Journalist, broadcaster, and communications expert, Gayle Stewart-Philip was a UBC alumna whose contributions to the university have extended beyond her lifetime, thanks to her generous gift of life insurance.
Gayle earned a BA from the University of British Columbia in 1976 before launching into a career with the Canadian Press and CBC. She later moved into corporate communications and held senior executive positions at several prominent companies.
In 2006, Gayle returned to UBC to pursue a Master’s Degree. After graduating two years later, she was appointed head of UBC’s Olympic Secretariat and worked tirelessly to prepare the Vancouver campus for the Olympic and Paralympic games. As part of her rich volunteer life, Gayle was a dedicated board member of the UBC Alumni Association. She was a key member of the Communications committee, served as co-chair of the Chancellor Nomination Committee, and was elected Vice Chair in 2006.
When Gayle lost her battle with cancer in 2009, friends and family honoured her memory by making donations to the university, which had become so central to her life.
Gayle dedicated her own gift to what was to become the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre where it continues to support programs for community, mentorship and other initiatives she worked hard to foster at UBC.