Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Latest News from Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation

As a board member of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, I'm pleased to announce what we've accomplished in Amber's name, one year since we tragically lost her.

We've established six post-secondary scholarships with a value of $1,000 each in Amber’s name:
• The University of Regina, in journalism
• Grant MacEwan College, in professional writing
• University of Calgary, in music
• Mount Royal College, in journalism
• ACAD, in painting
And because Amber was a student at SAIT Polytechnic, and was an editor of the Weal student newspaper, we have partnered with the SAIT Students Association to also offer a journalism scholarship.

We've also partnered with the Western Magazine Awards to establish a student writing award which will be given out on June 19. Through these scholarships and awards, we hope to help students step into careers in areas that were important to Amber.

Chris Bowerman, foundation president, summed things up at this morning's media conference: "With the generous donations of countless Calgarians as well as people from across the country, the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation was established to provide journalism and arts scholarships to deserving students. It is truly a testament to Amber’s zest for life that when people heard her story, they were compelled to reach out and do something positive in her memory. The generosity of our donors inspired us, even through our own grief, to create this memorial foundation as a tangible and lasting legacy."

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters, and we hope to see you at our upcoming Sugarbowl fundraiser on August 8th.

Learn more about all of our programs and the fundraiser, and make a donation at: amberbowerman.ca. (The foundation is a registered charity that issues tax receipts.)