Some people lead in such a way that they do not realize they are inspiring others around them. There is no greater example of this than Frank Dolman; he was a teacher, logger, union local president, cowboy, sawmill manager, education researcher, college administrator, writer, teacher trainer, actor, broadcaster, ultralite pilot, motorcycle rider, husband, father, grandfather and congenial observer of the human scene. Frank was an amazing man who lived his life with a sense of joy and contentment, humour and acceptance, always looking for the positive and seeming to find it, even in the face of adversity and challenge.
As a leading advocate for education, Frank worked most of his life in the field of education, first as a teacher and then in the field of Continuing and Adult Education. In 1973, Frank became one of the first permanent employees of the then soon-to-be-formed Fraser Valley College, and then, one of a group who became leaders in the establishment of what is now the University of the Fraser Valley. He stayed with the College until retirement in August 1989, working at what he described as his greatest and most satisfying professional experience. Frank’s passion for learning inspired others, both young and old, to live life with purpose and direction while maintaining a sense of humour and grace.
Our memories of Frank encourage us to find pleasure in every day, to want what we already have, to love life and to live it fully, and to cherish and celebrate our relationships with our families and friends. Although the last few years of Frank’s life were difficult with mounting medical complications and the various indignities of aging, Frank remained positive and content throughout this process. Frank recognized how fortunate he had been, reflected upon the fullness and richness of his many experiences, and the deep joy and love he shared with his family and many friends. Frank’s legacy continues to enrich the lives of our UFV community today. Through the establishment of an award in Frank’s memory, an investment in the life-changing gift of education will continue to show future generations that university admission is achievable.
The Frank Dolman Memorial Endowment Bursary in Continuing Studies
Because Frank showed us how to truly live, we wanted to create a legacy for Frank, who not only embodied character and charisma, but who committed himself to providing students with opportunities to learn and develop. It is only right to honour him by creating the Frank Dolman Memorial Endowment Bursary in Continuing Studies.
In honour of Frank, we encourage you to consider making a donation to support the Frank Dolman Memorial Endowment Bursary in Continuing Studies.