For nearly 50 years the North Shore and its surrounding communities have provided extraordinary support to Capilano University.

Surprise Gift Provides a Boost to CapU Health Care Assistant Students

A little extra sunshine visited the Sunshine Coast campus of CapU on Thursday, January 19, when the Hopkins Branch of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary presented a generous surprise gift to CapU's Health Care Assistant (HCA) students. Each of the 20 students at the Sechelt campus received $100 toward their studies.

"What an amazing group of people!" said one recipient. "I feel like they are invested in and supportive of us as HCA students." Another said, "We have had a very challenging week and this unexpected gift makes it end on a high note."

Thank you to the Hopkins Branch for their generous support of CapU's HCA students!

Investors Group Joins the CapU Family with Creation of New Bursary

Capilano University and Investors Group both have a long history of attracting ambitious people who care about their communities. So it felt like a natural fit when Tod Woodward, Regional Director of Investors Group - Greater Vancouver North approached the CapU Foundation to find out how they could help support business students to reach their full potential.

"We know how important financial support can be to post-secondary students," said Woodward about the new Investors Group Bursary. "We wanted to provide Cap students with a financial boost to allow them to complete their education and further their development into industry-ready professionals."

The Investors Group Bursary will be available beginning in the 2016/17 academic year for students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The CapU Foundation thanks Investors Group for choosing Capilano University students as one of its newest investments in the community, supporting some of the best and brightest BC has to offer through the new bursary.

CFUW-West Vancouver Gift Recognizes Outstanding Students in Early Childhood Care & Education

Thanks to a generous gift from the Canadian Federation of University Women – West Vancouver (CFUW-WV) directed to CapU's department of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), the department was able to present CapU bookstore gift certificates to two outstanding ECCE students, Katelyn McLellan and Natalie McTavish

McLellan and McTavish have excelled in their studies while co-chairing the ECCE Club on campus for two years, planning a number of campus-wide events that have raised awareness of early childhood education as a profession committed to improving the lives of children and families.

The CFUW-West Vancouver's gift came from individual donations from members as well as club fundraising efforts that include participation in Thrifty Foods' Smile Card Program, which donates 5% of purchases by a nonprofit to a charity they designate.

"CFUW-West Vancouver is very pleased to offer this support to these future ECCE teachers and leaders," said Eleanor Scarth, chair of the CFUW-WV's Education Awards Committee, "because CFUW has been advocating for years at the provincial and national level for universal, quality, affordable, accessible early childhood care and education".

CapU Food Vendor Provides Food and Funding for Students

CapU's new food services vendor, Chartwells, doesn't just serve up lunch – they believe in the power of students to initiate positive change. And as part of their commitment to CapU, they've created several exciting opportunities for students to receive support in their studies and beyond.

Thanks to this newest member of our CapU community, students will now benefit from three new $1000 awards. The Chartwells Award for Environmental and Sustainable Achievement will support students involved in environmental and sustainability issues. The Chartwells Indigenous Entrance Award will provide financial assistance to First Nations students who are beginning their studies at CapU, and the Chartwells Student Achievement and Community Involvement Scholarship will recognize students with high academic achievement who are involved in their communities.

In addition to the new awards that celebrate student achievements, Chartwells has also generously committed an additional $2,000 in support to students with financial need through the Chartwells Bursary. And to top it off – a CapU student was recently awarded one of three $5,000 Chartwells Campus Project grants offered each year across Canada for student projects relating to food sustainability. Fourth-year Tourism Management student Ben Glassen submitted the winning project, a creative and sustainable way to grow vegetables using fish waste as fertilizer.

Reportex Agencies Launches Bursary Support for Paralegal Students

Reportex Agencies looks to remove barriers and empower students to enjoy a successful career in the litigation industry who otherwise might not have had the chance.

Every year Reportex Agencies gives a holiday gift to the assistants and paralegals who book with them. Owner Christy Pratt says it's not just a way to tell clients "thanks for the business," it's a way to acknowledge the hard work they do which often goes unappreciated. Recently, Reportex decided to rethink the way they spend the holiday gift money and provide something that will make a real impact in people's lives: an annual $5,000 bursary to support student paralegals at CapU.

"Many of our clients have become close friends of mine over the years," says Pratt, "and many of them have talked about how many barriers they experienced during their education. We hope this gift can remove some of those barriers and empower students to enjoy a successful career in the litigation industry who otherwise might not have had the chance. No one should have to make a choice between getting an education and putting food on the table."

The CapU Foundation is grateful for the support of corporate partners like Reportex Agencies that help us ensure students can achieve their dreams.

Capilano Students' Union Makes Major Gift to Support Student Leaders

Hundreds of CapU students contribute to the ‘Cap Experience' by volunteering their time to enrich student life for their peers. Now the Capilano Students' Union wants to ensure they are recognized for their efforts. Those dedicated students now have a chance to be recognized through a new award established by the Capilano Student's Union (CSU).

The Capilano Students' Union Engagement Award, supported by an endowed gift of $25,000, will provide annual awards for students with outstanding involvement in campus activities. Whether it is spearheading events for recreation or dedicating time for campus-wide sustainability projects, student volunteers play a major role in building the Cap community for their peers – and will now be recognized for their dedication. "There are many student volunteers who tirelessly give their time to improving the student experience at Capilano," says Zach Renwick, CSU's President and Vice-President of Internal Development. "We hope this award will help encourage more of the student body to get involved."

Find out how you can support student achievements through scholarships, awards and bursaries by contacting the CapU Foundation.

Boston Pizza Esplanade Helps Students Take a Bite Out of Debt

Starting in September 2015, CapU students will benefit from a program launched by Boston Pizza's lower Lonsdale location to help address growing student debt.

When you dine at Boston Pizza Esplanade, simply write "CAPU" on the back of your food receipt and Boston Pizza will direct 10% of your total bill to support student bursaries at CapU.

Needless to say, former CapU students are excited. "I feel honoured to know that I am a part of a team that is helping give this opportunity to students. The more supporters of this program, the more students we can help as a community," says Kevin Ramirez, a CapU alumnus and Boston Pizza Esplanade employee.

The Boston Pizza bursary program for CapU students will be running the entire school year. Please help us take a bite out of student debt by visiting Boston Pizza – Esplanade today and writing "CAPU" on the back of your dining receipt.

CapU and Corporate Partners Welcome New Students

The CapU Street Party (CUSP) for new student orientation returned for its second year on Tuesday, September 8, welcoming over 2000 new students to campus. The year's event was extra special because of the support of our Presenting Sponsor Coast Capital Savings and Supporting Sponsors car2go Vancouver and Mount Seymour Resorts!

CapU's amazing welcome to new and returning students included live entertainment, food trucks, games, and a way for students to connect with the clubs, activities, and local businesses that will support them during their time at CapU.

Some partner highlights:

  • Coast Capital Savings shared with students some money-saving tips for surviving the school year.
  • Car2go Vancouver informed students how they can go from A to B with a Car2go while saving money and helping the environment.
  • Mt. Seymour Resorts highlighted one of the best parts of being a North Shore student (hint: class to ski-lift in under 30 minutes!)

Former Employee Leaves Lasting Gift

Capilano University recently received a generous gift from the estate of former Capilano University staff member Nadine Bruce. Ms. Bruce was a dedicated employee who served on Senate and worked in CapU's Registrar's Office. Ms. Bruce's gift creates a legacy that will assist Cap's students far into the future. If you have any questions about planned and future giving to Capilano University, please contact Jennifer Wilson, Manager, Development.

Neil Brown, Capilano Changemaker

The Neil Brown Speakers' Series was made possible by a generous gift from CapU alumnus and President's Circle member Neil Brown and wife Ruth. The series was created to encourage dialogue on pressing political and environmental matters on campus. In June 2015, the Series investigated the future of BC's energy industry and the controversial Site C dam project in BC's Peace River Valley.

Cardiac Rehab group establishes new bursary

Thanks to a tip from a neighbour that works at CapU, David Warren of the North Shore Cardiac Rehabilitation Group knew just where to go when the group wanted to create a bursary to honour their long-time exercise instructor, Linda Bakk, and support CapU students studying exercise science or rehabilitation therapies.

North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation

The North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation donated $18,000 to Capilano University to help fund a naturalized playground for the Children's Centre and provide emergency bursaries for students.


Fiona Kelly, Executive Director of Retire-At-Home Services, North Shore, wanted to deepen the elder care company's connections with the North Shore healthcare community. The Retire-at-Home Bursary to support CapU's Health Care Assistant (HCA) students was the perfect solution. "I have already learned so much about the HCA program at Cap," says Fiona. "It is good to know that we are training first-class HCAs right here on the North Shore."

Maebritte Jeffels Bursary

A retired nurse deeply committed to healthcare, Maebritte Jeffels knows a good health care assistant when she sees one. In the two years, she has resided at Evergreen House at Lions Gate Hospital, Mrs. Jeffels has had the opportunity to meet a number of CapU's Health Care Assistant (HCA) students and has been very impressed with their calibre. The Maebritte Jeffels Bursary will support future HCA students at CapU.

Rick Antonson Tourism Bursary

When Rick Antonson, a 2011 Capilano University honorary degree recipient, announced he would retire as President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, the organization decided to create a bursary in honour of his twenty-plus years of leadership. The Rick Antonson Tourism Bursary assists students enrolled in global and community studies, including programs in tourism and outdoor recreation.

BlueShore Financial Business Award

Continuing its long-standing relationship with CapU, BlueShore Financial has created the new BlueShore Financial Business Award to support students enrolled in business studies who are actively engaged in their campus and community. Alan Haigh, Ashley McCallum and Jason Hundle are BlueShore employees with proud ties to CapU. Currently Senior Manager of the Business Group, Alan studied at Capilano University 20 years ago. As the Chair of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Alan continues to have a close relationship with the University. He values its focus on providing "employment-ready" grads.