June 5, 1999: Former board chair honoured for her extraordinary contribution to post-secondary education in B.C.

      June 5, 1999
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: (604) 983-7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)  Squamish resident and former Capilano College board chair, Hilda Rizun, will be presented this June with an honorary life membership with the Advanced Education Council of British Columbia.

      The AECBC grants this honour to selected individuals who have made significant contributions to the post secondary education system in B.C. and who have represented it and the AECBC with distinction.

      For 20 years, Rizun actively participated in the province’s post secondary system -- first at Capilano College, next at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and finally at the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer. She also served for a period as a director, then vice-president of the British Columbia Association of Colleges, before it became AECBC.

      "As a hard-working vice chair and later, chair, she missed only one meeting in North Vancouver during her 13 years on the board," says Capilano College president, Greg Lee. "This was despite travelling the infamous Squamish highway and the responsibilities of home and her full-time job as a representative of an accountancy firm in Squamish.

      "During her tenure at Capilano College," he added, "she proved to be a consummate team builder and a tireless advocate for her community. She also took a very active part in establishing the Squamish campus of Capilano College. Hilda is more than deserving of this honour."

      Rizun was born in a small coal mining town in Alberta. Her family moved to Langley, B.C. where Hilda graduated from high school and psychiatric nursing school. She spent several years working in the field of psychiatric nursing, with particular emphasis on children with special needs. In 1953, she married her husband Steve and in 1964 they moved with their two children to Sqamish. It wasn’t long before she was making her mark in the community, contributing to Loggers’ Sports Day, a local pageant for young women, and helping several service organizations – all while running her own accounting business.

      After campaigning for Howe Sound to become part of the Capilano College region at the time of the referendum on that subject, Rizun was appointed in 1975 to the board of Capilano College as a community representative. She became vice chair in 1976 and served as chair from 1981 to 1988.

      "I am delighted that Hilda’s contributions have been recognized," says current board chair, Naomi Yamamoto. "She contributed a great deal in terms of leadership, time and enthusiasm and helped shape the College during some of its most formative years."

      For more information on the AECBC award, contact Dilly Allibhai at 895-5080. For more information on Hilda Rizun, contact Judy Hafey at 984-4933.