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Dr. Bernard Boisvert: helping future vets

Dr. Bernard Boisvert award

Lyse Boisvert (Bernard's daughter), Halina Boisvert (Bernard's widow), Dr. Germaine Hung (WCVM '10), the first recipient of the Dr. Bernard Boisvert Memorial Scholarship, and WCVM Dean Dr. Douglas Freeman.

Halina Boisvert wanted her late husband to be remembered for what he did during his life. “He had a tremendous thirst for knowledge, and he always wanted to make his little piece of the world a better place.”

Dr. Bernard Boisvert, who graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, operated a successful small animal practice in St. Albert, Alta., for 30 years and was veterinarian for Edmonton’s Valley Zoo. An avid conservator and outdoorsman, he loved his work, and especially enjoyed helping teach his clients about their pets.

After Dr Boisvert’s death in 2009, Halina decided to set up a memorial scholarship to honour his life and work. Clients, friends, and family all contributed generously to the award, which is given annually to a senior student at the WCVM.

Halina understands the challenges veterinary students face. “We went through it, and it gave it us a good life. I wanted to help future generations of veterinarians in my husband’s name,” she says. “I know he would be proud of them.”

The award’s first recipient, Dr Germaine Hung, says that veterinary students appreciate being recognized for the effort and dedication they are putting into their studies. The support of people like the Boisverts helps us achieve our goals and dreams.”

As for Halina, she describes the process of setting up Dr Boisvert’s memorial award as an interesting and rewarding journey: “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

For more information about the Dr. Bernard Boisvert Memorial Scholarship, please visit Scholarships and Bursaries on the WCVM web site.

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