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Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

A scholarship and courtyard renovation honour the life of Jordan Thiessen.

A very special fire pit was installed at the Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

It is in memory of the life of Jordan Thiessen who was a student at the university. During his time at the university Jordan felt that the unloved and uncared for Douglas Courtyard could be a beautiful space. With some planting and a fire pit it would offer a place for students to relax and enjoy on campus.  Something he shared with his parents during a campus visit.

When Jordan sadly lost his life on October 18 2012, just 12 days after he married his university sweetheart, the family wanted to do something in his memory. His parents, Shirley and Carey set up the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship endowment but they wanted to do more. They recognised the deep impact that the University had on Jordan’s short life. They felt that making over the Douglas courtyard would not only honour Jordan, but it would also benefit all future students. Shirley threw herself into raising funds for both the scholarship and the courtyard project. The Jordan Thiessen Memorial Courtyard was dedicated September 14, 2013. On what would have been Jordan’s 24th birthday.


Hemi Fire Pit at Jordan Thiessen Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

The memorial garden is now a wonderful place for students to enjoy, which gives great pleasure to Jordan’s parents.  If you would like to give to the courtyard project, or to the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship, please email Shirley Thiessen at

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Solus participates in Jordan Thiessen scholarship at Trinity Western University

Solus is once again happy to be a part of another great community project, this time at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Our 48″ Hemi firebowl is now the highlight of their new Courtyard project.

Hemi firebowl at TWU

The premise for the project is unfortunate as it follows the tragic loss of Environmental Studies student Jordan Thiessen, and a memorial scholarship and this Courtyard project were set up to remember his legacy. The Courtyard will serve as an area for students and professors to gather in memoriam for Jordan for both leisure and events around the warm Solus flame.

Hemi firebowl at TWU courtyard

Although the addition of the Hemi firebowl makes a great start to creating this healing environment, more work is still needed. The outdoor walls need to be reskinned, the grounds need landscaping and more outdoor furniture is needed.

If you would like to help contribute to the Courtyard project, simply go to the ‘Giving’ Tab at the top of the page at, and under giving options, click on Scholarships. After filling out your personal information, write in the comments box “Jordan Courtyard” and it will be directed appropriately. Or, a cheque made payable to TWU accompanied by a note stating “Jordan Courtyard” is also gratefully received.