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.
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.
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
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