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Capilano University a finalist for a Power Smart Excellence Award

Capilano University is a finalist in the Energy Conservation Commitment Award category for the 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards (PSEA). The Energy Conservation Commitment Award recognizes organizations with an outstanding corporate commitment to energy conservation in British Columbia. Energy management is a continuing part of their business practice, together with longterm integrated energy management plans. Achieving this award can be the foundation for attaining Power Smart Leader status in the future. The Power Smart Leader designation is BC Hydro’s highest level of customer recognition. The 2012 awards ceremony will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 18.


Capilano University wins coveted environmental award

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University is the recipient of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s 2012 Environmental Award in the Educator’s category for its forward-thinking work in sustainability.

Nominated by Encorp Pacific (Canada) for waste audits conducted by the university in fall 2011, RCBC Environmental Awards recognize the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make toward preserving British Columbia’s environment.

Capilano University and Encorp performed a pilot program aimed at increasing the use of onsite containers for recyclable beverages at Cap’s North Vancouver campus. A 2010 Beverage Container Return Study found that single men between the ages of 18 to 34 living in urban areas are the highest discarders of beverage containers. A heavy discarder is defined as those who typically discard at least two containers per week (not recycle). They are likely to work outside the home or are students.

“This is really exciting news, says Cap’s facilities manager, Susan Doig. “While Cap is regarded as a leader in post-secondary in managing waste and implementing waste management programs, it views this partnership as a way to become even better.”

Students in Cap’s Environmental Geography program and Tourism and Outdoor Rec program performed waste audits at the North Vancouver campus on September 20 and November 15. Audit results were then compiled and recommendations made that assisted Encorp in implementing this project at other post-secondary institutions.

Encorp and Cap U are currently developing the work plan for another a waste audit in September. Last year’s venture involved close to 100 Cap U students who participated in the project as part of their coursework.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to participate in a real-life work experience for a cause that is in alignment with the university’s values,” said Mitra Kiamanesh, instructor in Capilano University’s school of business. “It’s also exciting for them to know that they personally are helping to increase awareness of such an important issue.”

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. 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, with an estimated economic impact of $31.9 million. 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.


Capilano University grad and young mom on path to success thanks local donors

Recent Cap U Accounting Assistant program grad, Emily Solomon, and her daughter, Milly, are grateful for the support received from the university and the Spectrum Support Group.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Contact: Sally Livingstone at 604.562.553

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Mother’s Day is always a special time for Emily Solomon and her young daughter, Milly. But this year, as Solomon graduates from Capilano University’s Accounting Assistant program, the twosome has even more to celebrate.

Solomon – this year’s winner of both the Spectrum and Soroptomist Awards – told her story at a recent awards breakfast for Capilano University award winners and donors.

It began when she was 16 and pregnant. Unlike her parents, who chose not to finish high school when they found themselves in similar circumstances, Solomon was determined to finish her schooling and, as she related in her speech, “teachers and classmates alike were stunned while I waddled to classes even after my due date.”

By 17, she was breastfeeding in between Math and English; by 18 she had graduated on time – in the top 10 per cent of her class and ready to enter Cap U last fall. Her daughter, Milly, came along to university, too, spending her days at the Capilano Children’s Centre. Along the way, Emily learned how to cope with the demands posed by teen motherhood, and when it was time to ask for help.

“People need to look into things and ask around,” she urged fellow students and awards donors at the Cap U event. “There are kind people out there who genuinely want to help. The greatest obstacle to your success is yourself – you need to ask for the resources.”

One of those resources was the Spectrum Support Group, a charitable organization composed of North Vancouver mothers who mentor young, struggling moms. While Spectrum offers free, professional caregiving that gives the moms a chance to catch up on errands or sleep, Solomon felt she should leave that service to mothers she felt were more in need of it. Instead, she says Spectrum’s greatest gifts were the financial aid that helped her complete her Accounting Assistant certificate, and the inspiration she got from Spectrum’s compassionate philosophy.

“Spectrum was started in order to provide mothers with the support they needed to create more successful families, so that foster care would not come between mothers and their children,” Solomon said in a recent interview. “To me, this speaks of an intense care for others, a devotion to the community, and a will to make the world a better place. This is what I strive for in my own life and when things seem at their worst in life, the example that Spectrum sets makes me optimistic and happy again.”

Solomon’s speech to the award winners and donors was a moving one. After it was finished, she was approached by Jim Belsheim, president and CEO of Neptune Bulk Terminals, who was keen to help her with the next step in her career. Within a week, she was given a practicum placement at Neptune Terminal, which begins in May.

New employment, mothering, and a plan to continue on to her bachelor of Business Administration degree and an eventual Chartered Accountant designation aren’t the only items on her to-do list, though one would think they were enough. Solomon also plans to repay the kindness she has received by becoming one of Spectrum’s volunteer mentors.

“I know how important it is to have a friend and how hard it can be to get things done with a new family in your home,” she said. “The program makes parents feel truly cared about and a little less alone in the world.”

People who are interested in helping young mothers along the path to success are invited to learn more about the Spectrum Support Group and its annual Spectrum Award at Capilano University. Visit www.supportingmothers.ca, or call Sally Livingstone at 604.562.5530.


Canadian student creativity to be recognized at awards gala

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

Canadian student creativity to be recognized at awards gala

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The top Canadian student photographers and illustrators will be recognized Friday, April 20 at the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators’ (CAPIC) fourth annual awards gala held this year at Capilano University’s North Vancouver campus. Rodeo4 is a free event open to the public and starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Library building, room 321.

Rodeo4 saw a significant increase in the number of entries from last year and the winning images from students across Canada will represent the best photographers and illustrators in post-secondary programs. The top 50 illustrations and photographs are displayed online at www.capic.org/photography-and-illustration-contest-winners/rodeo-4. Fourteen of the 50 awards will go to Capilano University IDEA students. IDEA students (representing 9 of the top 30 winning pieces) are: Alexandra Gordeyava (2nd year), Alex Tench (2nd year), David McAnsh (3rd year), Katie So (3rd year), Ksenia Kozhevnikova (1st year), and Susan Li (1st year).

The contest was judged by 10 prominent Canadian photographers and illustrators through an online vote to determine the top three photographers and top three illustrators.

CAPIC members create the photographs and illustrations which are reproduced in published materials of all types. This includes editorial, advertising, education, books, brochures and periodicals. The organization was founded in 1978 as a national, not-for-profit association dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the rights and interests of photographers, illustrators and recently, digital artists, working in the communications industry. Starting as a single group in Toronto, CAPIC has grown to six chapters, spanning the country from Halifax to Vancouver, with a membership of more than 1,030.

For more information, please visit www.capic.org/photography-and-illustration-contests.


65 RedRoses to be shown in Bosa Centre screening room

The story of Eva Markvoort, a young woman from New Westminster with cystic fibrosis who died while waiting for a double lung transplant, has been made into a documentary called 65 RedRoses. This powerful message of life, love and hope will be shown to the public on Thursday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University. The centre is located in the north campus off entrance 2 at 2055 Purcell Way in North Vancouver. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

After the showing, Capilano University president, Dr. Kris Bulcroft, members of BC Transplant, and 65 RedRoses co-director, Nimisha Mukerji, will answer questions from the audience. HelloCoolWorld, who runs the campaign for BC Transplant and owns the rights to the film, will be present with assorted products that display the artwork on the poster. The proceeds fund the BC Transplant campaign. 

By opening up her life, Eva started a global campaign for organ donation and CF awareness. In her final days as she was dying in St. Paul’s Hospital, she used a video blog to keep in touch with the many thousands of people moved by her experience. Sadly, her breath ran out on March 27, 2010, while waiting for a second transplant.

65 RedRoses has won numerous awards, been featured on CBC, and is a revision of the original film released in 2009 to incorporate Eva’s death.

The documentary is now owned by Cap’s library and is available for class use. The presentation and film are ideal materials for exploring issues around organ donation and transplants, public health, documentary film making, and public health campaigns.

A number of Cap U employees and students of have had their lives restored by organ transplants. Today, more than 800,000 people in BC have registered for organ donation. In B.C. during the 2011 calendar year, 285 people received organ transplants and 432 remained active on the wait list, hoping for a chance to live. Many more are not quite sick enough to qualify for the active list.

In collaboration with University of British Columbia medical student Cyrus McEachern, Eva Markvoort created the stunning photographs for BC Transplant’s Live Life. The backdrop of the poster is Eva’s own image.

Capilano University grad lands role on CBC TV series, Arctic Air

Cap grad, Sera-Lys McArthur, is starring today as Hailey Martin in CBC’s new TV drama series, Arctic Air.

In 2008, Sera-Lys McArthur was an Arts and Science student at Cap with a very exciting future ahead of her. Today, she is Hailey Martin in CBC’s new TV drama series, Arctic Air.

When Sera-Lys left Cap in 2008, she had a $20,000 Premier’s One World Scholarship in her pocket. The then-23-year-old was heading for the UK to attend the MA in Acting programme at East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex.

Graduating at the top of her class, Sera-Lys relocated to Los Angeles and most recently to Toronto to continue her acting pursuits. Prior to her current role, she was thrilled to be cast in Hard Core Logo II (which was shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival) and have the opportunity to work with acclaimed director Bruce McDonald.

Sera-Lys McArthur is a mixed-race Canadian actress from Saskatchewan. She began acting at the age of 12 when she was cast in the CBC miniseries Revenge of the Land, directed by John N. Smith. She has pursued her career and acting training around the globe. She studied Musical Theatre at AMDA in New York, and then stayed in the Big Apple to gain experience as a fashion model.

In 2006 she relocated back to Canadian soil to live in Vancouver, where she was cast in another John N. Smith miniseries called The Englishman’s Boy. She was honoured to be cast in this highly dramatic role based on the experience of her Nakota ancestors. She was also responsible for presenting the language for the first time on an indelible form of media such as film.

Whether it’s theatre, musicals, film, TV, commercials, print work, fashion shows or working on her own writing and creative performing projects, Sera-Lys is up for the challenge of gaining new experiences on her international road to success.

Capilano University well-represented in finals of film competition

Congratulations to the four Capilano University grads, students and faculty members who have made it to the final 13 of Crazy8s eight-day filmmaking extravaganza. The Cap U finalists are:
Babies in the Wall by Doreen Manuel (writer/director), coordinator of Cap’s Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program and winner of the Women in Film and TV Spotlight Award for Excellence in Education.
Story concept: Mary is catapulted into a horrific struggle to right old wrongs when she discovers the bones of the missing and murdered babies of an Indian residential school.

The Vessel by Marshall Axani (writer/director) – Cap U Motion Picture Arts grad and Motion Picture Production Industry Association Emerging Director Award.
Story concept: A mysterious device allows an operative on a rescue mission to manipulate the people standing between him and his captured brother.

Nudis by Wayne Robinson (writer/director) and Nigel Edwards (producer) and year two Cap U Motion Picture Arts student.
Story concept: Sigmund, a conservative and conventional corporate climber, is struggling to complete a career-defining brief on an impossible timeline when he realizes that all of his co-workers have abandoned their clothes, and with them, their social masks.

A Mother’s Love by Camille Mitchell (writer/director) and Documentary grad.
Story concept: When her boys fail to come home from school one afternoon, a mother is plunged into a confusing and disorienting search, as it becomes clear that the world she is living in is not as it used to be.

In its 13th year, Crazy8s invites aspiring filmmakers to present their short film idea in a five-minute video. From 118 pitches, 40 semi-finalists were chosen to pitch in person to a jury of industry professionals. The 13 finalists will workshop their script with a professional story editor. Six winners will receive $800 and a production package with everything they need to make their short film in just eight days. Finished films will be screened at a gala event to the who’s who of the Vancouver film industry on March 30, 2012.

Good luck to all!