Dawn Janelle Gugler (1969-1996) was a volunteer, member of OPIRG Guelph’s Forestry Working Group and served as a member of our Board of
Directors from November 1993 to November 1995. Some highlights of her work was the establishment of OPIRG
Guelph’s still enacted Harassment Policy and work with our Provincial Network.
Dawn had travelled extensively through Europe and Africa, moving to Australia as an exchange student with her
partner, Perry Rath. Tragically, while near Norseman in Western Australia, Dawn was killed in a car accident on
13 October 1996.
Dawn had a strong sense of community. She was drawn to the supportive environment at OPIRG and she shared
her wisdom, her humor, and her attentiveness to people and the moment.
The earnings from the Dawn Gugler Trust allows for OPIRG Guelph to offer two awards annually to members for skills development. Being able to further members’ education and skills
for use in the community is a fitting tribute to Dawn’s life.
What is the Dawn Gugler Trust?
The Trust is a charitable endowment whose earnings fund the Dawn Gugler Activist Training Award. The Trust was established early in 1997 in memory of Dawn Janelle Gugler, a volunteer and board member with OPIRG Guelph. A goal of $10,000 was set for the Trust. Funds were raised through charitable donations, a potluck, and two Art Auctions. The goal was achieved by the end of 1999.
In 2017, the Trust was moved to an investment in bonds based on solar energy projects and the award restarted after a period of being closed.
What is the purpose of the Award?
To provide financial assistance to OPIRG-Guelph members or action groups in obtaining training or education in an area consistent with OPIRG Guelph’s Mandate.
From the interest gained from the Trust, at least five hundred ($500) dollars per year will fund at least one (1) Dawn Gugler Activist Training Award each year.
Application and Deadlines
Submissions Open: April 15, 2021
Submissions Close: May 14th, 2021
Public Announcement of Successful Applicant: During May.
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