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Honouring Cam’s legacy

The Cameron Brown Community Innovation Fund (CBCIF) has been established at Queen’s College in memory of Cameron Sadler Brown, who at age 35 lost his courageous battle with cancer on 20 February 2016.

In his time as a resident of Queen’s College from 1999 to 2001, Cam made a significant contribution to the College community. He was an inspiring leader both in positions of responsibility and socially in how he led his life. Cam represented the College in multiple sports, pursued his academic studies with distinction, campaigned for environmental issues, worked in the Queen’s garden and in 2001 was the QCS&SC male sports representative. It was in this position that he led the College to its first ever and historic Cowan’s Cup victory.

After graduating from university Cam went on to work in the sustainability sector, continuing to inspire others and live his passions for social justice and creating public value. He was held in high regard by all those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

Why a community based innovation fund?

The Cameron Brown Community Innovation Fund has been established to actively honour Cam’s memory by inspiring students to engage in innovative community based projects. Residents of Queen’s College will be invited to submit an application for the CBCIF to initiate projects that:

  • care for the environment and establish sustainable living practices, or
  • improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals or groups, or
  • build community capability through innovation.

Through the collective energy of those contributing to the CBCIF, communities locally and internationally, can become stronger and better places.

How will the CBCIF work?

The CBCIF will be awarded to an individual or group of Queen’s students annually. Applicants will be required to submit a proposal that outlines the purpose and scope of their project. A panel consisting of one delegate of Nikki Brown (Cam’s wife), the Master and a representative of the outgoing QCS&SC General Committee will evaluate proposals against a values based criteria. After establishing the fund in 2016, the first project grant will be made for the 2017 calendar year.

How will the CBCIF be funded & sustained?

A seed fund will be established by donations that will provide for the CBCIF in perpetuity. The corpus will be invested by the Queen’s College Trust Corporation (QCTC), established to hold and invest funds for Queen’s College. All donations made to the fund will be tax deductible.

What will it mean for Queen’s?

The CBCIF will provide a means to respect and remember one of Queen’s College’s brightest alumnae. It will provide Queen’s with a unique program that is befitting of our future student leaders and culture of entrepreneurship. The CBCIF will also provide a unique means to connect current residents with generations of Wyverns. Cam was set on making this world a better place. The CBCIF will ensure his life mission is continued.


Further enquiries can be directed to either Summer Merrie (1998, M 0433 516209 / E sumerrie@yahoo.com) or Tom Hutchinson (2000, M 0411 277108 / E twhutchinson82@gmail.com) who are coordinating the establishment of the fund in conjunction with the college.

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Please email us at stewardship@queens.unimelb.edu.au if you do not wish to have your name published as a donor.