The Davies Family Arts International Internship Award was established in 2013 by Patricia Davies (BA'42) and her family to help support one or more undergraduate students to gain firsthand international experience related to their fields of study. Administered through the Dean's Office in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office, this award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their internship. This award is part of the McGill International Experience Awards initiative. For more information, click here.
Comments at the McGill Faculty of Arts Internship Dinner, Montreal, September 27, 2017
"I came to McGill in the fall of 1969 to study for a Master’s degree in Social Work, and so spent two years at Wilson Hall. After I graduated in 1971, I went to England to work and joined a professional association there. I’ve lived in Ontario since 1973 and have been a member of the provincial professional social work association ever since. I’ve always considered it a moral obligation to belong to one’s professional association. I have a scratch pad the association put out recently. At the top it says 'Social Workers: Making a Difference'.
Making a difference is what giving to the Internship Program is all about. McGill helped me make a difference to peoples’ lives during my career as a social worker It has also helped other family members who received McGill degrees: my wife, two of my children, my son-in-law, a cousin, my aunt and uncle, my parents - dad would not have been able to attend McGill without a scholarship; mum, if she were still alive, could have attended her 75th reunion this year - and my grandfather, who received a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1916 and later made a difference to students in his role as a McGill professor of engineering.
I think that supporting the “family university” (eleven of us are graduates) seems the right thing to do. Setting up our family international internship fund was a golden opportunity to help current students make a difference to people in the communities where they spent their summers: Margot in Bolivia, Madeleine in Switzerland, Margaret in India, Isabel in Cuba, Hannah in Uganda and this year Kyana in India.
The reports we get and the stories we hear at the annual event clearly show how they have made a difference and that’s our motivation to give. Our world needs all the help it can get and supporting the Internship Program at McGill is something we can do and we are glad to help students make a difference, one or two at a time.
Gary Davies, MSW’71