November 14, 2013: Squamish family gift will help Capilano University students make beautiful music

      Bill Alone-2 (North Vancouver, B.C.):  The family of Squamish community builder and long-time Capilano University supporter William (Bill) Manson has established the William Victor Manson Memorial Scholarship in his honor. Reflecting his love of music, the $100,000 gift will establish an endowment to fund an annual award for a Capilano University music student who excels in their studies.

      Commenting on the scholarship, created as a tribute to their late father who passed away in December, 2012 daughter Jane-Anne Manson said:  “Given our Dad’s life-long interest in education, my brothers Graham, Michael and I thought it would be fitting that there be a music scholarship in his name. Music was also a great pleasure in his life. Our Dad would be happy to know he was helping young musicians pursue their goals.”

       A founding member of the board of Capilano University (then College) and a former member of Capilano’s Squamish campus advisory board, Bill Manson’s commitment to education and his community spanned decades.  He was a charter member of the board representing Squamish when the College was first established in 1968. Later, he worked tirelessly on the College’s behalf for a new Squamish campus facility, playing a key role in selecting the location.  Bill was honoured at Capilano University’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2008 when he was named one of the 40 key contributors to the University's development and was presented with President’s Service Award in acknowledgement of his significant support of Capilano and its mission of enabling student success.

      Capilano University students already benefit from the generosity of the Manson family. In 2011 Bill established a scholarship in memory of his wife June Manson. The June Manson Memorial Award supports a secondary school graduate from Squamish, currently enrolled at Capilano University.

      For Jacob Wagner, the inaugural beneficiary of the June Manson Memorial Award, the scholarship helped with tuition fees and the purchase of a new laptop which proved to be an indispensible tool in his studies. “Being the recipient of the June Mason Memorial Award was a great honour and welcome surprise,” said the second year Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma program student.  “I was in the midst of planning for a semester of summer school and trying to figure out how I was going to pay for it. Receiving the award allowed me to put aside my financial worries and focus on my courses.”

      In 2012/13, Capilano University students received close to $1.9 million in support including $1.4 million going to more than 1,300 students in the form of scholarships, awards and bursaries.  Investments by individuals, companies and organizations have been critical to student success throughout the institution’s history.

      “We are extremely grateful for the Manson family’s continued involvement in and generous support of the University and our students,” said Jeri Krogseth, chair of the Capilano University Foundation Board. “Bill and June’s legacies will live on in the success of the scholarship recipients, and the future contribution these students make to their professions and communities.”

      About William (Bill) Manson:
      Considered a pioneer of Squamish, Bill was a tireless advocate of, and contributor to, the region’s economic growth. In addition to his long involvement with Capilano University, he served on the town council and school board, was a member of the Squamish General Hospital Board and Foundation, and was active in both the Rotary Club—which renamed the Citizen of the Year award in his honour, and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, where he served as its president in 1953, 1990, and again in 1991. Bill also played a key role in the construction of Squamish’s dike system and was involved in a number of local logging associations, committees and initiatives. Born in Prince Rupert B.C., Bill moved to Squamish in 1946 to work in the forestry industry, eventually co-founding Harnor Logging.  It was there he met and married his wife of 60 years, June, and together raised their three children.

      About the Capilano University Foundation
      Incorporated in 1970, the Capilano University Foundation works to advance the mission of the University and support student success through the development of private, public and corporate financial support. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors and is supported by the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office. The Foundation currently manages almost $7 million in endowments and oversees more than $1 million in annual and planned gifts.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a learner-centred university with campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt, British Columbia. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the University currently offers bachelor degrees as well as associate degrees and a range of diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More than 7,500 students are enrolled in credit programs each term, with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano University has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs and services, instilling the knowledge, skills, motivation and attitudes that will enable students to become independent thinkers and learners, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca

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