On the second anniversary of Abelard alumnus Nicholas Hawkes’s tragic death in a car accident, his family has announced that they have established a memorial endowment in his name at the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity. This is an amazing institution that offers tremendous sustenance to budding and established artists of all kinds.
We encourage you to read the message from Nick’s mother, Cheryl Hawkes, below, and to consider supporting this worthy endowment.
Nick was an amazingly talented writer. His creativity, humour, compassion, insight and love for words shone through. As his family, we’re proud to see his talents honoured into the future.
The money has been seeded and beginning in 2021, our endowment will kick into action, offering financial assistance to an emerging writer in any genre, who wishes to spend time at Banff focussing on a writing project.
There is an added bonus. The federal government recently renewed Canadian Heritage’s Endowment Incentives Program. Under this initiative, Ottawa will contribute 40-60 cents for every dollar donated to Nick’s memorial fund. A charitable donation of $100 to Nick’s endowment actually garners $140-$160.
Should you want to make a gift in Nick’s memory, you can go to the Banff Centre’s website, https://www.banffcentre.ca/support-us/donate . Select ‘Endowment’. Then enter Nicholas Hawkes Cameron Memorial Endowment (or just in memory of Nicholas Cameron).