Susan Davidson will receive an honorary doctor of laws at KPU’s convocation ceremony on May 31.
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May 8, 2013
Susan Davidson to receive honorary doctor of laws at KPU’s convocation ceremony
(Metro Vancouver, BC) – On May 31, Susan Davidson, who has been at the forefront of the Lower Mainland’s organic agriculture sector for over 20 years, will receive an honorary doctor of laws during Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) convocation ceremony.
An entrepreneur, fundraiser, leader in her community and founder of Glorious Organics Cooperative, Davidson’s major priority and passion has been to grow the capacity of the organic agriculture sector in support of small-scale farms using sustainable practices. “I am so honoured to receive such distinguished recognition,” said Davidson. “Working together in education-industry-community partnerships is critical to deepening the resilient networks we need to feed our bodies and souls in these threatening times.”
“Ms. Davidson’s achievements in sustainable food production, her vision and hope for the future and her contributions to the local community are tremendously admirable,” said Dr. Alan Davis, president and vice-chancellor, KPU. “We are delighted to present this award to such a deserving leader.”
In the realm of organic food production, Davidson has developed a reputation as one of the foremost producers in the Fraser Valley, always providing her customers with the highest quality produce. As a leader in her field, the presence of her market tent is sought after by managers of Farmers Markets throughout the region. Davidson has also become a valiant supporter of the Farm Folk-City Folk Seeds project, mastering technical challenges to provide viable genetic material (seeds) for use by future generations.
Honorary degrees are awarded to those honoris causa (for the sake of honour) in recognition of dignified achievements or outstanding service to the public. Nominees are exceptionally distinguished: scholars, creative artists, public servants, persons prominent in the community and the professions, and others who have made significant contributions locally, nationally, or globally. Members of the community-at-large are invited to nominate honorary degree candidates.
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 more than 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit: kwantlen.ca.
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