December 4, 2008: Medal winner doesn't sweat the small stuff

      Thursday, December 4, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--Despite being engaged in the battle of her life, North Vancouver resident, Nancy Carrow, still found a way to help others and win an award for her remarkable academic achievements.

      As a Capilano University Legal Administrative Assistant student, Carrow is the deserving recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal. The Medal is awarded to the student who has been registered in a career/vocational program of less than two years duration and has not only excelled in their studies, but has also contributed in a positive way to the life of the University or their community.

      Due to a rare form of liver cancer, Carrow is unable to work. Traditional chemotherapy is no longer effective and she is currently on an experimental drug that costs her $1,700 every two weeks. She has had to go on disability and relies on family members to help with the cost of the medication.

      “She never stops smiling, though,” said Carrow’s instructor, Nancy Power. “She doesn't talk about her illness and continues to be hopeful that the new drug will work.”

      Carrow worked for many years in the tourism and motion picture industries before she came to Capilano to complete the Legal Administrative Assistant certificate. While at the University, she maintained a GPA that would indicate she had straight A’s.

      “Nancy was a mentor to students who were her contemporaries and to those who were younger than herself,” Power said. “She posed thoughtful and thought-provoking questions that enhanced the learning opportunities of the other students in the program, and was a natural leader who willingly gave of her time to assist others.

      “Nancy did all of this while undergoing tremendous personal health challenges,” Power continued. “She was an inspiration to her instructors and to her fellow students – a reminder to all of us to not sweat the small stuff.”


      In photo, from left to right: Medal recipient Nancy Carrow, instructor in Capilano’s Legal Administrative program, Nancy Power, and Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano University’s vice chancellor and president are photographed at the University's recent inaugural convocation where Carrow was presented with her award.