Ryan Cathers Memorial Award


This endowment remembers and honours an outstanding student, special friend, community volunteer, and an exceptional ornithologist – Ryan Cathers. Ryan was a Bachelor of Science student from 2010-2014, majoring in Biology and specializing in ecological sciences. Ryan was one of the most active volunteers with the VIU Bird Banding Project, and a leader in Nanaimo’s birding community. He was always keen to learn, with a positive outlook and a wonderful sense of humour. This $1,500 annual scholarship will be awarded to a 3rd or 4th year VIU Biology student, with career goals or interests in ecology and natural history, including ornithology. The scholarship is awarded to a student in recognition of community and/or university volunteer excellence, and who shares Ryan’s passion and curiosity for natural history. 

Award Recipients