Memory of Melody Andersson honoured in garden


The memory of beloved Royal Roads University School of Tourism and Hospitality staff member Melody Andersson was honoured this week through the ceremonial planting of a rare species of rhododendron in Hatley Garden with Royal Roads gardeners, and Melody’s friends, co-workers and her husband Arne Andersson present. The ceremony followed the announcement that $5,000 had been raised to establish a student award in Melody’s name.

Master of Arts in Tourism Management Program Head Brian White, who had acquired the seed for the plant 12 years ago on Mount Fan Si Phan in Northern Vietnam, says not only was the rhododendron planted in Melody’s honour but it has also been named after her.

“The listing for the varietal, Rhododendron Crassum ‘Melody Andersson’ Ericaceae, is with the American Rhododendron Society and is presently under way. Melody really loved the gardens, and rhododendrons in particular, and now it is part of our garden’s permanent collection in Melody’s memory.”

Arne called it an amazing tribute and said that Melody would have been pleased.

Melody, who her co-workers remember for exceptional kindness and support to students and other staff, worked at Royal Roads from 2005 until her passing in 2017. She left such an impact on her students that MA in Tourism Management alumni, led by Karma Brophy, organized a fundraising drive to create a student award in Melody’s name. The award will support MA in Tourism Management students inspiring positive change in their communities.

You can contribute to Melody’s award by visiting Royal Roads University’s Canada Helps donation page. Once on the page the instructions are as follows:

  1. Fill in the message box with “Melody Andersson Memorial Fund”
  2. Proceed to forms to provide your information and payment using a credit card or PayPal account

Anyone needing assistance can reach out to Advancement Officer Andrea Boyes by email or at 250-391-2561.