This is just a brief note to thank the generous people who have already donated to the Lambda Foundation’s 2015 campaign and a request to the rest of you: please include Lambda Foundation when you make your (tax-receipted) charitable donations on Giving Tuesday or for the Dec. 31 deadline. Our priorities this year are donations to Lambda Foundation’s “general” and “where most needed” funds, an effective way to help us maintain the research awards we have and create new ones.
We are pleased to announced that Ellis Hofmann is the latest recipient of the Jack Hallam Human Rights Awardat Gulf Islands Secondary School on Salt Spring Island, BC. Ellis' award-winning essay describes his experience helping a friend deal with transphobia in ways that benefitted them both. For more details, see our west coast news link (below). Congratulations, Ellis!
Jack Hallam (1928-2015). Lambda Foundation (LF) extends its sympathies to the family and friends of one of our generous benefactors, Jack Hallam of Salt Spring Island, BC. In 2007, through the Lambda Foundation, Jack established the Jack Hallam Human Rights Awards for grade 12 students at the local Gulf Islands Secondary School. Each annual award is valued at $1000 and is given to an outstanding student leader who is active in the fight against homophobia, transphobia and other intersecting forms of discrimination, including racism.
On Salt Spring Island and wanting to learn more about the experiences of LGBTQ elders in residential care? Join us Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Harbour House Hotel (121 Upper Ganges Rd) at 2pm to hear from Lambda award-winner Dr. Ashley Heaslip on her research in this area. Tea and cookies will be provided. Free admittance, no registration required.
Professor Nicole LaViolette, whose name graces our award at the University of Ottawa, has left Lambda a generous gift of $9,750, bringing the current total of the endowment to over $31,000. Nicole passed away in May after a very brave and determined struggle with cancer. She accomplished a great deal in the area of international human rights even after her illness was first diagnosed four years ago. She was truly an inspiration. Donations to the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize can be made through Lambda and we will forward them to the University of Ottawa.
Two PhD students are sharing our newly named Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award for their innovative and bold research. They are Melanie Rickert in Anthropology and Charlotte Hoelke in Canadian Studies. It is the first time the Lambda award at Carleton has been presented under its new name. Melanie won the Lambda Award at Carleton a couple of years ago for her MA research.