The University of Manitoba – 2012
In addition to providing financial support, Deans Beddoes, Halden, and Whitmore and Associate Dean Joannie Halas have facilitated the participation of the following faculty for the Program: Drs. Rotima Aluko, Nancy Ames, Subramanian Balakrishnan, Nazim Cicek, Annemieke Farenhorst, Kevin Fraser, James Friel, Norman Halden, Randy Herrmann, Witold Kinsner, Ayush Kumar, Juliette Mammei, Michele Piercey-Normore, Liz Ready and Barbara Sharanowski. Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst chairs the Program’s Faculty Advisory Committee. She holds the NSERC Chair For Women in Science and Engineering (Prairie Region). Deborah Young, Executive Lead Indigenous Achievement, Office of the President provides liaison with the President’s Office and sits on the Program Advisory Committee.
The University of Saskatchewan – 2015
In addition to providing financial support, Dr. Patti McDougall,Vice-Provost, has facilitated the participation of the following faculty members: Drs. Andrew Allen, Duncan Cree, Sean Maw, Rick Retzlaff, Alison Oates, Louise Humbert, Leah Ferguson, and Marta Erlandson and from the Canadian Light Source Dr. Robert Blythe and Tracy Walker.
The University of British Columbia – 2016
In addition to the financial support from Deans John Innes, Marc Parlange and Simon Peacock the following faculty served as mentors for the 2016 Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program: Drs. Joerg Bohlmann, Harry Brumer, Julie Cool, Lori Daniels, Erik Eberhardt, Sue Grayston, Jennifer Love, John Bass, Madjid Mohseni, Sheryl Staub-French and Pierre Bérubé. The Program was facilitated by Dr. Ian Caver (Science) Dr. Elizabeth Croft (Applied Science) and Andrea Lyall (Forestry).
The University of Calgary – 2018
The University of Ottawa – 2018
First Nations University of Canada – 2018
University of Alberta – 2019
University of Victoria – 2019
Queen’s University – 2020
Frontier School Division – 2014
In addition to providing in kind support, the Division is playing an active role in promoting the Program with other school divisions. Mr. Tyson MacGillivray, Assistant Superintendent, is President and a Board member and also chairs the Program’s School Advisory Committee.
SHAD – 2017
Since 2009 the following organizations and individuals have provided financial support to the Foundation:
$25,000 to $100,000
- First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) Indigenous Services Canada /
Stratégie d’emploi pour les jeunes Inuit et des Premières Nations (SEJIPN) Services aux Autochtones Canada
$10,000 to $24,999
$5,000 to $9,999
$1,000 to $4,999
Dr. David Collins
Dr. Verna J. Kirkness
Madsen Financial Planning
Up to $999.00
Dr. Keith Meloff
Dr. Deo H. Poonwassie
The following organizations offer young people the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Career Trek is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative educational programming for young people by providing hands-on career experiences designed to unearth their passion to pursue post-secondary education.
Code the Change UBC helps change the world one software project at a time. They believe in the powerful combination of students’ passion and technical skills with the vision and knowledge of philanthropic organizations.
Gearing Up Engineering and Science for Kids is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering and technology to youth across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students.
The Science Ambassador Program pairs the enthusiasm and expertise of senior University of Saskatchewan students in Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Health Science with the teaching and learning needs of remote communities in Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba during 4-6 week placements.
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is an outreach group from the University of Manitoba dedicated to enthralling, educating and motivating the youth, including young girls, into exciting careers in Engineering and Science.
Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology is a unit of the University of Alberta that has dedicated over 30 years to empowering women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
Support the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.
Charlotte Adomeit, Accountant
Dr. Rotimi Aluko, Faculty mentor
Dr. Nancy Ames, Faculty mentor
Mathew Arthur, Communication strategy
Dr. Subramanian Balakrishnan, Faculty mentor
Donna Beyers, Logistic support
Dr. Robert Blyth, Faculty mentor
Erik Bodfish, Logistic support
Dr. Allan Bonner, Past Board member
Gerry Brach, Education Advisor
Elizabeth Brach, Logistic support
Phyllis Caruk, Logistic support
Dr. Nazim Cicek, Faculty mentor
Dr. Jillian Detwiler, Faculty mentor
Dr. Marta Erlandson, Faculty mentor
Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Faculty mentor
Dr. Leah Ferguson, Faculty mentor
Verna Flett, Logistic support
Dr. Kevin Fraser, Faculty mentor
Dr. James Friel, Faculty mentor
Dr. Joannie Halas, Faculty mentor
Dr. Norman Halden, Faculty mentor
Dr. Randy Herrmann, Faculty mentor
Dr. Louise Humbert, Faculty mentor
Dr. Barry Jones, Past Board member
Dr. Witold Kinsner, Faculty mentor
Dr. Verna J. Kirkness, Honorary chair
Celeste Kozik, Logistic support
Dr. Ayush Kumar, Faculty mentor
Patrick Lauzon, Board member
Justin Lin, Communications
Ingrid Maccoll, Logistic support
Tyson MacGillivray, Board member
Dr. Juliette Mammei, Faculty mentor
Dr. Sean Maw, Faculty mentor
Dr. Heather McRae, Faculty mentor
Susan O’Brien, Board member and Program coordinator
Dr. Alison Oates, Faculty mentor
Sydney Park, Social Media Coordinator
Valerie Parker, Logistic support
Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore, Faculty mentor
Pepper-Mackena Pritty, Student advisor
Dr. Liz Ready, Faculty mentor
Mr. Rick Retzlaff, Faculty mentor
Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Faculty mentor
Dr. Barbara Sharanowski, Faculty mentor
Cassidy Silbernagel, Webmaster
Dr. Baljit Singh, Faculty mentor
Kali Storm, Advisor
Dr. Emőke J.E. Szathmáry, Past Board member
Mimi Thompson, Travel coordinator
Dr. Diana Palmerin Velasco, Board member
Tracy Walker, Faculty mentor
Ben Whitrock, Fund development
Beverly Woznow, Researcher
Dr. Ron Woznow, Board member and Director of Programs
Deborah Young, Advisor
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program is a registered Canadian charity and accepts donations.
All donors will receive a tax receipt. Our Charity Number is 82284 3629 RR 0001.
100% Of Donations are used to fund the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.
None of these funds are used for administrative purposes.
All administrative functions are provided by volunteers.
For further information on being a donor, please contact:
Pat Lauzon, Chair: fund development committee
Donations can be mailed to:
The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation
1962 154th Street Surrey, BC V4A 5P3
Donations can also be made online:
If you would like to volunteer please contact: