Sad news — Fay Hyndman has passed away: UFV memorial on Jan 27

Many of us at UFV will be saddened to learn that Fay Hyndman, who retired from UFV in 2009 after coordinating UFV’s Writing Centre for many years, passed away Jan 10, 2017, after graciously facing cancer.

Fay began her work at Fraser Valley College in 1987, following careers as a high-school teacher and flight attendant. Fay was one of the two initial hires, along with Diane Griffiths, in the newly minted Writing Centre in 1989.

Fay contributed significantly to institutional work, including co-chairing JCAC for many years and serving on Arts Heads, the Research Advisory Committee, and the Student Appeals Committee. Fay was co-editor of the scholarly journal Technostyle (now Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing) from 2002 until her retirement.

Perhaps Fay’s most enduring legacy lives on through the countless students she generously mentored in academic and professional writing in the Writing Centre. As many of you know directly, Fay’s support also extended to many others at UFV, through her mentoring, friendship, committee contributions, scholarly work, and collegiality.

Fay was deeply devoted to her sons and her grandchildren, and her husband Doug, who passed away in 2001. Fay was a proud mother to David (wife Lisa, and grandchildren Hugh and Claire), and to Tim (Krystal). Fay also leaves behind in Australia devoted sisters Barbara and Heather and their spouses Jeff and Jim, and many nephews and nieces.

Fay had  a giving heart — her kind generosity has helped provide funding for roughly 15 students through the Doug Hyndman Memorial Endowment Scholarship in Aviation. This gift will continue to touch other UFV students moving forward because she had the foresight and wisdom to grow it into an endowment.  That endowment has now grown large enough to generate a $1,000 scholarship annually.

Please join us in honouring Fay’s life and contributions to UFV on Fri, Jan 27 between 12 and 1:30 in F125. If you cannot attend and you wish to drop off a card or pass on condolences for David and Tim, please contact Gloria Borrows at, extension 4237.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Nolte at