Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lasting Legacy for Amber Bowerman

Three years after we lost Amber, I'm happy to report that good is still happening in her name.

Today, on the eve of the third year anniversary of her passing, the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation (AWBMF) announced the creation of a lasting legacy for its namesake during a press conference at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.
Photo by Greg Fulmes

Through the generous and kind efforts of donors, the AWBMF has met its endowment fundraising objective for the SAIT Polytechnic journalism scholarship in Amber’s name. The final cheque for the SAIT endowment was presented today by the Foundation’s President, Käthe Lemon, to Debby Deniset, the Annual Giving Manager of SAIT Alumni and Development. The amount of the cheque was $10,497.93 reaching a total of more than $28,500 in the endowment, which will ensure that a journalism scholarship of $1,000 a year will be given in perpetuity.

“This isn’t the most significant donation ever in terms of the absolute amount, but it is truly a huge donation in terms of the number of people who came together to make it happen and who put their thoughts into making something positive from tragedy,” says Käthe.

I'm so proud to be a founding and current board member of the AWBMF and of all those who have helped us reach this goal, whether by donating money, time, goods or participating at our fundraising events. We weren't sure what could be done when we began, we just knew we wanted, no needed, to do something to honour Amber and continue the work she started.

This SAIT endowment fund is the just the first of what we hope to be many scholarships in Amber's name. It is through such efforts that we can find some solace in losing such a great person. Here's to you, Amber. We miss you!

See the full press release here.

--- Colleen Seto
AMPA Blogger-in-Residence