VICTORIA, BC – Helping people gain the skills needed to find success and contribute to Greater Victoria’s workforce is vital to ensuring our region’s economy remains robust for years to come.
It’s been a central theme of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce since it was founded in 1863 and will remain a focus as the organization celebrates its 160th anniversary next year.
“Chamber leadership feels strongly about making a difference that is tangible as well as aspirational, so we’re proud to announce the new 1863 Impact Award for post-secondary students,” Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. “Investing in ambitious and motivated students is one way we can make a positive contribution to a person’s life. Doing so also helps that person gain the skills and tools needed to one day join the business community and help build a better community.”
A total of $160,000 will be distributed over a multi-year term to establish entrance awards for post-secondary students, with the University of Victoria receiving $90,000, Camosun College getting $45,000 and Royal Roads University $25,000. Each school will manage the selection of award recipients as well as the specific timing of their process. In 2023, 13 students who meet the criteria will receive awards, which will be available for many years to come.
UVic, Camosun and Royal Roads expressed gratitude for the value placed on education by The Chamber.
“At UVic, we're committed to contributing to a better future for people, places and the planet,” UVic President and Vice-Chancellor Kevin said. “This commitment aligns closely with The Chamber's work to support business leaders and ensure growth and prosperity in Southern Vancouver Island. Your vision and leadership in the community has helped to propel aspiring leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.”
“Camosun programs provide real-life, experiential education for all learners,” Camosun College President Dr. Lane Trotter said. “The college is committed to working together and building a great community for all. Thank you to The Chamber for inspiring life-changing learning for Camosun students. Awards like this help to reduce the barriers to education so many students face across the region.”
“The road to completing a university education is never easy," RRU President Philip Steenkamp said. “Helping out students with these awards is a wonderful way to mark this special anniversary for the Victoria Chamber and the funds will make someone’s journey at Royal Roads be the life-changing, world-expanding, change-making experience it should be.”
Greater Victoria Chamber 1863 Impact Award
Amount per award: $2,000
Number of awards: Varies by institution (University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University)
The award is open to all students beginning their studies at: the University of Victoria, Camosun College, or Royal Roads University.
Each post-secondary institution will have slightly different criteria; however, preference is given to the following:
About Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and
great community for all through advocacy, networking, professional development and innovative services as changing times require. In 2020, the Chamber Champions initiative added a powerful resource to provide leadership and guidance to our organization. Current Champions are: BC Ferries, Big Wheel Burger, CHEK News, CIBC, Cold Star Solutions, Knappett Projects, Mike Geric Construction, MNP, PARC Retirement Living, RBC, Scotiabank, Seaspan, Spinnakers, TELUS Business, and the University of Victoria. Find out more at: victoriachamber.ca.
Jim Zeeben, Senior Manager Strategic Communications and Policy
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
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Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community through advocacy, networking, professional development and innovative services as changing times require.