Young widow and mother establishes scholarship in memory of husband

Langley, British Columbia— Kim Baylis, a young Aldergrove, B.C. resident, recently established a scholarship to help missionary children obtain a university education. It’s a scholarship that was born out of tragedy- established in memory of her husband, Doug, to celebrate his life and carry on his legacy.

The story of Doug and Kim Baylis began in 1992 in Hungary. They met as English as a Second Language teachers, fell in love and were married in 1995. They returned to Aldergrove, B.C. as newly weds, where they were faced with tragic news—Doug had cancer. He lost a three-year battle with the disease, leaving behind his wife and newborn daughter, Katherine.

Doug’s life was characterized by empathy for missionary kids’ and their unique struggles. Educated at Trinity Western University with a masters in counselling and theological studies, he had a vision to work overseas counselling them.

Kim chartered the Doug Baylis scholarship at Trinity Western University to bring his dream to fruition. The scholarship will help freshman students, especially missionary children, gain a university education.

“We both appreciated the philosophy and mission of TWU where people were trained in a Christian context,” says Kim, “and this enables future Christian leaders to begin their education. Not just any education but a very valuable one.”

Today Kim and Katherine continue to live in Aldergrove. She is a full time mom, part time missionary with the Evangelical Free Church Missions, and part time masters student at TWU studying religious education.

“I have my hands full,” she says.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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