June 15, 2016: Capilano University awards six distinguished individuals with Alumni Awards of Excellence

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University will award six outstanding alumni, employees and partners with 2016 Alumni Awards of Excellence on June 21, 2016.

      Greg Quan, Jazz Studies diploma 1995 and bachelor of music 1997, will be recognized for his contributions to music education with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Quan, director of choirs and orchestras at Magee secondary school—well-known for its Magee Chamber Choir—fosters mindful students who are musically knowledgeable and passionate. Quan was recognized at the Heart and Mind Conference at the Dalai Lama Center in 2015 for his work in mindfulness in education. He was also commissioned to write and perform a piece in 2009 with several choirs to commemorate the opening of the Olympic Oval in Richmond.

      James Brown, Motion Picture Arts diploma 2008, is a three-time Leo Award winner, twice for Best Feature Length Motion Picture for his work on Down River and Sisters & Brothers and most recently at this year’s awards for Best Short Drama for his film Never Steady, Never Still. He is currently producing a 20-episode animated series at DHX Media for YTV. James gives back to Capilano University’s community by serving on the School of Motion Picture Arts Program Advisory Council. He is also a founding member of the Capilano University Alumni Association and the Capilano University Film Alumni Chapter. Capilano University is proud to recognize Brown with a One to Watch Award

      Also receiving a One to Watch Award is Chelsey Reist, Acting for the Camera certificate 2005 and Acting for Stage and Screen diploma 2009. Reist started her career as host of an internationally broadcast travel series. She has since appeared in national commercial campaigns, TV shows and feature films. Her work has screened at the Cannes Film Festival and she is returning for her fourth season on the CW Network hit, The 100, which Rolling Stone Magazine recently voted one of the top sci-fi shows of all time. Reist remains connected to Capilano University as a regular guest lecturer and student mentor.

      Tourism instructor Christy Dodds is a champion of student success through her facilitation of practical industry co-op placements for Capilano University’s Tourism students. She inspires students to follow their passion and do what they need to do to excel in the tourism industry. Her best practices have been showcased by the Association for Cooperative Education. Dodds will receive an Award for Excellence in Empowering Learning

      Susan Doig also embodies Excellence in Empowering Learning. Doig, director of facilities for Capilano University, is an extraordinary sustainability ambassador for the University and a role model to students and employees to be sustainable in all of their activities. She has inspired five collaborative workplace learning positions for students called CapUWorks, which focus on building community, conservation and climate change awareness. She established an annual waste audit that provides students with a transformative learning opportunity while improving service delivery and reducing waste management costs. 

      Janet Burgess, senior manager at BlueShore Financial, has mentored students at Capilano University for nearly 10 years. She has contributed to a forum for professionals to connect with future business graduates, participated on the board of directors for Capilano Undergraduate Business Enterprise of Students and is responsible for establishing BlueShore Financial’s longstanding relationship with the Capilano School of Business. She will receive the President’s Service Award.

      About the Alumni Awards of Excellence
      Now entering its 10th year, the Alumni Awards of Excellence program acknowledges the outstanding achievements of alumni, employees and friends of Capilano University and celebrates a spirit of community and lifelong connection. The awards program has honoured individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves and the University through their contributions and accomplishments. Previous recipients include Dr. Thomas Kerr, world-renowned HIV/AIDs research pioneer, and best-selling author and playwright, Anosh Irani. 

      About the Alumni Association
      With more than 70,000 alumni around the world, the Capilano University Alumni Association connects, celebrates and inspires alumni to better themselves and their communities. The Association is dedicated to promoting mutual support, lifelong learning, networking opportunities and professional advancement for all members.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,000 students each year, 7,000 in for-credit programs and 4,000 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University 
      t: 604-983-7596
      c: 778.879.7119
      e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca