Planting the seeds of legacy

RRU Staff
Janice Waud Loper

Alumna Janice Waud Loper picked up more than just the seed of an idea when she pocketed an acorn while on a visit to Geneva. She established a legacy.

Janice carried the acorn to her first residency in the Master of Arts in Leadership program as a symbol of growth and transformation. Now, that symbol stands for opportunity for new students in the School of Leadership Studies through the Acorn Scholarship established by Janice and her husband as a planned gift.

Janice was a guest speaker at “Leadership and Legacy” at Royal Roads on March 14.  The event invited local donors, alumni, ex-cadets, staff and faculty to learn how people are creating change by using their time, talent and charitable giving to make a difference in their community. Along with Sara Neely of the Victoria Foundation and fellow panelists Scott Grant, Charles Krusekopf and Stephanie Sieber, she shared her insights and perspectives on giving back and connecting to the future.

Janice and her husband have established 15 funds at organizations across the country related to the arts, sports, families, communities and education, including at Royal Roads. “We have had a wonderful and inspiring time planning our legacy. The experience has allowed us to crystallize our values and discuss our life achievements and loves.”

Janice says it’s satisfying to think of others gaining as much from the leadership program as she did. “We know there will be students at Royal Roads for years and years to come who will go through the program like I did, and will feel supported by our gift. It’s a great feeling.”

You can read the full article featuring Janice’s story in the spring 2017 issue of Impact.