Dec. 6, 2004: Tourism instructor chosen as Educator of the Year

      December 6, 2004
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Dr. Brian White, coordinator of the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree program at Capilano College, was honoured this past weekend as Educator of the Year at the 2004 Pinnacle Awards in Toronto.

      Pinnacle Award winners are chosen for their contributions to the public image of the hospitality industry through civic, educational and community involvement, as well as for their efforts in establishing innovative marketing or product concepts. This is the sixteenth year for the prestigious Canadian awards, which are hosted by Kostuch Publications Ltd., publishers of Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier magazines.

      “Brian has worked tirelessly for students in British Columbia,” said John Potts, College dean of Human Services and International Education. “This award couldn't have been given to a more deserving person.

      “For more than 30 years, Brian has brought creativity, commitment and excellent teaching to Capilano College’s Tourism degree program,” he continued. “On the provincial level, Brian was the driving force behind the development of the Tourism degree adopted as the Tourism Learning System for the B.C. System.”

      Hotelier magazine calls White an educator with a conscience.

      “Vigilant about reaching out to the underprivileged, the under appreciated and anyone plain interested in learning about tourism . . . White is a mentor to students on home soil and a trainer to trainers globally.”

      Under White’s guidance, the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation department at Capilano College has blossomed from one program with 30 graduates in 1978 to 11 programs and more than 575 grads as of September 2004. However, the instructor says that it’s many more people than just him who have contributed to the program’s success.

      “The award acknowledged a fantastic group of faculty and a larger group of people at the College who worked for years to develop a really fantastic department and the basic structure of the tourism learning system in B.C.,” White said. “It’s a system that I’m proud to say is now being used internationally.”


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