043: The Dave Dougan Citizenship Bursary


1 @ $500


After 10 years as principal at Bench Elementary School, Dave Dougan, ended his 37 year long teaching career in SD79 in December 2013. Never was there a principal more loved and appreciated than Mr. Dougan.  His commitment to the Bench motto of ‘Be reponsible, Be respectful & Be positive’ was evident in everything he did. He lead by example, modeling this motto of good citizenship by treating every child in the school with the same patience, respect and honesty that he did the teachers and the parents.

The Dougan Family have a long history with Bench school.  It was the first school built between Victoria and Nanaimo in 1872.  It was attended in the 1870’s by Dave Dougan’s grandfather, in the 1920’s by his father, in the 1990’s by his own children, and then was the place in which he chose to end his esteemed career in 2013.  This bursary was established both to honour this history and to inspire future leaders to become the kind of good citizen Mr. Dougan role modeled so well.

A ‘good citizen’ is defined as a person of action, one who takes initiative to contribute to the well-being and betterment of society; a role model for their peers.


The applicant must:

  • Write an essay telling how you have been respectful, been responsible and been a positive influence on your community since your elementary school days at Bench Elementary.  Please limit your essay to one page if at all possible.
  • Include your aspirations for the future in your cover letter.


The applicant must:

  • Provide a signed declaration confirming years attended at Bench Elementary. This form is available from the Counselling Office.
  • The bursary will be awarded to the student with the most well-rounded lifestyle; committed to their studies but also including non-academic interest and community involvement.
  • The bursary will be awarded to the successful candidate once proof of enrollment in any post-secondary institution is submitted to the Bench Parent Advisory Council.


Special application form it not required.