Know your Foundation Board
Lockharts inspired by blend of theory and practice at UFV
By Brian J. Martin
“Education is the cheapest insurance you can buy.”
So says John Lockhart, UFV donor, Foundation Board member, and avid curler. John certainly knows of what he speaks. He has sought out education wherever he has lived, starting with a degree in his native Alberta, and happily considers himself a lifelong learner.
It is that thirst for knowledge and a true appreciation for its value that has inspired John and wife May to include educational institutions among their charitable giving choices. It is also a reason why John accepted the invitation to sit on the UFV Foundation Board when asked in 2008.
“I didn’t expect to be asked to do anything more for UFV after May and I donated,” recalls Lockhart. “I certainly did not anticipate this honour.” Expected or not, the invitation was extended and with good reason. John brings the unique perspective to the board of a committed and significant donor. The Lockharts have invested almost $250,000 in an institution that neither has attended but that appealed to them for a different motivation — the distinctive blend of technology and academics that defines UFV. Appropriately, many of their gifts have gone to the UFV Trades & Technology Centre.
John remembers his own time at university fondly, but after finishing his degree felt that something was missing in his education: the practical application of what he had learned. It is that blend of the technological with the theoretical that has attracted him to UFV as a donor and kept him on as a Board member.
“I believe the future of education is in the trades,” says John. “And UFV is well positioned to provide the future of education needed in the valley and beyond. That is why May and I established awards with UFV: so that students who wanted to pursue an education but might not have means to do so fully could get financial help. We also like the fact that UFV is now a full university. This change in designation strengthens the university’s mandate of allowing students to learn where they live.”
John Lockhart in his favourite
After having participated on the Foundation Board at UFV, John can better appreciate the work that goes into fundraising for UFV. The knowledge has enhanced his perspective.
“There is good work being accomplished here on behalf of UFV students, and the more we can do, the more we benefit the whole community,” believes John. “We all have a stake in a healthy, vibrant, and financially sound UFV.”
John can say he has been a part of those “good works” as a donor and planner. Perhaps it is his contribution that can be considered his proudest achievement in his time with UFV.