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Cara Adensamer

$33,999.00 (raised so far)

About Cara Adensamer

Cara’s journey at UBC lasted only one year, having successfully completed her first year of studies. During this time, she excelled in experiencing student life both through her studies at the Sauder School of Business and through her active participation in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. While Cara was exceptionally hard-working and dedicated to her studies, she also found time to help others though her sorority and be a friend to all.

Cara grew up in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver and had many friends who joined her to study at UBC. While at UBC, Cara made new friends through her studies and Panhellenic involvement and touched many lives.

The impact of your support

Cara Adensamer is remembered as a bright young student who excelled academically, was a good friend and support to others, and made it a priority to give back to her community.

Your gift to the Cara Adensamer Memorial Fund will honour Cara’s memory and spirit by helping an undergraduate student to continue the journey that she was unable to complete.

The Cara Adensamer Memorial Award will first be offered in the 2019/2020 academic year to a female undergraduate student entering her second year of the UBC Bachelor of Commerce program at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Preference will be given to a student who is a member of a sorority group and has made a positive contribution to her community.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a special advance award was presented in 2018/2019 to two women who met the award criteria, but also share a personal connection with Cara. This gift is especially significant for the family, as Cara personally knew and was close friends with the recipients, Abigail (Abby) Bothwell and Patricia (Tricia) Tsamis. Both Abby and Tricia share the same values as Cara and are grateful to be receiving this award.


Award Recipients


First year is chaotic. I was lucky enough to find someone who would be by my side no matter what moving out of my home of 17 years had in store. Lots of things felt foreign at UBC, but not Cara. Her dorm room felt like my new little home. She was a source of sister-like stability and an individual who provided unconditional friendship and love no matter what the circumstance. I believe every individual becomes a part of your life for a reason, and I could name a million reasons why I was so lucky to have her in my life when I did. I am so grateful she came to sit with me on the first day of econ 101, and I am so incredibly honored to be carrying her legacy through this award. I hope this scholarship gives young women a glimmer of hope and self-assurance amongst the many challenges they face during their first year at Sauder and in UBC Sororities. Though these future recipients will never know Cara personally, I hope they know what an honor it is to be representing such an astounding individual.


Cara was someone I considered to be one of my closest friends last year and therefore, words cannot describe how special receiving this award is to me. From the first week of classes, Cara was nothing but a caring, generous and supportive friend that I knew was there for me regardless of how busy or stressful her current life was. Being the recipient of Cara’s Memorial Award confirms that I hold and value traits similar to those of Cara’s, which helped shape her into such a strong young woman.

This award has impacted me both inside and outside of university. As I will never forget how hard Cara worked to strive for academic excellence, this award pushes me to put 100% effort into all my school work no matter how difficult it is or how much I feel like giving up.

Additionally, Cara’s positive impact on my life as a friend encourages me to live each day with a more optimistic outlook, teaching me to see the best in every person and situation I am faced with. Although our close friendship was far too short, Cara’s contributions to my life will never be forgotten and will continue to motivate me each day.

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  • Cara was a wonderful friend to me this year, and I am so blessed to have had her in my life for this period. Whether we were studying, sitting in Sauder courses together, or spending time together at ADPi events, my days were always brighter when I was around Cara. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

    Natalie Pretty, Friend
  • It was amazing getting to know Cara this year. Even though we had just met in Alpha Delta Pi, it felt like we had known each other forever. In university, it's hard to find someone who shared the qualities that Cara did, She always made sure that she sent that text to make sure you knew she cared and spoiled anyone and everyone with compliments. Whether it was getting ready for formals, catching up in meetings or just meeting up to vent, Cara made such a positive impact on my day. I can truly say that I was blessed to call Cara Adensamer a good friend. A soul that brought so much positivity and love, she will live in our hearts forever.

    Imran Rai, Friend
  • I thank god for every day I had to spend with Cara. She put up with living with me through our last year of high school and it made all the difference. Through the worst times that I thought would never end Cara was always there and always standing up for me. When I felt like everyone had turned their back on me and given up, Cara was there hugging me and letting me cry all over her shoulder. She was the funniest, sweetest, smartest and most hard working person that I have ever had the gift of knowing. Without her I don’t know where I would be, even with having her own stuff going on she pulled me out of a fast paced downward spiral, she came with me to classes, to meals, to sport even when no one else would talk to me. She was a truly amazing friend and impossibly patient roommate. I’ll miss you forever.

    Caroline Holmes, Friend
  • I had the privilege of getting to know Cara during her time at Brentwood. She was always an amazing friend to everyone around her, putting in time to check in with people and doing everything possible to help anyone that needed it. She was kind, smart and incredibly funny, always bringing a smile to the faces of people that needed it most. Although the time I got to spend with Cara was short, I am so incredibly grateful that I got to have a friend as amazing as her.

    Brianne Pavlis, Friend
  • Cara was always my go-to friend when I needed to go to someone for comforting. She was always the most understanding, non-judgmental, and caring person I've ever met. She could immediately get me out of my bad mood with her quick wit and sarcasm, because her sense of humour was really one of a kind and you never knew what she was going to say next. She hugged me when I cried, she held my hand when I got my tattoos, and laughed with me when we (re)watched all the seasons of Friends. I'll miss your hilarious road rage, our spontaneous adventures, our board game tournaments, your infectious laugh, and your beautiful smile. Love you forever, my girl.

    Maddy Twocock, Friend
  • Our family first met Cara when she was three years old in preschool. That year, our daughter, Adrienne, met her best friend, our son, Julien, his second "sister", and Robert and myself, our second "daughter". Cara had a beautiful heart, an amazing wit and sense of humour, insatiable curiosity about everything, and a deep commitment to being an incredible friend and "family member" to us all. We will never forget Cara. We will always treasure our memories of the time we spent together and the lessons we learned from her.

    Carolyn and Robert Hicks, Friend
  • When I think about Cara, I think back to spending countless weekends at her house playing dress up, lip synching the words to ridiculous songs, and waffle breakfasts with the Truss and Adensamer families. Looking at photos from our France trip, I know we would now laugh at our fashion choices and at how cool we thought we were. Even though we grew apart as we got into the craziness of high school, I’m so grateful for all the time I got to spend with Cara and lucky that I have so many hilarious and special memories with her.

    Cassie Truss, Friend
  • In the short time I got to know Cara, she was undeniably a light in everyone's life she entered. She adored others, and was instinctively thoughtful and selfless towards what appeared to be those in all areas of her life. Though I only knew her during her time in ADPi, I am unbelievably lucky to have had a sister and friend as passionate as her, and am grateful for all our memories. I know that I am able to do nothing but remember her and her lighthearted, loyal and thoughtful self. She will always be with us.

    Liv Thompson, Friend
  • Cara is a very lovely girl and I love her as a friend. She is a amazing person, kind, and very helpful person. Cara is a very responsible person and she never gives up. She always smiles and likes getting along with others. We had a great time working at Summer at ST. George’s together. She is one of the best Rec Leaders better then me I would give her a 10/10 for lots of hard work effort for it I’m so proud of her that she’s a wonderful sweet girl. I will miss Cara as always friends forever. You are a good friend Cara I really appreciate you helping me while I was having a hard time as a Rec Leader and I would want to say thanks. I will never forget you Cara. I received my black belt from March and I’m hoping that you are proud of me I will always work hard for you. Marcus Wang UBC Third Year Student

    Marcus Wang, Friend
  • Thank you for being Robbies "first" little sister until I came along, and making sure he was a good big brother. You are the "big" sister I never had, and will always be my inspiration. I loved you from the first day I met you and always wanted to be just like you. I will always cherish the memories of growing up with you, and you will forever be in my heart.

    Andi and Robert Jones, Cousins
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