BCIT is saddened by the recent news of the passing of Elder Bob George on September 30.
As BCIT’s very first elder in residence, Bob touched the lives of many students and staff in Aboriginal Services and right across BCIT. All who met him and those who were mentored by Bob remember his big presence, good humour and gentle soul.
Over his ten years with us, Bob provided guidance and inspiration through his natural storytelling ability and love of music. He was a passionate advocate of higher education and BCIT was proud to be able to award him with an honorary Doctorate of Technology in 1999 for his outstanding commitment to teaching.
Friends and colleagues lined up to speak at the special tribute that took place in his honour. Brenda Ireland, the coordinator of the BCIT First Nations program at the time said, “He inspires those around him toward greatness with wisdom, humour, and humility. He has so much experience and wisdom, that every minute spent in his company is an opportunity to learn. To all aboriginal people who know him. Bob is already a professor.” This earned him the affectionate nickname ‘Dr. Bob’.
Bob once said, “You must find a path that is right for you, a path in life where you feel good about yourself, a place where you can study, learn and grow.” Bob’s friends at BCIT remember these words and hold them close to their hearts during this sad time.
Flags at BCIT will be lowered to half-mast at the BCIT Burnaby Campus on Friday, October 3 through October 4 to mark the profound impact Bob made on our community.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Bob’s family and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation at this difficult time.