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Royal Roads University honours changemaking women

October 26, 2017
Bridges for Women Society

Royal Roads University is proud to honour the achievements and contributions of two outstanding British Columbians and a transformative non-profit organization at its forty-second convocation Nov. 9, 2017. The university will recognize BC’s lieutenant governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC; British Columbia Institute of Technology President Kathy Kinloch and the Bridges for Women Society.

“It is a privilege to award our highest honours at this convocation to women changemakers in our province,” says Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads. “As a university committed to diversity and social action, we acknowledge the difference Kathy Kinloch, Her Honour Judith Guichon and the Bridges for Women team make in British Columbia and the central place women have in creating positive change throughout the world.”

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, lieutenant governor of British Columbia

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, is the 29th lieutenant governor of British Columbia and a lifelong advocate for sustainability. Her commitment to natural resource conservation and sustainable agriculture is inspired by her life and career as a rancher in the Nicola Valley in the interior of BC.

Prior to her appointment as lieutenant governor in 2012, Her Honour ran the Gerard Guichon Ranch north of Merritt, a 700-head cow and 700-head yearling operation. As a rancher and business owner, she practised and promoted holistic farming management and advocated for sustainable agriculture.

Her Honour’s long-standing connection to the land and recognition of the importance of biodiversity motivated her to establish the provincewide Stewards of the Future program to promote environmental awareness and stewardship among youth, among her many and varied activities.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Royal Roads University’s morning convocation ceremony Nov. 9. Read more about Her Honour.

Kathy Kinloch, president of British Columbia Institute of Technology

Over a 30-year career, Kathy Kinloch has shaped both the health-care system and post-secondary education in British Columbia. Kinloch is president of British Columbia Institute of Technology and also served as president of Vancouver Community College and as dean of health sciences at BCIT. She worked as a registered nurse before becoming vice-president of Surrey Memorial Hospital. She was one of the first chief operating officers of Fraser Health Authority and was a senior advisor at the BC Ministry of Health.

Kinloch holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Road University, as well as a Bachelor of Science with Distinction (Nursing) from the University of Alberta. Her accolades include a 2017 Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver and recognition as one of BC’s most influential women in 2015 and 2017 by BCBusiness.

Kathy Kinloch will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Royal Roads University’s afternoon convocation ceremony Nov. 9. Read more about Kathy Kinloch. 

Bridges for Women Society

The Bridges for Women Society has transformed thousands of lives by helping women who have been impacted by violence, trauma and neglect break the cycles of abuse through healing and employment. It has offered crisis intervention and advocacy, trauma counselling, mentoring and unique employment training programs for women in a safe, non-judgmental environment for nearly 30 years.

The first organization in Canada to recognize the effects of trauma on education and employability, Bridges helps women improve job readiness and build economic security, freeing them from the impacts of trauma and abuse. The Bridges team of counsellors, social workers and career practitioners draw on their extensive knowledge of the impacts of abuse on employability to provide education, training and consulting. They use trauma-informed principles in everything they do to ensure a healthy, violence-free place to heal.

Executive Director Victoria Pruden will accept the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award on behalf of the Bridges for Women Society at Royal Roads University’s afternoon convocation ceremony Nov. 9. Read more about Bridges for Women. 

Royal Roads University’s 42nd convocation will be held at the Royal Theatre on Nov. 9, 2017.