November 19, 2007: Capilano honours alumni with the One to Watch Award

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      November 19, 2007
      Contact: Janis Connolly
      Tel: 604. 990.7968

      One to Watch Award at Capilano honours four amazing young graduates

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano is celebrating its inaugural One to Watch Award program by honouring four outstanding young graduates at a champagne reception on Thursday, November 22. The event will be held at the North Vancouver campus in the Library building, room 322 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

      “Capilano takes great pride in the achievements of its alumni and these four amazing individuals reflect the quality of the education they received while here,” said Capilano president, Dr. Greg Lee. “They have learned from the best and today are living their dream doing what they love and setting themselves apart with their accomplishments.”

      The four recipients are:

      Terry Beech, Local Government Administration cert., BBA
      One of Terry Beech’s former instructors at Capilano is convinced that he is poised to become a future prime minister of Canada. When Terry came to Capilano at the age of 18, he was also juggling a new position in Nanaimo as a city councillor – the youngest person ever to be elected to a municipal office in Canada. In September 2003, MacLean’s magazine named him as one of Canada’s leaders-in-waiting under the age of 30. After graduating from Capilano with a perfect GPA, Terry attended Simon Fraser University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration, and with a joint major in Economics. While at SFU, he was also named a Dean’s Gold Medal finalist. Terry has won numerous awards for academics and volunteerism, including an Outstanding Leader of Tomorrow Award. He is currently employed as director of development and marketing for a Vancouver investment firm, and plans to continue his studies in business at either Harvard or Oxford.

      Dr. Chelsea Himsworth, Associate of Science degree, DVM
      When Chelsea Himsworth graduated from Capilano in 2003 with an Associate of Science degree, she was awarded the Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal for highest academic standing. Her love of horses led her to apply to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan for a coveted spot in the highly-selective and elite school. Her application was accepted on the basis of her Capilano education alone. She graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree in June 2007, winning the Faculty Gold Medal. This is the college’s most prestigious award. While at WCVM, Chelsea initiated the Global Vets project that allows the college’s students to volunteer with veterinarians in Australia and New Zealand. She continues to follow her passion and has since entered the Master of Veterinary Science program at WCVM, specializing in veterinary pathology.

      Erin Robinson, Community Economic Development Post Baccalaureate dip., BBA, dip. Business Administration, dip. General Management Co-op
      For a young woman still in her 20s, Erin Robinson has already logged an impressive number of volunteer hours. Most recently, Erin worked with the Canadian Red Cross as a member of the Disaster Response Team providing aide to Lebanese evacuees. She also held the position of fundraising chair for the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship program where she received a Spirit of Vancouver Award. After graduating with a diploma from both the Business Administration program and General Marketing Co-op program at Capilano in 1999, Erin went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from B.C.’s Open University, and a Post Baccalaureate diploma in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University. She is currently employed in community business banking at Vancity and continues to contribute to the social, economic and environmental well-being of her community.

      Josh Whittall, Retail Marketing Co-op cert., Professional Film Studies
      An information meeting for Capilano’s Film Centre programs changed Josh Whittall’s life forever. Smitten with the Professional Film Studies program, Josh enrolled right away. He had already graduated from Capilano’s Retail Marketing program in 1999 when he decided to set his sights on motion picture production. In 2001, Josh and his wife started Wandering Gecko Entertainment and have watched it continue to grow. His dream of becoming a writer-director was realized in 2003 when he received funding that allowed him to write about the lesser-known underworld of Vancouver. The finished product was his feature length script, The Gutter Diaries, for which he won Best Director for a feature film at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in November 2006. Josh has also won directing awards at film festivals in Mumbai, India, Cleveland, Ohio and Calgary, Alberta. Over the past few years, Josh has worked as an assistant director on numerous feature length movies. He has since obtained a literary agent and is currently producing a second feature film.

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      Photos available on request.