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Generous donation to Capilano University establishes the June Manson Memorial Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 14, 2011

Contact:
Jessica Thoms
Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Cap
T: 604.983.1765
E: jthoms@capilanou.ca

(SQUAMISH, B.C.)—Squamish secondary school graduates attending Capilano University will benefit from a $100,000 donation announced today from the Manson family.

The June Manson Memorial Award has been established by her family to honour June Manson, who passed away on December 6, 2010. It will support a secondary school graduate from Squamish who is currently enrolled atCapilanoUniversity.

“Through this generous gift, the Manson family is paying tribute to the memory of a much-loved wife and mother, as well as helping students build a better future,” says Squamish resident and member of Capilano University’s board of governors, Sonja Lebans. “This award will be especially meaningful to the recipients, because it will be given to someone who attended school in Squamish by a family of long-time residents of our community.”

A founding member of the CapilanoCollegeboard and a former member of Capilano’s Squamish campus advisory board, Bill Manson’s commitment to education has extended over numerous years. He was a charter member of the board representing Squamish when the College was first established in 1968.  Later, he worked tirelessly on Cap’s behalf for a new Squamish campus facility and at its official opening on May 30, 1995, Bill received a lifetime honorary student card.  At Cap’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2008, Bill received a President’s Service Award in acknowledgement of his significant support of Capilano and its mission of enabling student success.

With the establishment of the June Manson Memorial Award, Bill and his family have renewed this commitment and have ensured that it continues for years to come.

“Both of my parents believed in the value of education,” said Bill and June’s daughter, Jane-Anne Manson. “Consequently, all three of us – Mike, Graham and I – pursued post-secondary education. It is hoped that this scholarship, in addition to being a tribute to my mother, will help other students from Squamish to do the same.”

June Manson was born in Powell River and completed high school in Squamish. She later graduated as a registered nurse, working in this capacity at both the Vancouver General and Squamish General hospitals. She met and married Bill in 1950 and the two settled in Squamish where they raised their three children Michael, Graham and Jane-Anne.

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. Opened in 1968, enrolment today totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 708 international students from 52 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano. Capilano University 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.

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