Capilano University welcomes three new members to its Board of Governors

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NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Soon Kim, chair of Capilano University’s Board of Governors, recently welcomed Mila Mattson, Carleen Thomas and Emily Gaudette to the Board.

Mila Mattson is a divisional supervisor for the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development at Capilano University. She previously worked in admissions, articulation and academic advising in CapU’s Registrar’s Office. Before that, Mattson held roles in student services at Simon Fraser University, Royal Roads University and the University of Winnipeg, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Mattson wants to ensure an optimal experiential learning environment for all Capilano University students. She is committed to student advocacy and success.

Carleen Thomas is the special projects manager for the Treaty, Lands & Resources department of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Recently, she worked on the Sacred Trust Initiative for TWN’s opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. Thomas obtained her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She has worked for the Burnaby and North Vancouver school districts as well as for the TWN educational department, and she currently sits on Burnaby School District’s Aboriginal Education Advisory. Thomas also served 16 years as an elected council member for the TWN. She spent one year on Capilano University’s Senate as an Indigenous representative and was appointed to the Board by the Lieutenant Governor for British Columbia.

Emily Gaudette is a third-year student pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Global Stewardship at Capilano University. This is her first term as a student representative on the University’s Board of Governors and on the Board of Directors with the Capilano Students’ Union. Gaudette’s passion for civic engagement has evolved through a lens of sustainability-driven social justice action. She will work to ensure current and future CapU students feel welcome, empowered and are afforded an equal opportunity to learn, grow and participate.

“We welcome the incoming members of the Board of Governors and thank the outgoing members for their volunteer service to Capilano University,” says Soon Kim, chair of the Board. “We have a diverse, experienced and dedicated Board that will uphold the good governance and stewardship of Capilano University.”

The Board of Governors directs the affairs of the University and sets policies in accordance with the University Act of British Columbia. The Board is responsible for the management, administration and control of property revenue, business and affairs of the University.

The Board of Governors is composed of 15 members: the chancellor; president; two faculty members elected by the faculty; eight individuals appointed by the Lieutenant Governor (two of whom are to be appointed from persons nominated by the alumni association); two elected students; and one person elected by non-faculty 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 enrols more than 10,000 students each year and offers 101 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. 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 territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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

Cheryl Rossi, Senior Communications Officer
Capilano University
t: 604 983 7596
c: 778 879 7119
e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca

Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi


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