November 30, 2010: Capilano University confers two honorary degrees at its fall convocation

      Tuesday, November 30, 2010
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A community activist for the rights of women and and a tireless advocate for education in Canada received an honorary degree from Capilano University at its fall convocation held at its North Vancouver campus on November 29.

      Being recognized with an honorary doctor of laws degree are: Rosalie (Lee) Grills and Dr. Paul Cappon.

      North Shore resident, Rosalie (Lee) Grills, has been a longtime community activist for the rights of women and children, working locally, nationally and in the United States. Her record of passionate humanitarianism is evident in the many accomplishments she has made since the early 1960s. She was a founding member of the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF), a founding member of the North Shore Women’s Centre and the Women’s Centre at then-Capilano College, a former president and member-at-large of the Vancouver Status of Women and a former vice-president and member-at-large of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. For almost 40 years, Lee has worked tirelessly in a variety of capacities on numerous advisory boards and other committees, advocating for the rights of women. For many, Lee Grills has embodied the mentorship necessary for women to find an equal place in our society.

      Dr. Paul Cappon, president and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning. Dr. Paul Cappon Dr. Paul Cappon receives this honour as he steps down from his role as director general of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Dr. Cappon has had a distinguished public service career as an educator, a physician and administrator. His leadership to the Canadian Council on Learning and as director general of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada showed his commitment to a vision of a post-secondary system for Canada that was seamless, accredited and understandable to both the national and international audience of students and scholars. Despite the constitutional obstacles, Paul looked for cooperative relations that could be forged across jurisdictional boundaries, and for ways to increase the flexibility of our education systems to the benefit of our learners.

      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