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Capilano University shows its love for Japan

B.C.'s minister of advanced education, Naomi Yamamoto, is on hand for a presentation of a book of condolences to Japanese Consul General Hideki Ito by Capilano University president, Dr. Kris Bulcroft.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596   

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University presented on March 31 a book of condolences to Japanese Consul General Hideki Ito at a brief ceremony held at its North Vancouver campus. 

The book had been circulated and signed by Cap students and employees since the day a devastating earthquake hit Japan on March 11.

“Capilano University is deeply saddened by the events of the Japanese earthquake tragedy that occurred on March 11,” said university president and vice chancellor, Dr. Kris Bulcroft, in an official statement posted on the university’s website. “We would like to express our sincere condolences to our students and colleagues whose families and friends have been affected by the earthquake and the deadly tsunami that followed.” 

The event also included a moment of silence in memory for the lives lost and for those people who continue to suffer the after effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. This was led by Naomi Yamamoto, British Columbia’s minister of advanced education, who met with students after the ceremony concluded. Also in attendance was Testsuya Isono, Japanese Consul for Cultural Affairs. 

Prior to the ceremony, a number of students who had been involved in fundraising for Japan held a Japanese paper crane-making workshop. Cap has approximately 40 students from Japan studying at its North Vancouver campus. Guests enjoyed sushi that was generously donated by Aramark Foods, the university’s food service provider. 

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca 


Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Van-Capilano (far left), and Naomi Yamamoto, minister of advanced education (third from left) show the paper cranes they made during a workshop led by Japanese students at Capilano University. They are joined by Hideki Ito, Japanese Consul General (second from left), Dr. Kris Bulcroft (far right), Capilano University president, and Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour.


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