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Memorial Giving

Memorial gifts may acknowledge a much admired professor; recognize an individual who impacted a life; memorialize a student or colleague; or honour a loved one.

Donations collected through memorial funds are awarded to students as scholarships, bursaries or academic awards.

A gift notification will be sent to the individual or family member specified at the time of giving and donors will receive a tax receipt.

For more information contact Denise Lach at 905-815-4299, or

To make a memorial donation for someone not listed below please click here.


John Beirne


John Beirne

The John Beirne Memorial Bursary has been established to support a student in Sheridan’s Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry program. John was a member of and loved the community of people behind the scenes that make theatrical magic happen.

John Beirne was a proud member of IATSE Local 58 stagehands’ union, and worked in theatres and arenas from the early 1980s through his untimely passing in 2018. Working in all of Toronto’s major theatres, he also toured Canada with “The Phantom of the Opera,” North America with “The Buddy Holly Story” and North America and Japan with “Fosse”. In recent years, he worked primarily at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, for the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.

John was the definition of mensch. Every time a new piece of equipment arrived, he was the first to read the manual, and was there to help anyone using it. He had pins in his forearm as a result of an accident that occurred when he was protecting a co-worker from being injured. An avid runner, he completed several marathons and Iron Man competitions, once stopping mid race and abandoning his pace to help another runner, accompanying him the many hours to the finish line. Beloved by the Toronto theatre community, an extensive family on two continents, and his runners’ club, John and his “Keep Smiling” mantra are dearly missed. John would be pleased that his family and friends have come together in his memory to help support a Sheridan Tech student in pursuit of their dream.


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 Tom wilcox

Tom Wilcox

The Tom Wilcox Memorial Award has been established in memory of Tom Wilcox, who contributed over 20 years to Sheridan as a technologist, specifically devoting his skill and enthusiasm to Design students in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD). The award will support a student in FAAD who demonstrates excellence in technology. 

In addition to being a long-standing Sheridan employee, Tom was a graduate of Sheridan’s Applied Photography program. He served as Steward, VP Communications, President and Occupational Health & Safety Representative of OPSEU Local 245 and was elected to the CAAT Pension Plan Joint Committee where he served the sector. Tom was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking. 

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 John Sabourin


John "Snappy" Sabourin 

John Sabourin attended the Technical Production Program at Sheridan College, and celebrated that community environment – with those both offstage and on. He sewed costumes and built scenery with equal zeal, but thrived while working up in the grid. A champion of both the underdog and an impossible challenge, “Snappy” emerged as a natural leader and gifted teacher, and spread his enthusiasm for stagecraft and music throughout North America. With his singular blend of humour and kindness, he seemed to be the soul-mate of every person he ever met.

Your gift to the John Sabourin Memorial Award will contribute to an award which will be presented to a deserving student for outstanding achievement in technical production, and who exemplifies Sab’s infallible inclusive spirit.

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