(British Columbia, June 2015) Kathryn Siemens of Victoria, BC, a third year student at the University of Victoria has won a $1000 scholarship from the British Columbia Historical Federation for her essay: “Harry Hastings and the Racial Equality Proposal: Voicing Asian Canadian Concerns and Challenging Anglo-American Ideals”
The judges agreed that a second essay in this category also warranted an award. Michelle Murray, third year student at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, has won a $750 for her essay: “B.C. Container Truckers: Analysing a Contemporary Labour Dispute.”
Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation offers two W. Kaye Lamb Scholarships for student essays relating to the history of British Columbia. A $750 scholarship can be awarded to a student in 1st or 2nd year for an n essay of 1500-3000 words. The $1000 scholarship can be given to 3rd or 4th year student for an essay of 1500-5000 words.
In 2001, the Federation renamed its scholarships in honour of W. Kaye Lamb who was British Columbia’s Provincial Archivist and Legislative Librarian (1934–40), University of British Columbia Librarian (1940–48), Canada’s Dominion Archivist (1948–68) and National Librarian (1953–67). He started the British Columbia Historical Quarterly in 1936 (now British Columbia History magazine), was a founding member of the British Columbia Historical Association and was the author of many history publications about Canada and British Columbia.