Alumna's legacy will support SAIT students long into the future
Planned giving and memorial awards exist for a very important reason and Karin Simpson knew that.
Karin, who died in October 2014 after a long illness, named SAIT owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy and she has created a legacy that will help SAIT students long into the future. Karin made her personal commitment to SAIT back in 1997 after she had a serious brush with death. She was on her daily commute to Calgary. A car merging onto the freeway hit some ice, lost control and hit her car. She was sent flying and ended up; she was told later, rolling her car twice before it came to a stop against a pole. She had no memory of the accident but her brush with death prompted her to “put her house in order” which included a planned gift to SAIT. It included a portion for the SAIT Opportunities Fund and portion for a student award.
Karin, who graduated in Business Administration in 1985, credited much of her professional success to her SAIT education. "So much of what I have resulted directly from my time at SAlT,” said Karin who worked as a controller for a retail chain of stores. I was older when I decided to go back to SAlT. It was tough leaving the paycheque and the job, but I wasn't going to get beyond where I was at work without further education. SAlT had what I was looking for."
While at SAIT, Karin was active in student government and as an alumna after graduation. She was also very active as a volunteer in Airdrie where she helped on many municipal boards and volunteered for organizations such as the Friends of the Airdrie Library Society and Alberta’s public radio station CKUA. She was extremely proud of her work helping to bring the 2014 Alberta Summer Games to Airdrie. She was given the “Soul of Airdrie” volunteer award shortly before she died.
Karin’s family has long supported SAIT. Her mother’s estate established the David Erhardt Memorial Student Award in honour of her brother. Karin helped carry out her mother’s wishes after her brother David died suddenly in 2005 when he was just 44. He was a master electrician and held a SAIT diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology.
The award in Karin’s name will be presented to a Business or Hospitality student annually plus a portion of the insurance policy's proceeds will support educational programs through the SAIT Opportunities Fund. The annual Dave Erhardt Memorial Award provides a student in Electrical Engineering Technology Program with a $1,160 scholarship. These planned gifts will recall the memory of exemplary SAIT graduates and will benefit SAIT and its students for generations to come.