Newly created bursary opens doors to study abroad opportunities

  • December 11, 2020

Paul Guiton and Carol Johnson saw first hand the immense value UFV’s Study Abroad  program provided to their granddaughter. Inspired, they, together with their family, established the Caitlin Parray Annual Bursary to celebrate her graduation in a lasting way. The first of its kind, it provides the opportunity for other young people hoping to follow her example and benefit from an international education.

“We believe education takes place, not only in the classroom, but in the world. In times where there seems to be so much misunderstanding and intolerance, 21st century citizens benefit from knowing more about other cultures and other ways of doing things,” says Guiton.

Bitten by the travel bug, Caitlin Parray (BA ’20) knew she needed to see and experience more of the world. To her mind, there was no better way to earn credits toward her degree than living, traveling, and studying abroad. Highlights from her time in Poland included learning the language, learning more about its dark and inspiring history, feeling the warm Polish hospitality from near-strangers, and falling in love with the food and culture, cities and countryside alike.

“The time I spent living in Scotland and Poland has been some of the most memorable and rewarding of my life,” Parray recalls. “To anyone considering but hesitant about studying abroad, I ask you to take a leap of faith. I promise, the experience is worth every penny and you will quickly learn what you are capable of and all that the world has to offer.”

Kara Bertram, UFV’s Global Engagement manager, couldn’t agree more. She has seen countless local students return to Canada enriched with a global perspective.

“We are so thankful to the Guiton family for recognizing the benefits of studying abroad and wanting to help others discover a whole new world! This annual bursary means the realization of a student’s dream to travel, study, and live abroad. No matter how seemingly similar another culture may appear, studying abroad is an opportunity to learn, stumble, share, reflect, and grow.”

To learn more about establishing a named award or to donate to an existing, please contact Christy MacLeod, Senior Advancement Officer, Advancement and Alumni Relations, or 778-288-0253 or visit




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Pictured: Caitlin Parray enjoying the sights of Europe

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