Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin will be awarded honorary degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) on June 1st for the citizenship, sportsmanship, civility, respect, and care they demonstrate both on and off the ice in their adopted province of British Columbia.
"I'm a Canucks fan, and it goes without saying the Sedins are exceptionally skilled players whose leadership, talent and hard work give the Canucks an edge that is unparalleled," said KPU president and vice-chancellor Dr. Alan Davis. "But what people may not know about the Sedins is that they demonstrate the same integrity and selflessness off the ice through their service to their communities, and in particular to children in those communities."
The Sedins will receive their honorary degrees from KPU President Dr. Alan Davis and Chancellor George Melville. Following the convocation at 11:30 a.m., the Sedins will be available to the media by request.
The Sedins support a number of local charities, most notably the Canucks For Kids Fund and its core beneficiaries including Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Canucks Autism Network, and BC Children's Hospital. Through the Canucks Family Education Centre, the Sedins and their families have assisted the hundreds of students by giving their time and financial support.
In addition to their community work with the Canucks, the Sedin Family Foundation was established by Henrik and his wife Johanna, and Daniel and his wife Marinette Sedin to celebrate people, recognize achievement and support children's health, education and family wellness. The Foundation works with schools, community groups and social service agencies to identify needs and find creative and unique ways to make a difference for children and families throughout British Columbia.
"We are proud to present these degrees to Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and now count them among our alumni as they are examples of everything that is good in people," added Dr. Davis.
Honorary degrees are awarded to those honoris causa in recognition of dignified achievements or outstanding service to the public. Members of the university community and the community at large are invited to nominate candidates. Nominees are exceptionally distinguished scholars, creative artists, public servants, prominent people in the community and the professions, and others who have made significant contributions locally, nationally or globally.
About Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses-Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley-offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at kpu.ca.
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