The Lori Sheppard Memorial Fund was created in December of 2006 and is held in trust by the Vancouver Foundation. Lori was an impassioned advocate who embraced life. She was active in campaigns for the United Way, CNIB and the 20/20 Foundation. She was the founder and Executive Director of PAWS International and worked tirelessly to establish the Biannual Guide Dog Conference which is hosted by the charity she founded. Lori was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as a child and she became totally blind at the age of twenty-seven. She passed away November 12, 2005 from complications of diabetes and heart disease.
Her tenacity and capacity to bring the community together to assist other persons and organizations in need was her hallmark. The Lori Sheppard Memorial Fund was created by her friends, family and community members to both commemorate her spirit and provide support to individuals who possess great passion yet face significant barriers.
The fund may be accessed by individuals with legal blindness or fragile health resulting from diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other disabling health conditions. Applicants are to reside in British Columbia and be over the age of sixteen. The grant may be utilized for payment of tuition fees, professional fees, purchase of adaptive equipment or to support costs linked with the creation of a home business.
Application Date: July 15th of each year
Application Process: Submit a letter of request and reference letter describing one’s personal goals and the proposed use of the grant. Applications may be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail: PAWS for Independence Association c/o Wendy Galt, 13488 235 Street, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2W3
The selection committee is comprised of, The Chair and Treasurer of PAWS for Independence and Jeff West.
The successful applicant will be notified by August 15th of each calendar year.