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New scholarship created in memory of long-time English instructor Harry Moran

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DAWSON CREEK – Students taking University Arts and Sciences English courses at Northern Lights College will be the beneficiaries of a new memorial scholarship established by the family of Harry Moran.

Moran, a long-time resident of the Peace River area, was the first English instructor hired by NLC in 1975, the same year the College opened. During his 20 years at NLC, Moran taught at the Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John campuses. He died in May 2013.

Educated at Oxford University, Moran moved to Dawson Creek in 1971 to teach as a volunteer at Notre Dame Catholic School. It was here that he met his future wife, Marie O’Brien. They married in 1973 and raised their three children (Tim, Christine, and Andy) in the Dawson Creek area.

Moran is remembered as a kind man with an infectious sense of humour whose love for words was a gift to his students. In addition to his many contributions as an English instructor, he was instrumental in the publication of two creative writing anthologies, Treeline I and Treeline II, published in the 1980s and featuring writers from across northern British Columbia.

“The NLC Foundation is honoured to be asked by Harry’s family to administer this award,” said Donna Kane, executive director of the NLC Foundation. “I knew Harry when he was an English instructor at the College. His love of words was evident in everything he said and wrote. He had the kind of intelligence that saw the value of all words, and this is often where his humour would come in. He could quote the classics and create a limerick in the same breath.”

By celebrating the achievements of future students taking English at NLC, the Harry Moran Memorial Scholarship will honour the memory of a man who inspired excellence in his teaching.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to this award should contact Donna Kane at or 250-784-7613. Cheques can also be made payable to the NLC Foundation and sent to Donna Kane, executive director, NLC Foundation, 11401–8 Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2.