmer, Akio Yasu, Maia Sampson, Sherri Bell, Annalysa Tylor, Lynda Farmer)

Last updated: February 20, 2019 9:16 am

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