May 19, 2009: Dee Daniels to receive an honorary doctorate degree at Capilano University

      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.