An investment in healthcare on Vancouver Island
The Island Medical Program is a collaboration between the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, and Island Health. It aims to increase the number of physicians practicing on Vancouver Island – and studies show that doctors are more likely to practice in the regions where they were educated.
The power of individual philanthropy is transformative. Your support will help the IMP thrive, and will spur the program’s growth as a place for educating the next generation of physicians, many of whom may serve our Island communities.
Several individuals, families, foundations, and associations have already made generous donations to the IMP to establish bursaries and scholarships. To date, over $1.3 million has been donated. Most of these funds help Vancouver Island students, including those from remote areas, to pursue medical careers.
What are ways I can donate?
Your financial donation to the IMP helps to provide the best possible teaching, learning, and research opportunities. Gifts of all sizes are deeply appreciated, and can be directed towards your specific interests.
Opportunities are available to:
- Establish bursaries, scholarships, and fellowships to assist aspiring physicians and young scientists;
- Endow faculty positions, research initiatives, and academic programs;
- Support laboratories and research groups.
Gifts may be made to honor the memory of a loved one or to create a legacy in your name. Your support can be designated to students, research, facilities, or to the area of greatest need, as identified by the Regional Associate Dean.
Who can I contact about donations?
If you have questions about the ways you can give, or if you would like assistance planning your contribution, please contact either the IMP’s Development Officer or Leadership & Annual Giving Officer.
Leadership Giving Officer
Meet some of our donors
The Island Medical Program is truly grateful to the individuals who have chosen to support us. Our program has received some incredible gifts that have greatly enhanced the support for students. We thank our donors for their generosity.
Student awards assist in removing some of the financial barriers faced by our students, helping them reach their full potential while being recognized for academic excellence, achievement, and leadership.
A number of donors support our students and program. Here are some of their stories – we’d love to add yours.
Dr. Basil Boulton received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia and, in 1969, established a pediatric consulting practice in Victoria. He retired from active practice in 2004. He continued his work to improve the healthcare of children until his untimely death in 2008.
His wife, Marilyn, was instrumental in establishing the Basil Boulton Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year IMP student interested in pediatrics or international health.
In 1977, supported by medical colleagues and the public, Dr. Boulton led a campaign to improve pediatric and maternity services, which were split between two major hospitals in Victoria. The result was a well-equipped and well-staffed, integrated unit at the Victoria General Hospital. This endeavor was broadened to include all community child health services with the release of the influential 1980 report on child health care in the Capital Region, which he co-authored with the former deputy health minister James Mainguy.
Basil served on the board of the Greater Victoria Hospital Society and the BC Medical Association, and on various Victoria and provincial committees and organizations. He sat on the BC Medical Association Council of Health Promotion and the Child and Youth Health Committee. He was also elected councilor for the Township of Esquimalt.
In addition to his service at home, Basil volunteered internationally. As a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, he worked with Cuban Ministry of Health and Cuban doctors to improve the health and welfare of children in the country.
At the time of his death, Dr. Boulton was developing a bill of rights for children's health and a pilot program in schools, combining a mental health team, medical team, and educators to better support children.
Dr. Albert Hung believes in the importance of education and has established a fund to support medical students at UVic.
Dr. Hung was born in Fujian Province, China, and moved to Hong Kong during his teenage years. After graduating from middle school, Dr. Hung worked in the Philippines with his father, who was in the construction business. Upon returning to Hong Kong, Dr. Hung embarked on a number of business enterprises. He established companies specializing in a variety of areas, including refurbishing offices and apartments, renovating hotels and offices, importing building materials, producing parts for wristwatches, and currency exchange. Currently, Dr. Hung serves as Vice Chairman for FameG, a microelectronic company that designs and manufactures computer chips.
Dr. Hung received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Victoria, in May 2005, at a special ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Some of his other honors include being named Justice of the Peace, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR; his appointment to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; and serving as a member of the Board of Governors for the Association of the Celebration of the Reunification of Hong Kong with China.
A firm believer in the importance of education, Dr. Hung is very happy to be helping students through scholarships that can be offered on a perpetual basis.
“I believe the true meaning of this matter lies in how young people can be helped in the future.”
Dr. Hung is an avid soccer player and fan, and has served on the boards of numerous sports and educational organizations. He is married and has three children.
Bob Love graduated from McGill University's Faculty of Medicine in 1950. He and Nancy were married that August, and Bob went on to take two internships. He took a position with the C.G. Williams Clinic in Trail, BC. In 1955, they went to Vancouver, where Bob was a resident at the Vancouver General Hospital. In 1961, with three young children, Bob and Nancy moved to Toronto, where Bob undertook his last year of post-graduate studies. Bob and his family then returned to Trail, where he practiced Internal Medicine for 22 years, then concluded his career practicing Nuclear Medicine in Victoria.
One of their four children, Robin, studied medicine (UBC, 1986), and also started a family during medical school. He lives in Nanaimo with his wife, Deirdre, and their family. There, he practices family medicine and palliative care. He is an active participant in the UBC Family Medicine and Island Medical Program teaching programs.
Robin recalls his parents being very supportive of education and encouraging about starting a family while in school.
"You just have to be hardworking and clear about your responsibilities," they told him.
As a tribute to their husband and father, the Love family established a bursary for IMP students who have children. It is the Love family's hope that it will help ease these students' way through medical school and encourage them as they learn medicine while caring for a family.
Drs. Patrick and Diana White have practiced family medicine in Victoria for over 35 years. In retirement, they continue to enjoy part-time work in a travel medicine clinic.
Patrick's connection with UVic dates back to 1957, when he enrolled in Victoria College, as it was then known. His received his BA as part of the first graduating class in Victoria. He then earned his medical degree from Glasgow University, where he met Diana, who was in the same class.
They have four children, all graduates of UVic. One daughter is now a practicing physician in Australia. This same daughter, in her early working years, introduced Patrick and Diana to medical care for Indigenous peoples, specifically the Gwitch'n, whom she served intermittently for five years in northern Yukon. Here in Victoria, one of Patrick's and Diana's medical partners is of Indigenous heritage.
These experiences influenced the Whites to create this bursary for medical students of Indigenous descent, and/or who graduated from a high school on Vancouver Island.
Dr. Michael Ross graduated from medical school at Liverpool University during the height of Beatlemania. He interned at the Vancouver General Hospital and opened his general practice in Victoria before completing an Otolaryngology fellowship in Seattle. He returned to Victoria to practice for another 45 years, focusing on the highly demanding and complex care of patients with head and neck cancers.
Following retirement from his own practice, Dr. Ross continued to serve as a consultant at the Cancer Clinic and Island Health Pain Clinic, and to teach at the Island Medical Program. He also generously embraced the Division of Vascular Surgery and was a tireless, enthusiastic assistant. His presence in the operating room brought equanimity during tense moments and humor when the opportunity arose.
Dr. Ross embodied all the attributes one would hope for in a friend and colleague. He never failed to be thoughtful, kind, and generous, nor was he afraid to speak his mind. He was also a leader when called upon and served as Chief of Surgery at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for many years as well as President of the Victoria Medical Society.
His love for life is embodied by his love of all things fine, including food, wine, and the arts. He would stomp grapes to create his own wine, and he and his wife Mary Spilsbury Ross were generous supporters of Ballet Victoria. Dr. Ross enjoyed many sports over the years, including his time with his “buddies” on the golf course every Saturday morning.
The Victoria Medical Society and the surgeons of Vancouver Island are honoured to created a scholarship in memory of their dear friend and colleague. The scholarship will be awarded to IMP students pursuing a career in surgery.
As a retired family physician who started his post-secondary studies at UVic and then went on to obtain his medical degree from UBC, Dr. Young and his wife, Patricia, herself a UVic alumna, wanted to make a difference in students' lives.
"We support a scholarship for IMP students because it's something we believe in. Medical education has become very expensive. By easing a student's way, even by a little bit, we feel we can make a difference," said the Youngs.
"It gives us tremendous personal satisfaction and a sense of being connected to both UVic and UBC."
Their scholarship supports a first-year student who graduated from a Vancouver Island high school and who's also actively involved in their community.
Dr. Bob Young attended Victoria College (UVic's predecessor) in 1947, then went on to earn a BA (UBC, 1952) and a MD (UBC, 1956). He was a member of the third graduating class. After interning at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, he launched a private practice in Victoria.
During his 38-year career as a family physician, Dr. Young earned a reputation as a dedicated and tireless local member of the provincial medical community. He was an elected member of the BC Medical Association Board of Directors for 20 years. These were the years during which the Association introduced and promoted seatbelt, bicycle helmet, and infant car seat legislation. As Chair of the BCMA Communications Committee, Dr. Young helped bring these initiatives into law.
In addition, he edited the BCMA News for 20 years, the Association's award-winning political publication. He also authored more than 1100 weekly medical columns between 1975 and 1997, which were published in local BC newspapers, and also picked up by papers in Yellowknife, Alberta, and the Maritimes.
Dr. Young served terms as President of the BC Section of General Practice, as a delegate of the Victoria Medical Society, and was an active staff member of the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Veterans' Hospital, serving as chairman and member of many committees during his career. In 1988, Dr. Young was the inaugural recipient of the BCMA's Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, given in recognition of his extraordinary contribution in the field of organized medicine and community service.
In February 2011, at UVic, he was honoured as the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Division of Medical Sciences. Dr. Young passed away in May 2011.
The Dr. Kim Stevenson Memorial Award in Anesthesiology will be awarded on an annual basis to exceptional fourth-year medical students at the Island Medical Program who have chosen anesthesiology as a career.Dr. Kim Stevenson was an integral part of the Victoria Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine from 2002 when he arrived from Saskatchewan. He did his undergraduate training in South Africa and worked as a family doctor in Saskatchewan before embarking on a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Very soon after his arrival in Victoria, he demonstrated that he had a very special interest and affinity to teaching medical students and residents. Kim was always happy to have a learner with him and they were assured to have an educational, enlightening, and entertaining day together. In addition, Kim was a wonderful role model on how to treat patients in a kind and compassionate way. His enthusiasm and commitment to medicine and, in particular, to anesthesiology was no doubt an inspiration to many a student. He was a well-respected member of the anesthesiology department and he would invariably have a kind word and a smile for his colleagues around him.
Kim was site head for obstetrical anesthesia in Victoria and instrumental in instituting a program of ongoing education in this field. In addition, he held the position of site head for anesthesia education in Victoria and was responsible for organizing the orientation and assignment of learners during their rotations at Victoria General Hospital.
Other than medicine, Kim demonstrated a very well-rounded approach to life, something he felt was most important to be a balanced and competent physician. He had a number of interests and hobbies, and family was always dear to him. Kim will long be remembered for what he was: mentor, friend, and physician. The award of this scholarship in his memory will no doubt keep these attributes of Dr. Kim Stevenson alive for the deserving recipient.
The Association of Victoria Anesthesiologists represents the professional, business, and social interests of its member anesthesiologists working in south Vancouver Island. The society strives to promote the highest quality of health care, to promote the integrity and honor of the medical profession, and to recognize outstanding contribution and service to the practice of anesthesia. These ideals were embodied in the life and practice of Dr. Kim Stevenson, who was a treasured member, colleague, and friend.