Village donates $50,000 to Selkirk College
Sunshine Village Ski and
Snowboard resort in Banff, Alberta, donated
$50,000 in 2011 towards scholarships for students graduating from Selkirk
College’s Ski Resort Operations and Management program (SROAM).
contribution is the largest single donation in the SROAM program’s 30-year
funds will provide incentives and support for our students for years to come,”
said Selkirk College
Chair Bob Falle.
donation underpins an endowment fund for annual scholarships for two top
academic students graduating from the program. One of the students must prove
main residency in Alberta to qualify for the scholarship.
Ralph Scurfield, principal
owner, President and CEO of Sunshine Village, is pleased
to support the students. “Many of our employees have completed Selkirk’s SROAM
program,” Scurfield said. “And we also provide current students with work
placements. The program strengthens the ski industry as a whole, so it makes
sense for us to support the college in this way.”
said the relationship between Selkirk and Sunshine has always been mutually
beneficial. “Sunshine Village has been a
strong backer of our program from Day 1. In fact, I still have a letter of
support on file from 1979 that former general manager John Gow wrote. He saw
the need to create a program for aspiring ski area managers and this was his
way of reinforcing our initiative.”
The unique two-year diploma program offered at
Selkirk College’s Tenth Street campus in Nelson, B.C., offers a business
program core with ski resort specific courses such as: Ski Area Risk
Management, Slope Grooming Operations, Ski Lift Functions, Snowmaking, Ski Area
Planning, Rental Shop Operations, Ski Patrol Operations, Special Events and
Snow School Management.