Award commemorates late KPU instructor

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

The accounting faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the Surrey, Langley, North Delta chapter of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) have announced the David Sale Endowed Memorial Award.

The $20,000 endowment award was established in memory of David Sale, a dedicated accounting instructor at KPU, where he taught for 28 years. He was the Chair of the Accounting Department for six years. He also served on the CGA (Certified General Accountants) Board of Governors. Sale passed away in 2017.


“David Sale’s legacy lives on through our outstanding Accounting program,” says Stephanie Howes, dean in the school of business at KPU. “He was most instrumental in laying the foundation of quality and excellence in the program we deliver today.”


KPU accounting instructor Laura Dallas spearheaded the creation of the award as Sale was her best friend and she was the executor of his estate.


“This scholarship means so much to me as I know his legacy will now live on for a long time at KPU,” she says. “Because the scholarship is here I feel he will be remembered and respected for a long time to come.”


At a ceremony on the Surrey campus, a plaque written by Dallas and dedicated to Sale was unveiled along with the new award. Sale’s daughter, Rhea Sale, who crossed the stage at KPU a few weeks after her father passed away, was officially presented with her diploma in accounting as well.


Plaque of David Sale, KPU accounting instructor


“The family would like to thank all those at CPABC and KPU for their efforts in making this endowment fund come to life. David valued education and learning and it is an honour to have this fund established in his name,” says the Sale family in a statement.


The KPU accounting faculty raised $5,000 for the award which the university matched with $5,000.


“The chapter has pledged $10,000 towards the David Sale Endowment Fund which will support a perpetual scholarship for a deserving accounting student attending KPU who has the intent to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant program,” says Carl Markwart, vice-chair of the CPABC Surrey, Langley, North Delta chapter.


The total combined contribution of $20,000 will result in a $1,000 annual award for an accounting student in their third or fourth year at KPU.

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CPABC Surrey, Langley, North Delta chapter along with the Sale family and KPU accounting faculty