Graduating in Social Work from UBC in 1940, Helen Marie Stevenson-Galpin was well known for her adventurous spirit and zest for life. Born and raised in Vancouver, after the Second World War she moved with her husband Richard Galpin to Detroit, where she raised a family of four. She then returned to BC, serving as a medical social worker at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, before retiring to Comox on Vancouver Island. She passed away in December 2012 at the age of 97, a wonderful example of a life well-lived.
Helen’s family has created the Helen Marie Stevenson-Galpin Prize in her memory. The prize will be awarded to UBC students studying social work, as a tribute to all Helen did for her communities, patients, family and friends during her life. The prize will have a particular focus on a student’s community or international service, in keeping with Helen’s adventurous and generous life.
I was lucky to have had Helen as a mother in law and to have married into the Stevenson-Galpin clan, marrying her oldest son Ken. After Ken hung up his racing gloves, we started a tradition of going sailing for our holidays over to the Gulf Islands. The first year we chartered a boat and headed out for…
- Mary Bodo Galpin
daughter in law
My mother was an amazing woman. Full of grace, hard as steel, compassionate, intelligent, humorous, inquisitive and filled with a sense of adventure. Stories of her adventures will continue to be told as long as those of us who knew her can tell them (Mexico road trip anyone?). One I will always rem…
- Peter Galpin
I remember my Mom, Helen Galpin as an individual who strove to think and act outside the box. She and I didn't always agree, but she did attempt to see things my way if they were something she had never contemplated before. I often gained a partner in crime on those. I got my love for adventure, and…