KPU Builds team receives the Vancouver Giants Medal of Valor

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KPU Builds Team
KPU Builds team members receive the Vancouver Giants Medal of Valor on March 10, 2013

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March 27, 2013

KPU Builds team receives the Vancouver Giants Medal of Valor

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Builds team received the Vancouver Giants Medal of Valor in recognition of their humanitarian efforts of building homes in Fiji. The team was presented this award on March 10, 2013, at home ice against the Prince George Cougars.

"KPU Builds is thrilled and honoured to be recognized by the Vancouver Giants by receiving their Medal of Valor,” said Noelia Kostur, KPU Builds team member. “It's great to know we are supported by our community and we're grateful for their help in raising awareness about our cause."

This year, the KPU Builds team will venture to Lautoka, Fiji, and help in the construction of a community as part of the Habitat for Humanity Canada - Global Village initiative. This not only includes the building of 28 homes for the residents, but also the development of a self-governing and sustainable way of life for the community as a whole. To date, the KPU Builds team has raised over $32,000.

"Receiving an award like this and having an organization like the Vancouver Giants recognize the work we are doing is very special,” said Matt Law, KPU Builds team member. “Getting the word out about KPU Builds can be difficult. The recognition and support we have received from organizations like the Giants and Kwantlen Polytechnic University makes a big difference to us reaching our goals."

The Vancouver Giants Medal of Valor recognizes local heroes in our communities. Recipients of the medal are chosen for any one of the following reasons: they are an outstanding example of a community leader, they have taken initiative in the community, they volunteer, they contribute to the community, or are a local hero. For more information visit,  

The KPU Builds team was formed in 2012, by Iman Ghahremani (Habitat for Humanity Canada). The team is comprised of numerous award-winning and distinguished students across a wide range of disciplines and volunteer experiences from within the KPU community. In addition to the student team, KPU Builds also consists of university instructors and administrators to ensure an educational component is provided.

To learn more about KPU Builds visit,

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 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 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


For more information about KPU Builds team contact:
Iman Ghahremani
Project Team Leader, Habitat for Humanity Canada
Tel: 604.771.5508

For more information on KPU contact: 
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196