Honouring his uncle's legacy
Bob Bjorn always found the story of his late uncle, Verdun Casselman, inspiring. A World War II veteran, Casselman never went to school beyond grade seven, yet he went on to write a book: Ties to Water: The History of Bull River in the East Kootenay. After his death, Cassleman's neighbours worked together to establish the Verdun Cassleman Memorial Scholarship at the College. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student studying agriculture, history, or journalism, all passions of Casselman.
In an effort to continue to support the scholarship, Bob ordered a new printing of his Ties to Water. For every book he sells, he gives five dollars back to the scholarship, in addition to personal donations he makes regularly.