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Date: June 07, 2008
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UVic Endowment Marks Sisters of St. Ann Legacy

The Sisters of St Ann are marking their 150th anniversary in the province of BC by announcing a gift of $300,000 to the University of Victoria. The donation will provide $150,000 to endowments in each of UVic’s Faculty of Education and School of Nursing. The funds will support students in both programs.

The announcement was made at a gala fundraiser at the Victoria Convention Centre on Saturday, June 7, where former prime minister and St. Ann’s Academy student Kim Campbell was the keynote speaker. The Society of the Friends of St. Ann’s Academy organized the celebration from which the proceeds will go to the endowments.

These endowments are a legacy to the Sisters’ pioneering work in the province in the fields of rural education and nursing,” says Noreen Frisch, director of UVic’s School of Nursing. “Our Family Nurse Practitioner Program is preparing experienced nurses to take on a new role in BC as primary care providers. This scholarship makes it possible for students to take on full-time coursework and complete the program sooner. We are very grateful for this support.”

In 1858, the Sisters of St Ann arrived in Victoria from St-Jacques, Quebec, and immediately set up a school for local children. At one point their education and health facilities spread as far north as Alaska.

The Sisters of St. Ann endowment in education provides much needed bursary support for our undergraduate students who wish to pursue practicum experience in rural settings,” says Faculty of Education Dean Ted Riecken. “With an ever-increasing demand for teachers in rural communities, this generous endowment will enable our students to gain experience teaching in a rural community while providing these communities with student expertise and support.”

By supporting the coming generations of nursing and education students, UVic and the Sisters of St. Ann are ensuring that the important legacy of the Sisters is not forgotten in British Columbia,” adds Frisch.

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Media contacts:

Sister Patricia Shreenan (Sisters of St. Ann) at 250-721-5673 or blondin1@shaw.ca
Crystal Bergeron (Education Communications) at 250-721-7878 or cbergero@uvic.ca.
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca


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