Monday, July 13, 2009

An Ode to Our Founder

Pat Sifton was highly influential in the development of UFV's Library and Information Technology Program. She single-handedly developed and taught the program for most of her tenure. For many years, the responsibility of teaching fell entirely on her shoulders and it is astounding how one woman, with very limited resources, was able to shape a program that continues to produce extremely relevant graduates 29 years after its creation. After a brief illness, Pat passed away this July.

On the October 2nd weekend of 2010, we are planning a large 30 year reunion for all of our LIBIT alumni. It was our hope to pay tribute to Pat Sifton at this event. It is with great sadness that we shall not be able to do this in her presence. After consultation with her family, it was decided that the fledgling LIBIT Leadership Award will be renamed in honour of Pat Sifton. The award, which currently sits at about 9,000 dollars is in need of at least 3,500 more in order for it to be self-sustaining as an annual award. As monthly contributors to building the endowment, the LIBIT faculty hope that, with additional support, we will be able to proudly grant this award in 2010 to a LIBIT student.

It is the very least we can do for our founder, mentor, colleague, and friend.

Anyone interested in assisting can visit UFV Giving - Pat Sifton Endowment Leadership Award