Sunday, October 12, 2008



As you may have heard by now, my brother, Dr. Craig Slimmon, D.V.M., died suddenly on March 19, 2007. It was a tragic death, but we hope to remember and honour Craig through a memorial fund in his name.

Craig was first and foremost a lover of animals. He was also a talented practitioner of his profession, a passionate believer in the importance of rural veterinarians - for the community as well as the economy - a wonderful mentor for new vets, and a valuable colleague here in Canada, as well as in England and Africa.

His passing leaves not just a hole in the hearts of his friends and family but a gap in a profession that is strained almost to the breaking point across Western Canada. We have instituted a bursary fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in honour of Craig. We feel that this is a suitable way of both remembering him and taking up a challenge that he was so committed to in his life.

We hope you will join us in this campaign, both through your donations (see below) as well as by circulating this link to others you think may be able to help. We have parallel campaigns underway among professional colleagues, government agencies, foundations, large and small animal clients of his clinic, as well as others in the livestock industry.

Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary - Donation instructions:

Note: all donations will be recognized with a charitable tax receipt from the University of Saskatchewan.

Giving online: Visit the U Sask donations web page and choose "Other area as specified in comments" from the "My Gift Designated to:" area. Put "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary" in the Comments area.

Giving by post: Please complete the donation form (requires Adobe Acrobat) and mail it along with your credit card information or cheque (payable to the University of Saskatchewan) to: University Advancement, University of Saskatchewan, Room 223, Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7N 5C8, Telephone: 306-966-5186 Toll-free: 1-800-699-1907, Email:

In the section for "I would like my contribution to support", check "other" and write in "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary."

Giving by telephone: Please call University Advancement: Toll free: 1-800-699-1907 . Tell them you want to donate to the "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary."

Craig Slimmon's obituary

Thank you so much!

[Note: In anticipation of her appearance at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa - Oct. 23-26/08 - Tannis Slimmon will be doing a call-in interview on CKCU 93.1 FM's "Iron Maidens" on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at approx. 4:00 p.m. EST, preceded by an in-studio interview with Marie-Josee Houle - - who will be at the NAC 4th Stage on Thursday, Oct. 16/08.]


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