Elizabeth Pavey English Language Learner Scholarship Fund
Libby joined the Waterloo Region District School Board in 1977 and began her specialization teaching English as an Additional Language. There she formed strong bonds with the ELL team who also became her close friends at work through retirement. She moved from elementary into secondary education and worked at Kitchener Collegiate Institute and then Galt Collegiate Institute, where she threw her passions into supporting her “New Canadian” students, coaching cross country running and serving on the the steering committee for the 150th anniversary of the school.
Her helping nature led her to become a guidance counselor at GCI where she collaborated with her colleagues to set up the Careers Center and made sure that her students felt valued and were supported to reach their goals. She retired in 2001 after 32 years in education, the last 10 of those at GCI, to return to University where she pursued her Masters of Social Work. Following this, she returned to the WRDSB as a social worker, prior to her second retirement in 2006. In 2010 Libby was recognized with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for voluntary, community and humanitarian service. Libby had an active retirement – volunteering, traveling the world, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She passed away on April 25, 2020 from Alzheimer’s disease.
To honour Libby’s life her family has established the “Elizabeth Pavey English Language Learner Scholarship”, which will be awarded annually to a graduating student from Galt Collegiate Institute, who is/was an English Language Learner and who is pursuing a post-secondary education. Libby was passionate about her students and so proud of what they were able to accomplish after leaving GCI.
To donate to the scholarship fund, please click here and you will be directed to a CanadaHelps webpage where you can select the Elizabeth Pavey English Language Learner Scholarship Fund from the drop down menu. Please include a note on the CanadaHelps page if you would like the Foundation to advise Libby’s family that you have honoured her memory with a donation to this scholarship fund.