Minerva BC’s Education Awards program helps women pursue post-secondary education and create a better future for themselves, their families and communities.

The awards are made possible by the generosity of donors and educational institutions in BC who believe in the importance of education for future success. The benefits to these women are immediate and long-lasting. 

Michelle Pockey Leadership Award

As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world. A winner of the Influential Women in Business Award in 2016, Michelle worked tirelessly for 20 years advancing women in business, law, First Nations and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration to others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in 2016.

To help support Michelle’s legacy and advance other women in leadership, Business in Vancouver and Minerva BC, proudly supported by Vancity, have partnered to recognize this exceptional female leader with the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award.

This award gives priority to an Indigenous woman and or single parent, and second priority to women pursuing law, justice, Indigenous or environmental studies. The Award is intended to support the successful nominee’s tuition, housing or childcare in the pursuit of post-secondary education.

The Award and a $5000 bursary was presented at Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Awards in March 2022. Melissa McKay, a single mother to identical twin girls, is the recipient of the $5,000 Michelle Pockey Leadership Award 2022. Christina Pierre and Cora McIntosh each received $1,000 awards. More about the 2022 winners here.  

Minerva BC Champions Awards

The Minerva BC Champions Awards honour the following individuals and their families, who have made women’s education part of their legacy: Jocelyn Bourassa, Jacqueline Frewin, Thomas Kinloch, Janet Fleck Ladner, Randy Sung, The Harrison/Buitenhuis Family, and The Rix Family. Current awards include:

  • UBC Applied Science (Engineering + Nursing)
  • BCIT Women in Trades
  • TRU Women in Trades
  • Douglas College Women in STEM
  • SFU Graduate Studies
  • UNBC Business Studies

We partner with post-secondary institutions to administer the awards and maximize the investment of our donors. To apply for a Minerva BC Champions Award, please contact the Financial Aid or Awards office at the institution where the award is held.

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Minerva BC is a Vancouver-based charity that is
dedicated to advancing the leadership of women and girls.

Our office is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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