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Media Release
Release Date: June 17, 2019

The Camosun College Board of Governors has elected Laylee Rohani as their new Chair. Rohani assumes the role from Ron Rice, effective Aug. 1, 2019.

“I’m delighted to welcome Laylee as the new Board Chair, while acknowledging the incredible dedication and commitment by Ron during his time on the Board,” says Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “Looking ahead, we remain committed to enhancing and creating life-changing learning opportunities for students, working towards sustainable practices and fostering amazing student experiences.”

Rohani was appointed to the Board on July 31, 2014 and has served as Vice Chair since Jan. 1, 2018. Born in Victoria, Rohani is a lawyer with Cook Roberts LLP and practices primarily in the areas of business law, real estate, as well as estate planning and administration.

“Camosun College is an incredible post-secondary institution with a well-deserved reputation for fostering student growth and responding to the economic and social needs of our province,” says Rohani. “Continuing to serve on the Board as Chair with the support of my colleagues is a great honour. I’d like to thank Ron for his support and leadership over the years.”

Ron Rice was appointed to the Board on July 31, 2013 and began as Chair on Jan. 1, 2018 after serving as Vice-Chair since September 2015. Rice is a member of Cowichan Tribes and has lived in Victoria on and off for more than 25 years. He works as the Executive Director of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

During his term, Camosun made many advances including the construction of the new Alex and Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness, which is expected to open later this year. Under his leadership, the college enhanced its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy; delivered a charter than embeds the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to actions into the college’s Indigenization Plan, and is well on its way to developing a new campus master plan.

“It’s been an incredible honour to serve all of the students, faculty and staff at Camosun College both as a Board member and Chair,” says Rice. “I would also like to recognize the contributions of the other Board members during our journey together, including my colleague Laylee Rohani who will take over as Chair.”

Two new Board members are expected to be appointed shortly.

Camosun College is a public post-secondary institution. The Board of Governors administers the college on behalf of the B.C. Government and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training as legislated by the College and Institute Act.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Rodney Porter
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Camosun College
250-889-7494 | PorterR@camosun.ca

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Outgoing Board chair Ron Rice with incoming chair Laylee Rohani (left) and Camosun College President Sherri Bell (right)

Last updated: June 17, 2019 10:01 am

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