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YHS Foundation

Upholding Not For Ourselves Alone
The purpose of the YHS Foundation is to provide and maintain perpetual funding for York House students.
The York House School Foundation was established in 1976 with $5,000 and, at the time of its 40th anniversary in 2016, surpassed $10 million in endowment funds—now the endowment funds are valued at just over $15 million. 

The YHS Foundation is the cornerstone of the school's motto, Not For Ourselves Alone. Every year, the YHS Foundation awards the only five-year, financial need-based scholarship in British Columbia to a talented Grade 8 student and provides confidential financial aid to York House School families.

As a result, exceptional students have graduated from York House who never could have attended our school without financial support. For families with short-term financial difficulties, the YHS Foundation provides assistance that enables students to continue at the school and participate in extracurricular activities. As one of the school's most important financial resources, the YHS Foundation grows through your gifts to planned giving and the annual giving fund.

What the YHS Foundation Does

The purpose of the YHS Foundation is to provide and maintain perpetual funding for the benefit of York House students. We provide and maintain funding for scholarships, financial aid, school awards, education program enhancement, and special projects.

With the support of the YHS Foundation, York House is able to enroll capable students who might not otherwise be able to attend or continue at the school. The Foundation is currently supporting 21 students through scholarships and financial aid. The talents and abilities of these students enrich our school community.

The YHS Foundation is incorporated under the Societies Act (BC) and is a registered charitable organization under the Income Tax Act (Canada). The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Trustees.

Continued growth of our endowment funds is essential for enhancing the school's education programs and providing financial assistance to some of our students. Contributions to the YHS Foundation can be made through the online donations page.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will help Yorkies not just today, but for many generations to come.

Trustees of the YHS Foundation

Margot Keate West '93, Chair
Kim Abbott, Treasurer
Lindsay Forbes '96, Governance Chair
Catharine McGavin Jacobsen '82, Trustee
Gina Macdonald '90, Trustee
Michelle Ostrow '89, Trustee

Mike Hudson, YHS Board Representative
Joanne Lee-Young '90, YHS Board Chair
Deryn Lavell, Head of School
The standards of the criteria of any of our scholarships must be maintained throughout the scholarship years. For additional information, please contact the Director of Enrollment Management at 604.730.2419 or [email protected].


In its 90-year history, York House School has achieved an outstanding record of educating students and developing exceptional citizens. In a continuing effort to ensure that York House provides a wide range of talented individuals with opportunities for the best education, the York House School Foundation offers a number of full and partial scholarships.

The amount of investment to establish a named endowment fund depends upon its purpose. More information regarding the requirements to establish an endowment fund may be obtained by contacting Nik Williams-Walshe, Executive Director of Advancement, at [email protected]. The York House School Foundation provides stewardship for the endowment and monitors the growth of its existing funds and looks forward to the creation of new endowment funds that would help to enhance York House School.