May 9, 2008: Capilano instructor receives Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal

      Friday, May 9, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean

      Capilano instructor receives Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Linn Teetzel is such a well-regarded educator that industry leaders in British Columbia continue to find ways to recognize her work.

      On May 7, Capilano’s Local Government Administration program coordinator captured her second honour in four years with the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Service in British Columbia.

      Teetzel was nominated by Judy Rogers, city manager for the City of Vancouver, and was selected by the BC Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration Canada.

      “Linn has been an outstanding innovator and leader in public administration and education in British Columbia,” Rogers said in her nomination letter. “In particular, she has been the driving force behind the development of a comprehensive local government management competency training program that is recognized for its excellence throughout this province and beyond.

      “She has nurtured and helped advance the careers of many hundreds, if not thousands, of local government employees and is widely respected by educators and provincial and municipal managers as a true leader in her field.”

      Teetzel, who has run the LGAP at Capilano for the past 15 years, said she had absolutely no idea she had been nominated for the award and was taken completely by surprise when she received a phone call saying she had won.

      “I was totally shocked,” she said. “It’s such a huge honour, especially when you consider the thousands of people who could have just as easily been selected.”

      In June 2004, Teetzel was the recipient of the Local Government Management Association of B.C.’s President’s award. That was the first time the award had been given to someone working outside the local government sector.

      The Lieutenant Governor is the patron for the silver medal award, which recognizes the exceptional achievement of a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration. The award pays tribute to public sector practitioners whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment. It seeks to provide recognition of an outstanding individual and to underscore the efforts of creative, highly skilled individuals in the public sector.

      It will be presented by B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria this July.

      Capilano serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 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 studies, 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.