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Capilano University honours outstanding alumni and individuals

Eight outstanding individuals will be recognized May 5 at Capilano University’s 2011 Alumni Awards of Excellence to be held at the Terminal City Club at 837 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are: 

Mark Watson

Mark Watson, an alumnus of Cap’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences, is the assistant coach for the San Jose Earthquakes. Watson was a member of the Capilano Blues soccer team between 1989 and 1991. He has played for the Canadian National team and a record 23 games for the Canadian Olympic team.

Cory Weeds

Cory Weeds, owner of Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club, is a graduate of Cap’s Jazz Studies diploma program in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Weeds bought the Cellar Jazz Club in 2000 and compilations of some of the Cellar’s live performances saw the birth of his successful record label, Cellar Live.

The One to Watch Awards recipients are:

Deanne Lazaruk

Deanne Lazaruk (Faculty of Tourism & Outdoor Recreation) is known as the face of the International Mountain Biking Association in Canada. Lazaruk earned a Mountain Bike Operations Certificate at Capilano University after completing a BA in Kinesiology and Applied Health. Additionally, she holds a Level 4 National Coaching Certification program designation, which is extremely challenging to obtain. Few women in Canada hold this certification.

Krissi Bucholtz

Krissi Bucholtz (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) is a graduate of Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program. After spending time in Sierra Leone, Bucholtz started an organization called the Planning for the Elimination of Poverty through Love and Education (or PEOPLE), to provide mentoring and counselling programs to youth, particularly young girls. She was recently awarded the Mahatma Ghandi scholarship for voluntary community service in areas related to peace, justice and human rights.

Sean Aiken

Sean Aiken (Faculty of Business) turned the biggest graduating student challenge into a playground of opportunity.  A graduate of Cap’s School of Business, Aiken didn’t have a clear idea of what to do with his BBA, so he took his uncertainty on the road. He worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks, which culminated in a book called The One Week Job Project. He then launched a documentary called the One Week Job Project Summer Program, which provides students from across North America with the opportunity to experience a mini journey similar to his own. 

President’s Service Award:

Pat Dejong

Pat Dejong, acting vice-president of Retail Banking for BMO, is the former chair of the Capilano University Board of Governors

Award for Excellence in Empowering Learning:

Doug Abercrombie

Doug Abercrombie (Faculty of Student Services & Development) was a longtime employee of Cap’s Department of Athletics and is the retiring coach of the award-winning Capilano Blues Women’s Soccer Team.

Janet MacDonald

Janet MacDonald (Faculty of Health and Education) is the retiring manager of Capilano University’s Children’s Centre. She has been at Cap for 35 years.


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