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A message from Stephen Lewis to Capilano University graduates

May 28, 2012

A message from Stephen Lewis (who, due to a back injury, was unable to attend Cap’s convocation and accepted his honorary degree in absentia):

“Graduates: Needless to say, I was excited and honoured about coming west to receive an honorary degree from Capilano University. It drives me crazy to submit to mortal frailty, but a nasty herniated disc makes lengthy plane travel impossible. I am so very sorry. Had I been able to come, I would have had two over-riding messages for you:

First, this world is swamped by crisis … just look at the barbaric massacre of children and families in Syria. Whether it’s conflict, or poverty, or disease, or climate change, the planet is desperately in need of leadership. And the leadership is wanting. Somehow, this next generation has to give voice to the injustice. We need courageous and outspoken advocates and activists, some of whom – perhaps some of the students of this graduating class – will travel to developing countries to make a contribution, and then tell the world of the struggle for survival, and refuse to be beaten down or silenced by indifferent governments.

Second, and to my mind of even greater priority, is the single most important issue on the planet: the struggle for gender equality. We’ll never achieve even a modicum of social justice if we continue to marginalize half the world’s population. The panoply of discrimination visited on the world’s women, particularly women of the developing world, is frankly unconscionable. Whether it’s international sex trafficking, or female genital mutilation, or child brides, or honour killings, or the absence of inheritance rights, or the absence of property rights, or the absence of economic autonomy, or insufficient political representation, or the contagion of sexual violence and rape to be found everywhere, we simply must see women’s rights as paramount and embrace the principle of equality.

With those brief thoughts, I again express my regrets at not being present on this joyous day for the graduating students, their families and friends, and the entire teaching and support staff of Capilano.

Congratulations to you all.” SL

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Three honorary doctorate degrees conferred at Capilano University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 28, 2011
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and longtime activist for an AIDS free world, an Order of British Columbia recipient whose face you’d want to see if stranded on one of our local mountains, and an educator and storyteller extraordinaire from the Sto:lo Nation in southwestern British Columbia all received an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University at its spring convocation held Monday, May 28.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Stephen Lewis is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States. Stephen Lewis’s work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.   

Tim Jones

Tim Jones
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Tim Jones is the current Team Leader of North Shore Rescue. Over the past 20 years, he has participated in more than 1,400 search and rescue operations. He is in his 30th year as Paramedic in Charge of the North Vancouver BC Ambulance Service. A co-founder of NSR’s heavily relied on Helicopter Rescue Program, Mr. Jones also established its extensive Communication Network. Over the years, Mr. Jones has helped to raise more than $1,500,000 for the organization’s operations and equipment. Mr. Jones received the Order of British Columbia in 2011, an honour extended to those who have excelled in any field benefiting their fellow British Columbians.

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa
Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem) from the Sto:lo and Xaxli’p First Nations, is Associate Dean for Indigenous Education and the Director for the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Since 1992, she has co-edited an annual theme issue of the Canada Journal of Native Education. Dr. Archibald’s research interests relate to Indigenous knowledge systems, storywork/oral tradition, transformative education at all levels. Dr. Archibald received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2000 for her work in education. She is the author of the book, Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit, published in 2008 by UBC Press.

The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University and recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels. It is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University.

Capilano University is a learner-centred 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

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Three honorary doctorate degrees conferred at Capilano University’s spring convocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 6, 2011
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A sports enthusiast who was instrumental in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver, an accomplished author and head of an organization that continues to make Vancouver a leading international tourist destination, and a world-renowned painter that Canada is proud to call its own all received an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University at its spring convocation held Monday, June 6.

Arthur Griffiths
Doctor of Laws,honoris causa
Arthur Griffiths is a leading Vancouver businessperson and philanthropist who began his academic career as a student in Capilano University’s Faculty of Business. As the former CEO of Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment and former owner of the Vancouver Canucks hockey and Grizzlies basketball teams, Mr. Griffiths used his passion for professional sports and his understanding of complex business negotiations to bring together the partnership that resulted in the construction of General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena). A willing and welcome guest at Capilano University, Mr. Griffiths has enriched the recreational and philanthropic life of the region.

Rick Antonson
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Rick Antonson is President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which represents more than 1,000 member businesses and is responsible for the market development of Metro Vancouver as a convention, incentive, and leisure travel destination. An accomplished writer, Mr. Antonson is co-author of Slumach’s Gold, In Search of a Legend. In 2008, Dundurn Publishing of Toronto published his third book, To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa. He is invited to speak worldwide on the topic of travel and regularly comes to Capilano University to speak to its Tourism and Outdoor Recreation students.

Joseph Plaskett
Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa
Joseph Plaskett is considered to be one of Canada’s most talented and established visual artists. He has had more than 65 solo and group exhibitions, and his works reside in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Nominated by Lawren Harris, Mr. Plaskett won the first Emily Carr Scholarship in 1946. Recommended by both Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson, he accepted the post as Director of the Winnipeg School of Art. He received the Order of Canada in the spring of 2001 and in 2004 he set up the Joe Plaskett Foundation, which makes an annual award to a Canadian artist. (Photo by Yukiko Onley)

The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University and recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels. It is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University.

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

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Three honorary doctorate degrees conferred at Capilano University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 21, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A champion of British Columbia’s film industry, the first female city manager of Vancouver, and the head of one of B.C.’s most esteemed professional organizations all received an honorary degree from Capilano University at its spring convocation.

Recognized on June 21 with an honorary doctor of laws degree are:
Judy Rogers, former city manager for the City of Vancouver; Colin Bennett, president and CEO of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Society of British Columbia; and, Peter Leitch, president of Burnaby’s Mammoth Studios and North Vancouver’s North Shore Studios, and chairman of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C.

“Over many years, these three individuals have been generous and important contributors on a number of levels to Capilano University and to their chosen professions,” said Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor. “They are all ideal candidates for this acknowledgment.”

The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University  and recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels. It is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University.

Judy Rogers

Judy Rogers – BPE, MPA, BPE, MPA
As former City Manager for the City of Vancouver, Judy Rogers was a dynamic and energetic leader at Vancouver City Hall for over a decade. She provided oversight and strategic direction to more than 9,000 employees and an ever-changing team of elected officials. Beginning as the Director for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Judy spent her career involved in issues that affect the social well-being of the City of Vancouver. At Capilano University, our local government programming in the Public Administration department (PADM) has benefited greatly from Judy’s time and attention as a leader of our Advisory Board and as a frequent guest lecturer in the various program areas. Judy’s record and the numerous national and international awards speak to her expertise and ability. Capilano University, and particularly PADM, are grateful for her dedication and commitment to all of our municipal programs.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett – CMA, FCMA
Colin Bennett has had a long and distinguished career in the accounting profession. A Certified Management Accountant (CMA) since 1975, Colin provided leadership and strategic financial management expertise for a number of leading manufacturing firms across Canada before accepting senior management positions at CMA Canada – British Columbia in 1996. In addition to leading his organization, Colin served on various boards and committees in the business community and volunteered his time and leadership to a number of causes, including Capilano University. His dedication to the education of all accounting students in B.C. is evident from his continued support of the provincial Strategic Management Case Competition and now the e-Legacies Olympic Games case competition, as well. Colin has been a champion of Capilano’s developing accounting program for the past 15 years. Recently, he spearheaded our efforts to articulate the Capilano degree with CMA Canada and with his assistance, we became one of the only two accredited programs in Western Canada. 

Peter Leitch

Peter Leitch – BComm, CA, FCA
Peter Leitch joined Cannell Films Ltd. in 1987 and was Vice President and Controller of Cannell before accepting the position as Vice President and General Manager of Lions Gate Studios in 1995. He is currently the President of North Shore Studios and Mammoth Studios. Peter has a reputation for being a savvy businessman and an articulate spokesperson for the local film industry. He is the Chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia, Director of the Burnaby Board of Trade, past Chair of  the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and former Director of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. Peter also served on Canada Revenue Agencies Small Business Advisory Committee and Film Advisory Committee. He was recently honoured with his FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. In the past few years, Peter has worked particularly hard on behalf of Capilano – first on our campaign to be redesignated a university, and more recently on the freeing up of both federal and provincial dollars to finance the new Film and Animation Centre. At every opportunity, Peter brings attention to the great educational work being carried out by the faculty and staff of Capilano.

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

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Dee Daniels to receive an honorary doctorate degree at Capilano University

Dee Daniels will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at Capilano University's spring 2009 convocation.

Dee Daniels will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at Capilano University's spring 2009 convocation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Legendary jazz vocalist, Dee Daniels, will be recognized with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at Capilano University’s fine and applied arts spring convocation ceremony on June 9.

The honorary doctorate degree at Capilano University is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University.

“Over many years, Dee has been a generous and important contributor on a number of levels to Capilano University and to her chosen profession,” said Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor. “Her incredible talent, combined with a strong belief in education, makes her a perfect choice for this acknowledgment.”

Daniels is known as a born educator who utilizes an inspiring and down-to-earth approach with her students that helps them rise to the occasion. She has worked for many years with guest artists in Capilano’s Jazz Series and has been a great role model for young aspiring singers everywhere. The North Vancouver resident also gives of her own time on an annual basis to student vocalists in Capilano University’s Jazz Studies degree program.

“Being the storyteller that I am, I find that I have no words to express my delight at this moment,” Daniels said. “So, to quote lines from a song by the great composers, George and Ira Gershwin: ‘‘S wonderful, ‘S marvelous, ‘S awful nice, ‘S paradise’ that Capilano University should bestow such a great honour on me. I’ve always felt that as a professional musician who has been blessed, I have a joyful responsibility to share – to pay the blessings and information forward. To be acknowledged for doing so is icing on the cake!”

Daniels is only the second honorary degree recipient at the institution since it received university designation last year. The first was C. Peter Jones, retired engineer and former mayor and alderman of West Vancouver, who received a doctor of laws, honoris causa at the University’s inaugural convocation in November 2008.

Capilano University serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 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 transfer 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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Dee Daniels – Biography
Dee Daniels is a crowd pleaser and a musician’s musician. Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band or symphony, she is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage.

Daniels’ style was born in her stepfather’s church choir in Oakland, California, honed through the R&B era and brought to full fruition during a five-year stay in Europe from 1982 to 1987. During those years, she had many wonderful opportunities to perform with such ‘Legends of Jazz’ as Toots Thielemans, Johnny Griffin, Ed Thigpen, and Monty Alexander to name but a few. Two other personal highlights while in Europe include having had the opportunity of singing the Blues with the late, divine Sarah Vaughan in The Netherlands, and singing Gospel with the late great Joe Williams in Germany.

Dee’s international career includes performances in eleven African countries, Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as in North America and many countries throughout Europe. She has cultivated a diverse career that has seen her on the theatre stage in the musical comedy, Wang Dang Doodle, and the starring role in the 2001 Calgary Stampede.

She has also established herself as a jazz vocalist in demand by the classical music world. She performs her Great Ladies of Swing, and The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles POPS programs with symphony orchestras across Canada and the USA. A respected vocal clinician and mentor, Dee sincerely believes in sharing her knowledge and experience with young singers/musicians. She is an inspiring motivational speaker.

Capilano University has offered a premier jazz studies program for more than 25 years and a jazz degree since 1992. Dee’s history with the Cap Jazz Series goes back to its inception with her first appearance in the series in the spring of 1998.

In 2001, Dee created the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at Capilano University. Also in 2001, she was the recipient of the FANS Award (a North Vancouver, BC Arts Council presentation); was nominated as Vocalist of the Year, and her Love Story CD was nominated for Best Jazz CD of the Year by West Coast Music Awards. In 2002 she was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and a plaque was installed on Vancouver’s Walk of Fame.

In 2003 she received the prestigious Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was inducted into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts, Hall of Honor where she is also a 1997 Distinguished Alumni.

Her JAZZINIT CD was in the Top Ten CDs of 2007 on several polls. In 2008, she was a recipient of Capilano University’s Presidents Service Award. She served on the Advisory Board of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival from 2001 – 2009.