The 2020-2021 Scholarship Trustees, Brenda Woosnam (Chairperson), Anne Sprung and our not-yet-found third trustee will continue to address three objectives this year:
- Liaise with the educational institutions receiving the annual scholarship funds in order to streamline communication and the exchange of information. In furtherance of this objective, a profile of each BCCGC award at each institution was prepared and an end-of-year report from institutions was implemented.
- Contact students who have received scholarship monies, obtaining feedback about their horticultural learning experience and career objectives.
- Foster contact between BCCGC’s member clubs, particularly those who have donated to the STF, and those academic institutions and students who are recipients of BCCGC scholarships and bursaries.
Regarding the second and third objectives, we made it a priority this past year to contact the award recipients (where possible, given privacy rules) and to present their stories to BC Council members via the website and newsletters. There were several award recipients, including a University of Northern BC student, who were prepared to speak at the 2020 AGM of BCCGC. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of the live AGM, we were unable to introduce you to these outstanding young people whose commitment to their chosen field is clearly evident.
The funds of the STF are currently managed by Vancity Community Foundation (VCF). Two trustees and the Council’s past president, Lorna Fraser, had a productive meeting with VCF’s Donor Services staff in October 2019 and were satisfied that the STF is being appropriately administered in a manner consistent with the fund’s objectives. According to the mandate of VCF, the current investment is well sheltered and the management of the fund will be consistent regardless of the rotation of Trustee members. More information about VCF is on their website.
For full information on the Scholarship Trust Fund please download the most recent report:
I look forward to hearing from members with their comments or suggestions and particularly if they would be interested in serving with the Scholarship Fund Committee.
Chairperson, Scholarship Trust Fund