A Legacy of Faith and Impact
Gift of Insurance Endows The Rev. Dr. John C. Hoffman and The Rev. Nettie (Wilson) Hoffman Award
By Sharon Gregory
Faith and service characterized the remarkable lives and ministry of the late Rev. Dr. John C. Hoffman Vic 5T4 and his wife, the late Rev. Nettie (Wilson) Hoffman Emm 5T0. Professor, preacher and counsellor, John concluded his academic career as principal of Emmanuel College (1990-1996). Nettie, the first ordained female minister in the province of Quebec, was a devoted volunteer and passionate advocate for refugees.
Some years before John’s death in 2012, the couple committed to continue their customary generosity and philanthropy beyond their lifetimes when they pledged to make a legacy gift to Emmanuel. The College was named as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, the proceeds of which were received by the College after Nettie passed away in 2019. As a result, The Rev. Dr. John C. Hoffman and The Rev. Nettie (Wilson) Hoffman Award was established. Conferred upon PhD degree students who have demonstrated financial need, it was awarded for the first time this academic year, to Morgan Bell Emm 2T0, who is enrolled in the PhD in Theological Studies program.
“It is a fitting and lasting testament to their many contributions to the College that John and Nettie Hoffman’s generous legacy gift will impact generations of graduate students at Emmanuel”, remarks Interim Principal John Young.