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Sarah Grimble Memorial Award
|Occasion:||Deans' Academic Honours and Awards Night|
|Process:||Selection made by the Scholarships and Awards Committee|
|Description:||Awarded to a full-time student from first year who has the highest mark in English 121.|
|Background:||This award is named in memory of Miss Sarah Grimble by her niece, Catherine Innes-Parker and her husband, Kim Ian Parker. Sarah Grimble was the eldest of six children. She was born in 1921, and lived for most of her childhood years in London, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she graduated from Rupert's Land Girls School in Winnipeg, she attended the University of Manitoba for one year aspiring to obtain a degree in English. However, the following year, her sister Mary was ready for university and there were not sufficient funds for both to attend. Sarah felt it was more important for Mary to go to university, so she withdr ew and eventually secured a position with the Royal Bank of Canada, where she worked until she retired. This was typical of the generosity which characterized Sarah's entire life. Sarah was the ideal "maiden aunt," much beloved by her five nieces and one nephew. Sarah lavished love and attention on her family, visiting their homes often and helping out when emergencies struck. Sarah loved children, and for many years was the leader of a cub pack. The London house had a large property, some of which was undeveloped, and she built a campfire circle there for "her boys," to whom she was dedicated. Sarah Grimble died on September 27, 2003, one week before her 82nd birthday. Her last months were spent struggling with illness. Yet, through it all, she remained cheerful, sweet-natured and loving, as she had been through her entire life. She is survived by her two youngest sisters, one nephew, five nieces, and numerous great-nieces and nephews, who will all miss her very much. It is the hope of the family, that this award will help a student in the first or second year of his or her university career, the time at which Sarah had to withdraw from university for financial reasons. The Sarah Grimble Memorial Award is in tribute to her memory and to her life-long generosity.|