BC Nature provides a $1,500 Rene Savenye Scholarship to a post-secondary student enrolled in a program that contributes to awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment. Deadline for the 2017 Rene Savenye Scholarship is June 2, 2017. We welcome donations specifically for the Rene Savenye Scholarship fund. Use this link and it will take you back to the Home Page, where you can use the Donate through the “support us” button on the left hand side. Please specify in the notes that you would like the monies set aside for the Rene Savenye Fund.
History of Rene Savenye
Rene Savenye, Naturalist and Mentor (October 9th. 1938 – July 26th. 2002) – Rene was born in Holland then came to Canada and grew up in New Westminster. He graduated from UBC with Bachelor of Science degree and became a teacher at Princess Margaret Secondary School in the City of Surrey. Rene taught for 31 years (without missing a day!). Rene married Anne Johnson in 1962 and they had three sons, Mike, Paul and Ed. Rene was a family man and enjoyed taking his family on outdoor excursions.
Rene became a marathoner and competed in several in the 80’s before pursuing his passion – hiking in nature. He became an expert botanist especially on native plants, fossils and mushrooms and was well informed on all matters of natural history. While fossil hunting in the Merritt area, Rene came upon the find of his life; a fossilized bee thought to be between 52 and 54 million years old. He donated the fossil to Simon Fraser University which later went to the Royal BC Museum. There is the possibility the fossil will be named “savenyensis.”
Rene was an enthusiastic contributor to numerous clubs, the North Shore Hikers, Vancouver Natural History Society, Valley Outdoor Club, White Rock and Surrey Naturalists, Surrey Green Timbers Forest advisory committee and the Geological Survey of Canada. Rene mentored a number of organizations at their start up and was always quick to volunteer to lead a nature walk in the community. He was the consummate teacher exhibiting uncommon patience and enthusiasm while explaining the marvels of nature.
Rene passed away doing what he loved. He was taken by lightning while hiking and fossil hunting on Mount Fairview near Lake Louise.