The 2017 Chancellor’s Circle dinner on Thursday, January 19th, marked several milestones. Guests had the opportunity to meet Cap U’s new Chancellor, Dr. David Fung, who was installed at Convocation in June 2016, and new President, Paul Dangerfield, whose investiture took place in Fall 2016. Attendees were also introduced to Cap’s dynamic and colourful new brand.
The annual dinner recognizes and thanks Chancellor’s Circle donors for their generous support of Cap U. This year’s event was held in the University’s award-winning Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.
Building on the night’s theme of “Connecting through Experience,” the decor featured a huge “green screen” that brought the dinner guests into scenes from a variety of Cap U student experiences—from the mountains of Vietnam to the lofty interior of a European cathedral. Chancellor Fung delivered a heartfelt speech about his experiences studying and working in Canada after arriving from Hong Kong as a young man, eloquently conveying his commitment to experiential learning.
The Chancellor’s Circle is made up of individuals and organizations with lifetime giving of $25,000+. For more information about this important giving circle, please contact:
Awards & Stewardship Officer
Capilano University Foundation
What does the heart of student success look like? It’s an employee who finds tangible ways to show she cares and a student’s song of gratitude! Cap U recently acknowledged those employees who give not just their hearts but their financial support to students. In October, faculty and staff were treated to breakfast and a live performance by student bursary recipient, Kristie McCracken.
Kristie’s song shared just some of the gratitude she feels for the donors who’ve supported her while completing the Music Therapy program at Cap U. “If I could say one thing to the donor who provided this for me it would be: thank you. You gave me hope that hard work and determination pays off, and that there are people out there who help support others who have a dream.”
When asked about her thoughts on the event, Jennifer Greefhorst, a longtime employee donor, remarked, “The donor breakfast was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the other people on campus who also donate. It was a very special time as well as we got to listen to a fabulous musical performance from a student who benefitted directly from our donations. It is important to invest in people.”
Jennifer has been giving in support of Cap’s students for 20 years, most notably working to build an endowed award to support student athletes in her parents’ memory. “I think it is important to give as it is an expression of thankfulness…and it is a tangible way to show others that I care.” Jennifer’s dedication to supporting student success through her giving is what the recent celebration sought to recognize and encourage across all of our programs at Cap.
Are you an employee of Cap and want to support students to achieve their
educational goals? Find out how you can provide ongoing student support through
the Payroll Giving Program by contacting the Cap U Foundation.
Third-year Capilano IDEA School of Design student Maria Centola balances 12-hour days in the design studio with volunteer work at a local art gallery and a passion for calligraphy.
These characteristics earned her the Aaron Bolus Arts Award, named after Aaron Bolus, a former Capilano University student who passed away at the early age of 24.
On Thursday, April 30, 2015 Richard and Lily Bolus, who established the award in memory of their son, Aaron, attended Capilano's inaugural President's Spring Soiree at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, which was also attended by student award recipients like Maria.
The reception brought together more than 200 donors and student award recipients and provided an opportunity for students to show their appreciation and give their personal thanks, while also providing donors with an opportunity to see firsthand how their support is making a difference in the lives of current students.
Another donor at the Spring Soiree, Pat Quan, who established the Suzanne Lee Emergency Bursary name for her mother, says her award not only honours her mom's memory, but provides a way to help students who find themselves in difficult situations where a little financial help could be life-changing.
"My mom certainly would have related to that," says Pat. "Cap students are so inspiring and when "life' happens" they deserve a little help so they can move forward and change the world!"
Capilano would like to sincerely thank all the donors, students and volunteers who came together to celebrate student success.
Donors with lifetime giving of $25,000 and up.
Donors with lifetime giving of $5,000 and up.
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