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UFV to bestow honorary degree on John Jansen

John Jansen smiles, twisting the thick brassy ring on his right hand while casting kind eyes toward the Vedder River’s cold, fast waters. “It’s amazing how it all works out,” he says as the ring’s wide UFV logo catches light on a small corner of the 200-plus acres he helped acquire. “I think we’ve done […]

UFV to recognizes visionary entrepreneur Anthony von Mandl with honorary degree

Anthony von Mandl is an entrepreneur whose visionary efforts to transform British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley into a world-class wine-producing region have enhanced the reputation of Canadian wines and made the Okanagan a premiere tourism destination. In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments in winemaking, agriculture, tourism, and economic development, von Mandl will receive an honorary Doctor […]

Master carver Francis Horne Sr. to receive UFV honorary degree

Francis Horne Sr. is a world-renowned Coast Salish master carver whose stirring work has been represented in a range of top Vancouver galleries since his professional career started almost 50 years ago. For his sculpting legacy and his lifelong commitment to helping and healing others, Horne was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree […]

Canadian soccer star Sophie Schmidt to visit UFV Feb 8

One of Abbotsford’s star citizens will visit the University of the Fraser Valley on February 8 to share her experiences from the world of women’s soccer. UFV recognized Sophie Schmidt with an honorary doctorate at its Convocation ceremonies last June, but commitments with the Canadian women’s national soccer team prevented her from accepting it in […]

Linguist Strang Burton to speak on revitalizing Halq’eméylem at UFV on Jan 24

At its Convocation ceremonies last June, the University of the Fraser Valley conferred an honorary degree on Siyamiyateliyot Elizabeth Phillips, the last surviving fluent speaker of Upriver Halq’eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō people. Professional linguists have played a vital role in assisting community members and Elders such as Siyamiyateliyot in helping the Stó:lō to […]

Kim Bolan earns honorary degree for dedication to journalism

Fearless, compassionate and wildly determined, Kim Bolan is commonly counted among Canada’s top journalists. Her body of work is unparalleled, from covering arguably the biggest crime story in Canadian history to reporting on a gangster’s plan to kill her at home. For this and much more, Bolan will be recognized for her outstanding achievements with […]

UFV to honour hometown athlete Sophie Schmidt with honorary degree

Canadian women’s national soccer team veteran Sophie Schmidt won’t hit the big 3-0 in age until late June, but she has packed a lot into her first three decades. Three World Cups. Three Olympics. Two Olympic bronze medals. Numerous international qualifying tournaments. And it all started with backyard scrimmages with her two brothers and then […]