Raised so far
Matthew Yip was one of the top students in the UBC-O Faculty of Engineering class, graduating in 2015. He was a man who strived for excellence in every aspect of his life. Whether it be in the many sports he competed in, his education or his work, Matt gave it his all.
He had an insatiable sense of adventure and lived life to the fullest. In his short years he became certified as an Advanced Scuba Diver, dove the Great Barrier Reef, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, and drove a dog sled on the Alaskan tundra. Even larger than his love of adventure was Matt’s love for those close to him. While Matt made many people feel liked, he made a chosen few feel deeply loved. Matt truly lived for his friends and family, always putting their happiness before his own.
Matt struggled with depression and died by suicide at the age of 23. He received all available support—from family doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors, medication and the undying love and support from his family, fiancée and friends—but he could not be saved. His memory lives on through his parents, Chuck and Cindy Yip, his sister, Ashley Yip, his fiancée, Kaylin Westbrook, and through the lives of many others who he touched.
The impact of your support
In Matt’s memory, his family have established the Matthew Yip Memorial Fund at UBC Okanagan.
Your gift will pay tribute to Matt’s life, by supporting UBC students and initiatives that create sustainable, meaningful impacts for people living with depression or anxiety.
Zarka Stojanovic, MSW ‘18 is the inaugural recipient of the Matthew Yip Memorial Award for Outstanding Field Training in Social Work. This award is bestowed to an outstanding graduate students in the Masters of Social Work program who has achieved excellence in a field placement with a focus on mental-health issues.
“I am grateful for the financial support this award has provided my education, but even more grateful that it validated my life-long commitment to helping people who struggle with mental health.”
- Zarka Stojanovic