EDUCATION - What we do...
 
GVMWA raises money to disburse funds to various mining industry-related educational programmes.
Donations are made to the MineralsEd Program of BC. Our donation helps to defray the costs of various teacher workshops including field trips to Britannia Beach for UBC student teachers. Teaching resources are provided to these teachers free of charge, this programme receives no government funding and those teachers who participate do so on their own time.
The transportation subsidy for the Mining Museum of BC at Britannia Beach allows schools to take advantage of the $150 and $200 subsidy to help with the bussing costs for students. As usual the museum directly administers the subsidy, and we thank them for their help. In all the thank you notes received from the schools it is noted that without this funding many of the schools would be unable to participate in the fabulous educational programme provided by the Mining Museum.
Bursaries have been awarded in the past to students at UBC, SFU and BCIT. One or two $1000.00 bursaries at UBC. UBC has welcomed our organization into the Chancellor’s Circle, which is in recognition of individuals and organizations who have contributed $25,000 or more in lifetime giving to UBC. GVMWA receives notification and invitations to special University events.$500.00 bursary for each Simon Fraser University and BCIT for deserving students. At the moment the Bursaries have been suspended until further notice.
The GVMWA provides judges at the Annual Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair usually held at UBC in April. An award is provided for suitable Geoscience related projects
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EDUCATION ANNUAL REPORT 2007-2008

All funds raised by GVMWA go to our educational programs in mining related fields.


In 2007-2008 we donated $2200.00 to the Mineral Resources Education Program of BC (MREPBC) to help defray the costs of their various endeavors including the reprinting of the binder for their Grade 5 Integrated Resources Unit on Mining, educational videos on DVD and the purchase of the minerals across Canada poster.

 

The transportation subsidy for the Mining Museum of BC at Britannia Beach was $3150.00 allowing a total of twenty-one schools to take advantage of the $150.00 subsidy per school.

 

The BCIT Foundation $500.00 bursary was awarded to Kit Mak, a first year student in Mining Technology at BCIT.

 

Two $1000.00 bursaries at UBC were awarded to Morgan Jane Wittstock, a second year honours student in the Geological Science program and Patricia Oka, a third year student in Mining and Materials Engineering.  A note of thanks goes out to Mr. Gordon Marshall who donated $1000.00 to the GVMWA bursary at UBC in memory of our late member Mrs. Kaye Marshall thus enabling us to award two bursaries this year.

 

Our $500.00 bursary at SFU was not awarded this year because there was no qualifying student to receive it.  However, the award has grown to $750.00 with outside donations and we hope to award it next year.

 

The Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair award of $50.00 was awarded to Heather Thompson of Crofton House School in Vancouver for her project on zircons entitled “Ashes to Ashes—Searching for Evidence of Ancient Volcanoes”.  She was also presented with the Gold Pan Trophy to be displayed at her school for the year.

 

The BCIT Foundation $500.00 bursary for 2008-2009 has been awarded to Erin Livingstone who is studying in the Mining and minerals Technology field.


 

Education Annual Report 2008-2009

Thanks to our membership and the efforts of our Ways and Means Committee we have had another successful year disbursing funds to various mining industry-related educational programmes.

The funding year started as usual with our $500 donation to the Mineral Resource Education Program of BC.  Our donation helps to defray the costs of various teacher workshops run by the MREPBC including a fall 2008 field trip to BritanniaBeach for UBC student teachers.  Teaching resources are provided to these teachers free of charge, this programme receives no government funding and those teachers who participate do so on their own time.

 The $500.00 GVMWA award at BCIT was awarded this year to Erin Livingstone, a second year student in Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology.  I had the pleasure of meeting Erin at the awards ceremony in November and both personally and in a thank you letter she expressed her appreciation for the award.

The transportation subsidy for the Mining Museum of BC at Britannia Beach was $3500.00, allowing a total of 19 schools to take advantage of the $150 and $200 subsidy (partway through the year the subsidy was increased to help with the increased bussing costs).  As usual the museum directly administers the subsidy, and we thank them for their help.  In all the thank you notes received from the schools it is noted that without this funding many of the schools would be unable to participate in the fabulous educational programme provided by the MiningMuseum.

Of the two $1000.00 bursaries available at UBC only one has yet been awarded to Ms. Ghazaleh Taghi Nazari, currently completing year 4 of her Bachelor of Applied science in Materials Engineering.  UBC has welcomed our organization into the Chancellor’s Circle, which is in recognition of individuals and organizations who have contributed $25,000 or more in lifetime giving to UBC.  We will receive notification and invitations to special University events.

Our $500.00 bursary at SimonFraserUniversity was awarded to Sarah Hasek,  who sent us a thank you note.

 Thank you to Barbara Paterson for representing us as a judge at the 27th Annual Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair held at UBC in April.  Unfortunately this year there were no suitable projects submitted.