Emily Carr University of Art and Design has established the Yaxkasei (William Callaghan) Memorial Award Endowed Fund. The award will be given to an Emily Carr student of Aboriginal ancestry wishing to enroll in a credit summer program course. The award will directly cover the cost of the student’s tuition and any remaining amount may be used for materials and supplies.
Yaxkasei, whose name means “can see a long way” was a third year Emily Carr student at the time of his tragic passing. Yaxkasei touched many lives in his short 33 years, including his four nephews, and was a beloved mentor and leader to Aboriginal students. Long-time Emily Carr community members Gaye Fowler and John Wertschek have established this award in honour of their friendship and respect for William “Yaxkasei” Callaghan, and Emily Carr University matched their contribution.