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October 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Camosun College Fall Convocation Ceremony, 4pm to 7pm, Friday, October 28
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence at Interurban Campus, 4461 Interurban Rd.

Distinguished Alumnus 2011 Shelley Zapp

More than 1,500 graduates and guests are expected to attend Camosun College’s Fall 2011 Convocation Ceremonies this Friday, October 28, 4pm to 7pm, at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, at Camosun’s Interurban Campus.

Students will graduate from certificate, diploma and Bachelor programs in Access, Aboriginal Education, Arts and Science, Business, Health and Human Services, Trades and Technologies, and Sport Education.

Two major awards will be presented - the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal and the Camosun College 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award:

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal Recipient - Charlene Caldwell

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal is awarded each year to recognize the academic achievements and community contributions of a Camosun College graduate from a one-year or shorter program. This year’s recipient is Charlene Caldwell, awarded for her accomplishments in the Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management program. Caldwell also holds a Certificate in Management, a Diploma in General Business, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management and Leadership from the college. She also volunteered for several local charities and helped establish DECA Camosun, an international-wide business student club that promotes career development and civic consciousness. “I chose Camosun because of the amazing reviews especially surrounding the School of Business and the programs it offers,” says Caldwell. Currently working in restaurant management, Caldwell is now studying to get her Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP) and working toward her ultimate career goal of becoming a Human Resources Director. “Camosun gave me more than an education,” she adds. “It gave me experiences that I have learned and grown from. My teachers were more than teachers, they were mentors and they continue to be mentors for me. I have continued to connect with many of my teachers and they are the reason why I received the Lt. Governor’s Silver Medal award. I am proud to day that I am a Camosun College graduate.”

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Shelley Zapp, President, UNIT 4 Business Software

This year’s Camosun College Distinguished Alumnus is Shelley Zapp, a 1984 graduate of Camosun’s Diploma in Technology in Computing, Business Option program. After graduation, Zapp continued to increase her business skills, taking courses at Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria. She joined UNIT4 Business Software in 1999 as a systems developer and quickly rose to become President of the company, which is now a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading suppliers of business software. Zapp now oversees the company’s management and operations for North America. UNIT4, considered a major player in the enterprise software marketplace, has recently been awarded a $1.6 million contract with the City of Surrey to upgrade and improve their software systems. “Camosun taught me three great skills: technical, business and communication,” she says. “In my role as President, understanding technology, business and having good communication skills to present, run meetings and manage conflict, is invaluable when you’re the liaison between technologists and business groups. When I’m looking to hire new employees, I look to Camosun graduates because of these skills learned in the classroom.” When Shelley Zapp is not travelling the globe on business, she’s busy giving back to Camosun as a member of the Computer Systems Technology Advisory Board and is an active member of Victoria’s technology and business community.

Camosun College congratulates all of its Fall 2011 graduates and award recipients this year.

Camosun College’s Mission:

We build a better tomorrow by providing outstanding and relevant learning experiences, valued credentials, and life-long student success.

Contact:
Michelle Tinis
Communications & Advancement
Camosun College
T: 250-370-4626
E: tinis@camosun.bc.ca

Last updated: October 24, 2011 5:01 pm

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