Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden and Bursary

Saundra Patterson

Remembering Saundra Patterson through a donation to the Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden and Horticultural Bursary

Plans are in the works for a memorial garden in honour of NC’s long-time ‘first lady’ Saundra Patterson who passed away in January 2021. Saundra was not only known as the devoted partner of NC’s former president Dan Patterson – who served 25 years at the College – but as a College supporter in her own right who left an indelible mark on the NC community.

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With your support, we will soon be able to gather in a special garden on our campus, to remember Saundra, a very dear friend of our College community.

The Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden will be completely funded by donors. More than $7,000 has been raised to support the initiative to date, and Carol and David Appel of Niagara-on-the-Lake have generously committed to match every new donation up to $10,000. With the Appel’s gift of $10,000 matched by new donations, the fundraising initiative would be more than halfway to its $50,000 goal.

Donate to the Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden and Bursary

The Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden will be created in the upper courtyard of the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara on the Lake. The garden initiative stems from NC’s School of Environment and Horticulture whose faculty and students – along with staff at its Teaching Greenhouse – have forged a special connection with Saundra over the years.

During the Spring term, students from our horticulture programs will have an opportunity to design the garden as part of their landscape design course, and the winner will be selected by the end of the term. Students are expected to begin the building phase in September and complete the garden by the end of Fall term. By the time the garden is in full bloom, about 150 students will have had their hands in this very special applied learning project.

Dan Patterson with wife Saundra

Make Your Gift

Make your gift here.  Choose Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden and Bursary under Areas of Support on page 2 of the donation form.

Funds raised exceeding the goal for the memorial garden will support student learning through the Saundra Patterson Horticultural Bursary. A tireless supporter of student learning, Saundra contributed to many bursaries for students over the years. She established an endowed bursary fund in 2006, which has disbursed almost $10,000 in bursaries to date.

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