Class and Memorial Endowments

Eustace de Souza Memorial Scholarship

Eustace de Souza was an amazing volunteer for our LFA field hockey program. For a decade after his daughter (Sachi De Souza '01) graduated, Eustace remained a dedicated volunteer coach on LFA's top team. Working with Ali McGillivray, the two coaches oversaw the most successful years of field hockey in school history, winning three Provincial Championships and finishing in the top three at Provincials a remarkable nine times.

For all the on-field success, Mr. de Souza is most remembered most for his calm, gentlemanly approach to coaching and his kind, supportive interactions with student athletes. His approach to coaching and his love for the game helped to create a positive environment that inspired athletes to keep playing field hockey into adulthood.

Eustace de Souza Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship
Mr. de Souza passed away in late January, 2021. At the request of the family, LFA is very pleased to establish the Eustace de Souza Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship. The award will be given to an LFA student, playing at LFA, who exhibits qualities that reflect values that Eustace demonstrated daily as a coach at LFA for over a decade: respectful leadership, exemplary sportsmanship, kindness towards teammates, determination to improve at field hockey, and an understanding that school and one's studies are always the top priority.
For over a decade, Eustace was such an important part of the LFA hockey community. From his daughter’s (Sachi) Grade 9 year, and for years after she graduated, I was so lucky to have him coach the Senior A team with me. He worked tirelessly to help the players improve their skills and play hard, but what stands out to me was his emphasis on the more important lesson: love the game and the people you’re playing with. I know that LFA's first Provincial Championship in field hockey (in 2001) was due to his great knowledge of the game. Throughout, Eustace volunteered his time selflessly, coming to practices and games after finishing work at BC Children's. He took personal holiday to come annually to the Bridgeman Cup in Victoria and provincial tournaments wherever they were held. I know that Eustace will be missed by all the field hockey coaches at the school who were fortunate to know him, though his loss will be felt more widely with the hundreds of players and their parents who loved him and the wider field hockey community in BC.

Ali McGillivray

Photo Memories?

Our photo archives from the early 2000's are limited. Do you have a photo of Mr. De Souza you can share with us? Please email alumnae@lfabc.org

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