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Evan Smith

$71,045.00 (raised so far)

About Evan Smith

In his 18 years, Evan lived a life of great spirit and drive.  His insatiable curiosity and passion for science as well as a love of the great outdoors led him to pursue Engineering through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

His family, friends and the community at large are devastated by his sudden and tragic death in Sept 2021.  He will be remembered with full yet broken hearts.

Evan had a thirst for adventure and took on challenges with persistent determination.  He was an avid rock climber, camper and hiker.  An experienced paddler, he relished the opportunity to canoe up the Missinaibi River to Moosonee Ontario, followed by a dip in the frigid waters of James Bay.

Through his involvement with Scouts Canada he served the community in countless ways, including helping those in need during the holidays and cleaning up parks and conservation areas.

He fostered his passion for drumming and successfully completed the Regional Arts Music Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.

Though he left the comfort and familiarity of his family, friends and home in Ontario, he chose to broaden his horizons and pursue Engineering at UBC.

We believe that he was truly happy at UBC and that gives us some solace.  In a few short weeks, he had made incredible friends in residence and was excited to participate in his first design project.

Above all, he made an indelible mark on everyone he met with his positive attitude, playful competitiveness, hearty laugh, kindness and “down to earth” demeanor.  He was an award-winning student, loyal friend and a wonderful son and brother.

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The impact of your support

To honour Evan’s memory, his family would like to help nurture the love of science and technology. Your gift will go towards supporting students in the Faculty of Applied Science through the Evan Smith Memorial Fund, with final decisions on award descriptions and student eligibility being made in consultation with the Smith family.

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  • Happy belated 20th, Evan

    a friend
  • I was lucky enough to spend three years of my life alongside Evan through our final years of high school. There wasn’t a single time I saw him not smiling. His warm-heartedness and humour would light up every single room he entered… My favourite memories with Evan always happened on stage or in the band room at school. I will always remember how during our concerts he would do everything he could to make me laugh while we were on stage performing… admittedly, it often worked… we would always get in trouble for talking during rehearsals (sorry Mr. Jones…) Our silly antics were just never ending. He was one of the smartest and most talented person I’ve ever met. And though I would never of admitted it then, he was a way better percussionist than I was and will ever be… I will be forever grateful for the time we were able to have together but I will miss you more than you could ever imagine Evan.

    Bailey McLean , Friend
  • Evan's passion for chemistry was evident in every lesson, every lab and every discussion that was had. That spark in his eyes and that grin flashed when he had "Eureka" moments. During one particular class, Evan found inspiration in the history and development of the atom. He was absolutely amazed at how chemistry, physics and mathematics came together to complete the present day model. Evan stayed after class and said, "Wow, I never looked at the atom or chemistry in this manner. This is what I want to do, this is what I want to study. I am so excited!". So proud of you Evan - you fulfilled your dream of going to UBC. Your legacy will live on in all the students who will benefit from this memorial fund. Sadly missed but never forgotten.

    Jane Chan Singh, Chemistry Teacher
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  • The Dambrowitz Family


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  • K. Henricus

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  • Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church

  • Galen Woodburn

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