Kwantlen is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Sun, Jan 22, 2012

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Kwantlen is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

METRO VANCOUVER, BC – (January 23, 2012) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Alumni Association (KPUAA) is pleased to announce the seven outstanding finalists for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has nearly 40,000 alumni and the Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually to those who have enhanced the reputation of the University through their outstanding career, public and community service, athletic, arts and culture, or academic achievements.

This year's finalists are:

Community and Public Service category:

  • Kim Baird, Chief of Tsawwassen First Nations
  • Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Co-Founder, Grace Rwanda Society
  • DJ Lam, Operations Manager, Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society

Business and Industry category:

  • Jack Fox, Senior Programmer, Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC
  • Gozde Hilmi, Director of HR, BackCheck
  • Shane King, Incorporated Partner, KNV Chartered Accountants LLP

"KPUAA has shortlisted qualified candidates and is thrilled to present the finalists for the 2012 Awards," said Jeff Norris, executive director of the KPUAA. "A committee of alumni, KPUAA directors, faculty and staff will be meeting in the coming weeks to make recommendations for the 2012 award winners."

The 2012 Award recipients will be announced at Kwantlen's 30th Anniversary Gala and Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner taking place on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond.

Kristan Ash, KPUAA chair mentioned, ‘It is the first event of this scale being led by the Alumni Association and we want to invite alumni and community members to join us for this celebration. Tickets are available through the University's website and we encourage you to attend this exciting event."

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting the continued success of Kwantlen alumni by providing them with valuable programs and initiatives; it aims to raise awareness of the value of higher education and make a positive impact on society locally and beyond.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for more than 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information on the Kwantlen Alumni Association, visit: or contact:
Jeff Norris
Chief Advancement Officer

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Nicole Lotz
Manager, Marketing and Communications