Dr. Malwinder Singh Dhami was already an enthusiastic supporter of the University of the Fraser Valley.
But in summer 2014, he was inspired to support students in a new way – a gift of thanks from the
bottom of his heart.
His elderly father, Ram Singh Dhami, was admitted to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for treatment.
Dr. Dhami spent his days beside his father, and was impressed by the professional and caring attitude of
the nursing staff — some of whom were UFV graduates.
To show his deep gratitude, Dr. Dhami decided to establish an endowment to provide an annual award
to a third-year UFV nursing student who is known for his or her generosity or volunteer/community
“As I observed the nurses giving such good service to my dad, I wanted to give back somehow,” Dr.
Dhami notes. “I decided that the best way would be to create a lasting gift that would help others.”
In allowing his story to be told, Dhami hopes to inspire others to support their local university. And it’s
working. Another donor has stepped forward to add a generous gift to the newly created nursing award.
“I believe in supporting UFV because it is a way of giving back to the whole Abbotsford community.
Education can benefit every person in our community at every level. When the students graduate they
go out and help our community to develop further. And it provides a positive opportunity for all of our
youth. Students are at a time in their life when they are in need of support and I am happy to provide