"Our philanthropic community of parents, alumni, staff, and friends has given us the confidence and strength to respond to the crises of 2020 with innovation, progress and growth. Now, as Headmaster Lamont points out, we find ourselves in an unprecedented position of strength. You, our supporters, have made all of this possible and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
~Greg Stevenson, Executive Director, Advancement & Community Engagement
Gifts by credit card can be made on our website, or by calling our advancement office at 250-743-6235. Alternatively, donors can complete the giving form located in the Annual Fund Brochure and mail it to one of the addresses above.
Gifts-in-Kind: Special gifts-in-kind may be considered on an individual basis. The gift must provide value to one of the School’s programs. Tax receipts can currently only be provided for Canadian gifts. For gifts valued at more than $1,000, an independent third-party appraisal must be provided from a qualified professional.
For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at 250-743-6235.
Gifts of Stock and Appreciated Securities: While cash donations receive a receipt for the full amount of the gift, securities offer an additional advantage in that donors receive both a receipt for the full current value of the appreciated securities, and an exemption from capital gains taxes on the amount of the appreciation. This can be a significant advantage over a direct donation of cash.
To make a gift of securities, please contact Rudy Massimo directly at 250-743-6290.
Many companies will match gifts made by an employee, employee spouse, retiree or director. Donors should check with their company's Human Resources department to see if the employer matches gifts, and obtain a matching gift form to mail in with their donation.
Legacy giving to Shawnigan can be tailored to your own unique financial circumstances. Your advisor, lawyer or tax planner can help you find the way that works best for you and your family.
There are many ways to make a legacy gift.
Bequests: Naming Shawnigan as a beneficiary of your Will can, when properly planned, reduce the rate at which your estate is taxed. You may make a charitable bequest of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate after planning to care for your family and friends.
Life Insurance: A gift of life insurance is a simple and straight forward way to make a commitment now that allows for a significant gift in the future. You also receive a charitable tax receipt for the premium payments.
Charitable Gift Annuities: Charitable gift annuities enable you to make an immediate gift to Shawnigan and receive guaranteed income for life.
Charitable Remainder Trusts and Gifts of Residual Interest: You and other beneficiaries can receive income for life or for a set number of years. Donors will receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction, immediate income and relief from tax on capital gain. When the trust expires, the assets remaining in trust go to support the mission of Shawnigan Lake School.
Gifts of Shares: If you own publicly traded securities (ie. stocks, bonds, mutual fund units or shares) that have appreciated in value, it may be advantageous to donate them directly to Shawnigan, rather than cashing them and making a donation. Why? If you donate the securities directly to Shawnigan, you don’t pay capital gains on the appreciated value of the shares, and you receive a charitable tax receipt for the value of the shares.
Originally hailing from Sherbrooke, Quebec, where he attended Bishop's College School and McGill University, Greg has lived on Vancouver Island for over 20 years. Since competing for seven years on Canada's national rowing team, including the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, he has worked in the fields of education, amateur sport and youth development. Greg works to ensure that Shawnigan's current Canada- and US-based parents are connected to the school community, and he leads efforts to raise important operating funds through the Annual Fund each year. Greg's son, Dakota, a current Shawnigan student, is an enthusiastic participant in rowing, hockey, rugby, Lonsdale's House and the Modern Music Ensemble.
Originally from a coal mining village in Wales, Rhodri completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, Wales, and his post graduate teaching degree at Exeter University, England. He taught biology and chemistry in England and in Wales before emigrating to Canada in 1984. His first eight years in Canada were at St Michael's University School, Victoria, where he was a housemaster and a science teacher. Rhod and his family came to Shawnigan in 1993 where he very happily ran Ripley's House for 17 years. During his tenure at Ripley's, he taught science and ran the rugby program. After house directing he moved into administration where he oversaw tone and discipline at the school. Rhod is now involved with the gap and intern program, Alumni Relations and Admissions. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Gaynor, who runs the Admissions team at the school. They have two sons, Dafydd (Ripley's '08) and Owain (Ripley's '09). In his spare time, Rhod enjoys hiking and pottering around the garden.
Hilary recently returned to the Advancement Office at Shawnigan after a 20-year hiatus. During those intervening years, Hilary, along with wife Patty, created a successful artisan cheese-making facility with two separate retail outlets in Cowichan Bay and Victoria. Now that he's back, Hilary is excited by the opportunity to grow the Legacy Gift program at Shawnigan. He looks forward to engaging those who will consider making a legacy gift that will enable future deserving students to attend Shawnigan, regardless of means.
Jeannie was born and raised on Salt Spring Island and, after many years of city life including a recent stint in Europe, she and her family answered the call of the islands and returned to the region. During her career she has worked in administrative roles in many industries, most significantly in human resources for a medical school. Jeannie's post-secondary education is in human resources, intercultural studies and marketing. In her spare time she enjoys travelling with her family, puttering in her garden and reading.
Director of Hockey; Head Hockey Coach Prep, External Relations Associate
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.