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Joseph T.A. Lee Bequest

Funding for District Initiative Grants is made possible through the interest earned on a $320,000 bequest from the estate of the late Joseph T.A. Lee, who passed away in 2009.

Joseph Lee

Joseph T.A. Lee (1918-2009)


Born 1918 in Nanaimo, of immigrant Chinese parents, Mr. Lee attended school in Nanaimo and was president of his high school student council. Instead of remaining in Nanaimo with his family's grocery business, he chose to attend the University of British Columbia to study engineering. He pursued graduate studies in architecture in the US and became a successful architect in Ann Arbor and Professor of Architecture at The University of Michigan School of Architecture & Urban Planning. After retiring from teaching, he was named Professor Emeritus of Architecture for his many contributions to the University and the Ann Arbor community.

Professor Lee believed strongly in the value of education and made provision in his will to pass on his love of learning to students at Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.

Schools can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for projects that instil student leadership, community development, and social responsibility.

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