STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF DR. JEAN SCOTT

Dr. Jean Scott

It is with deep sadness that the UFV Alumni Association has learned of the passing of Dr. Jean Scott, one of UFV’s greatest champions.

Dr. Sc
ott – who received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2002 – was known for her passion for students, and deeply enriched the lives of everyone she encountered.

“Dr. Scott was one of the most remarkable women I have ever had the privilege to meet,” said Justin P. Goodrich, Board Chair.  Goodrich went on to note “she had an infectious smile and a sharp wit.  She always had a story to share and a kind word of encouragement.  She was – without question – our most treasured alum and she will be forever missed.”

UFV Alumni Association Vice-Chair Nik Venema also noted that “seeing her at our annual theatre night was always a high-light for all of our alumni; it won’t be the same without her.”

The family encourages donations to the Dr. Jean Scott Endowment Scholarship in lieu of flowers. Details of the memorial service will be posted here when made available.

Justin P. Goodrich
Chairman

Nik Venema
Vice Chair

Nav Bains
Associate Vice Chair

Maxine Bouthot
Associate Vice Chair

UFV Alumni Association board of directors




February 23rd, 2015


STATEMENT FROM THE UFV ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE

In recent weeks, the University of the Fraser Valley – in particular, several members of its senior management team – have come under fire for the decisions recently made with respect to expanding the Writing Centre into an Academic Success Centre.

While normally an internal matter such as this is outside the purview of the UFV Alumni Association, the organizer of what has now become a very public campaign against the university is a former member of the UFV Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Moreover, this particular gentleman initiated this campaign prior to his resignation and, as part of his campaign, called on those who support him to contact the UFV Alumni Association.  As such, it has put us in a position where we must engage this issue for the purposes of maintaining our own credibility as an association.

First and foremost, though no longer a Board Member, it is important to note that at no point did the organizer of this campaign speak on behalf of our association.

Second, we in no uncertain terms denounce the personalized nature of the attacks on members of the UFV senior management team. Of course, we respect open and thoughtful disagreement and debate, but from its inception this campaign has been unnecessarily hostile and the aggressive nature of the campaign has also caused discomfort for a great many students.

Finally, the UFV Alumni Association believes that the petitioners have not accurately represented the facts of this matter, and we therefore stand in solidarity with the university with respect to their recent decision.  Indeed, we take the position that the repurposing (not closure) of the Writing Centre aligns with the best practices of many notable post-secondary institutions.  Moreover, it does so whilst maintaining the exceptional quality of services already provided to students, and ensuring the best use of available funding to provide even broader support for more students across all subject areas.

In closing, we hope that should our members have any questions or concerns that they will take the time to fully inform themselves with the facts of this situation by visiting www.ufv.ca/asc.

 
Justin P. Goodrich
Chairman
Alumni Association Board of Directors