Remembering Saundra Patterson through the Saundra Patterson Memorial Garden and Horticultural Bursary
By spring 2022, students, staff and visitors will be able to gather in a special memorial garden on our campus to remember Saundra Patterson, Niagara College’s long-time ‘first lady’ who passed away in January 2021. Saundra was not only known as the devoted partner of NC’s former president Dan
Patterson (now President Emeritus) – who served 25 years at the College – but also as a College supporter in her own right who left an indelible mark on the NC community.
Thanks to many generous donors, including Carol and David Appel of Niagara-on-the-Lake who contributed a $10,000 matching-challenge gift, more than $86,000 has been raised to create the garden, and to support students through the Saundra Patterson Horticultural Bursary.
A tireless supporter of student learning, Saundra established this endowed Horticultural Bursary Fund in 2006, which has provided financial support to many NC students over the years. Funds raised exceeding the goal for the memorial garden are being contributed to this Bursary Fund.