Capilano University’s road to 2010
Before Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Olympic Games, Capilano University (then Capilano College) began exploring ways that it could involve its students in real-life learning experiences during the event. We closely examined how other post-secondary institutions in Olympic host cities participated in the past and we welcomed two visitors from Australia’s University of Western Sydney to share their institution’s experiences from Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games. Recognizing that it is our responsibility to create quality learning experiences for our students, not VANOC’s, Capilano University is focused on creating an academic legacy that will benefit our students, employees, institution and communities through a variety of means. These include creating learning opportunities, building the Olympic Games into our curricular mix, opening our three campuses up to social and cultural activities, and partnering with other businesses and organizations to get the maximum leverage out of our theme, Educate! Participate! Celebrate! By working with VANOC and our communities-at-large, we plan on using our expertise in language, special event management, volunteerism, international education, film, aboriginal activities and tourism to make the Olympics work for our vision, rather than the other way around. And through our efforts we believe that our students will be provided with a powerful life-altering experience that simply cannot be obtained from the classroom alone. — Shelley Kean Vancouver Sun, October 2006 Following is an outline of the path Capilano University has created since the initial announcement of Vancouver’s winning bid for the Games. July 2003 Vancouver is awarded the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Capilano University (then College) invites Ian Tait from Vancouver’s Olympic Bid committee to talk about how Cap can take advantage of the Games. Capilano University publishes congratulatory ads in local papers and sends a letter of congratulations to those who worked on the successful bid, as well as a letter to elected officials, First Nations leaders and community groups, offering our commitment to work on this once-in-alifetime opportunity.
August 2004 The provincial government announces the establishment of the British Columbia Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation (now LinkBC) to be located at the Squamish campus of Capilano College. The Centre works with the private sector, municipal governments and provincial ministries to expand tourism's role as an economic engine in the province. It will play a pivotal role in creating learning opportunities for B.C. post-secondary institutions during the 2010 Games. Sept. 2004 Capilano's accelerated First Nations Tourism Management Co-op diploma program at the Squamish campus is developed in partnership with the Squamish, Lil’wat, and Musqueam First Nations and the Spo7ez Society. A major focus of this program is to help these communities maximize the opportunities presented by the 2010 Olympics. Many graduates today are working at the Squamish/Lil’wat Cultural Centre or are involved in other 2010-related activities. An Olympic Lecture Series is created at the Squamish campus. Capilano helps to develop the 2010-inspired O-Zone Leadership Adventure program in Squamish. The program uses the vehicles of sport and outdoor recreation to instill the values of the Olympic movement in youth. February 2005 The District of North Vancouver holds a Mardi Gras festival in the Seymour watershed and receives support during the event from Capilano students. This is the first in a series of events for local residents that the District plans on holding in the lead-up to and during the Games. Sept. 2005 An Olympics committee at Capilano is created. It’s chaired by Casey Dorin, dean of Howe Sound and Tourism programs. The School of Business and the 2010 Commerce Centre collaborate to develop an innovative case study competition for Cap’s Business students. Students are judged by a panel of industry experts. The Tourism department works with students in the Aboriginal Youth Ambassador program, who will play an important role in 2010 cultural activities. October 2005 Conrad Ozog and Joe Relich, former director of International Affairs for the University of Western Sydney, visit the North Vancouver campus to present their experiences and lessons learned while working with their own Olympic committee. January 2006 A draft of potential initiatives for the University is drawn up.
February 2006 By invitation of the 2010 Commerce Centre, Casey attends the Turin Olympics to be involved with the B.C. Pavillion. He meets with educational providers in Italy to study how postsecondary institutions in that city deal with the Olympics. March 2006 A spring 2006 Creating Connections networking event is held at the North Vancouver campus, with a 2010 Olympics advertising competition. Keynote speaker is B.C. finance minister, Carole Taylor. April 2006 Capilano University is the first post-secondary institution in British Columbia to announce that it will extend its normal two-day reading break to 11 days during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. A media release is sent out and picked up by several newspapers. The Wellness committee holds a Walk to Whistler event for employees. May 2006 VANOC’s director of communications, Maureen Douglas, is invited to speak at convocation. She is joined by North Vancouver Paralympic athlete, Andrea Holmes. October 2006 Shelley Kean, Cap’s manager of Public Affairs, has an opinion piece published in the Vancouver Sun regarding Capilano’s path to 2010 and how it intends to involve its students and employees. This is in response to a letter that appeared previously in the paper questioning how VANOC was going to create and provide learning opportunities for students in British Columbia (see top). January 2007 VANOC approaches Capilano with a proposal for utilizing parking spaces at the North Vancouver campus during the Games. February 2007 Capilano student teams present on Olympic issues at the Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria. March 2007 Through collaboration between Tourism and Global Stewardship programs, a movie about the negative aspects of the Olympics, Five Ring Circus, is presented in Capilano’s Performing Arts Theatre. The director is on hand to speak with attendees. April 2007 Business students are involved in 2007 Creating Connections – student presentations and case studies with a 2010 focus. The Athletics Awards Banquet welcomes Nancy Lee, chief operation officer of the Olympic Broadcast Services Vancouver (OBSV), as the keynote speaker.
May 2007 World-renowned speaker, Robert M. Malina, gives a seminar at the North Vancouver campus on Growing, Maturation and Young Athletes. August 2007 VANOC’s Maureen Douglas attends a PD event and speaks to TREC and the University’s Olympics committee. September 2007 VANOC accepts six (out of 76) Capilano Performing Arts Theatre presentations for the February 2008 Cultural Olympiad. October 2007 Business and Tourism students attend a workshop on 2010 business opportunities at Capilano’s North Vancouver campus. November 2007 Capilano provides free meeting space at its Squamish campus for Olympic-related activities. January 2008 An innovative agreement between Capilano and Tourism Vancouver will provide students in Capilano’s 16-month Tourism Management Co-op diploma program with paid practicums with Tourism Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The students will assume leadership positions within Tourism Vancouver’s visitor services department, utilizing their skills to deliver and support exceptional spectator servicing at one of the many satellite visitor centres Tourism Vancouver will operate through the city during the Games. Continuing Education holds a Wheel Chair Dance seminar in the Sportsplex. April 2008 Tewannee Joseph, director, Four Host First Nations Secretariat, is the guest speaker at the Aboriginal Alumni Reunion. A University-wide letter, along with a brochure, is distributed to all Capilano employees, inviting them to contact the Olympic’s committee chair with suggestions on how they, students and the institution at large can learn, participate and celebrate in the 2010 experience. May 2008 Capilano signs an agreement with OBSV for paid student opportunities during the Games. The Broadcast Training program will offer students positions with OBSV in a variety of areas, allowing students to greatly enhance their education by exposure to both the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the world of broadcasting. The curriculympics initiative is started by Capilano University to stimulate the integration of 2010 Olympic topics, issues and examples into the curriculum. This project eventually evolves
into the 2010 Open Education Resources Legacy project that is now overseen by LinkBC. It will provide instructors at all B.C. institutions with easy access to information on the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as well as a platform for dialogue on exchanging ideas. June 2008 Business instructor, Graham Fane, develops the Current Issues in Business project with curriculum development for the 2010 Games and other global events. This project involves the development and delivery of two current issues courses in the BBA program that deal with global events, such as the Olympic/Paralympic Games. In addition to examining the economic, social and legacy impacts of global events, the course plans to integrate a study abroad component. The goal is to provide our BBA students with a meaningful and thorough analysis of the impact of global events, as well as an opportunity to be engaged with the Olympics in a meaningful way. June/July 2008 Catherine Vertesi, vice president of Education, Management and International programs, works with provincial partners to have several Capilano students work at Canada Place Pavillion at the Beijing Summer Games. Terry Hood, general manager of LinkBC Network, and Lynn Jest, Continuing Education director, attend to promote provincial and Capilano programs and to build relationships. September 2008 Through Catherine Vertesi, Capilano establishes a relationship with the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and invites Brandon Crimes to present in North Vancouver on the 2012 Olympics. Terry Hood works to develop educational synergies between learning opportunities related to the 2010 and 2012 Games. MOU developed between LinkBC network and the Higher Education Academy: Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network (20+ universities). October 2008 Approximately 185 students attend a seminar by OBSV at the North Van campus to learn about opportunities available during the Games. Capilano University partners with VANOC in an innovative Community Contributor program. The initiative is designed to provide opportunities for students and employees when Vancouver welcomes the world in 2010. Through the Community Contributor program, Capilano University will provide parking spaces to VANOC as part of a value-in-kind agreement. People attending events will park at Capilano’s North Vancouver campus as part of a Park and Ride program. In addition, some students and employees will participate in co-op, volunteer internship and partnership opportunities with VANOC. Capilano will also receive a wide range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the Games, including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities. A partnership is formed between Capilano University and Tourism Whistler. The agreement will provide students in Capilano’s 16-month Destination Resort Management diploma program with a paid practicum with Tourism Whistler during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games. Students will assume leadership positions within the visitor services departments at both Tourism Whistler and Tourism Vancouver. November 2008 Shoshana Somerville, Student Employment coach, works in partnership with VANOC and others to provide a central clearing house for 2010 employment opportunities for Capilano students. Through VANOC’s Community Contributor program, all Cap students and faculty receive a volunteering code, providing them with priority access to submit applications for consideration. VANOC’s Anne Duthy attends the Tourism/Business alumni event to talk about the Olympics and Sustainability. December 2008 Thirty-five students from Cap’s Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership programs are trained as biathlon and ski jump officials (level 1 official certificate) at Callaghan Valley, site of several 2010 Olympic events. This will allow them to work at the venue if they choose during the Games. Fifteen of these students choose to continue this training into a selective skill and serve as volunteers at the Continental Cup Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined event in December 2008. Students worked in a variety of roles, including landing zone preparation, equipment check, athlete hosting and runners, bringing competition information from judges to marshals and coaches. Outdoor Rec student, Matt Little, received a five-month paid practicum at the Whistler Olympic Park and is working in Operations, performing grooming, snow making, venue preparation, etc. for the five World Cup events happening this winter. LinkBC project proposal, E-Legacies Resource Hub: bringing the 2010 Games into the classroom, receives final approval through the BC Campus online program development fund. January 2009 Recruitment begins in Vancouver for Tourism Vancouver work opportunities. Thirty-five Capilano students apply. Successful applicants will receive full-time paid positions during the summer of 2009, as well as during the 2010 Olympics. February 2009 Two Theatre students fill in for VANOC’s Olympic mascots. The Capilano University Foundation publishes a full page ad in the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers that carries VANOC’s Community Contributor logo. It offers 2010 Games tickets as prizes to alumni who respond to a call to reconnect to Capilano. Sixty-eight Capilano students apply to train with OBSV. Capilano has a strong response rate compared with other institutions its size. Interviews begin in April 2009. Three more events at Capilano are confirmed for the second part of the Cultural Olympiad, February to March 31, 2009.
Capilano has one spot in the Torch Relay, which will go to a student. A committee is working on how that student will be selected. He/she will be announced at the President’s Circle Breakfast in December 2009. Susan Doig, Environment and Sustainability manager, explores sustainability issues and opportunities with VANOC. The goal is to achieve a “Sustainability Star” designation to recognize partner sustainability innovations in economic, environmental and social initiatives. The Tourism and Outdoor Recreation department develops an Olympic wiki on the TREC website. This social network is used to post comments about 2010 activities. Five students from Cap’s Destination Resort Management Co-op diploma program land full-time paid co-ops at Tourism Whistler for the summer of 2009, where they will continue to work once a month throughout the fall. After graduating in December, all five will receive two- to fourmonth contracts with Tourism Whistler that will see them working in leadership roles at the largest event in the world – the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. March 2009 VANOC attends a First Nations Student Employment Fair at the North Vancouver campus, coordinated by Capilano’s First Nations advisor, David Kirk. Capilano University alumnus, Rick Celebrini, was named chief therapist for the 2010 Olympics. Rick’s role includes overseeing the physiotherapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, acupuncturists and massage therapists for all of the sport and non-sport venues and the two Olympic villages. Rick came to Cap in 1985, taking two years of university transferable Science courses, as well as participating on the men’s soccer team. He went on to complete a Physiotherapy degree at UBC. Jordan Kallman, a Tourism and Outdoor Rec grad, has been named the manager of Village Plaza and Events for the 2010 Games. E-Legacies and Link BC sign an MOU with an educational consortium from the UK. June 2009 VANOC introduces its sustainability pledge. Capilano responds with plans to hold several green initiatives and a Passport to Olympic Venues wellness initiative for employees. July 2009 Cap U Studio Art grad, Jasyn Lucas from the Mathias Columb Cree Nation, is one of 90 up-andcoming Aboriginal artists taking part in the Venues Aboriginal Arts program. Discussions begin with the Russian embassy to be involved in the Sochi 2014 Games, developing connections between Canada-Russia higher education institutions. Turn Out the Lights; Let the Games begin green initiative launched at Cap.
Intern confirmed from London to join Cap’s E-legacies project. September 2009 September 24 is 2010 Day at Capilano University Vancouver businessperson, Arthur Griffiths, visits the University to help launch its course on Olympic studies (BADM322). Arthur is an alumnus of the Capilano University Business program, receiving his diploma in Finance in 1978. In his role as chair of the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Bid Society, Arthur helped to bring the 2010 Winter Olympics to the region. Fifty-two students from a variety of Capilano programs are hired by Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver (OBSV) for the Broadcast Training Program for the 2010 Olympic Games. They will fill positions as camera assistants, audio assistants, liaison officers and runners. November 2009 Steve Dawson is confirmed at Capilano University as part of the Cultural Olympiad on March 13 and 14. He will perform a tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks. An estimated 200 Capilano University students are hired to work at departure hubs located at the North Vancouver and Squamish campuses. This will put approximately $300,000 into their pockets, which can be used towards tuition, fees and living expenses. 375 scarves are ordered with the Olympic logo and Capilano University logo. These will be distributed to people who will commit to supporting our torch bearer on her run on February 10. A Paralympic information and demonstration day is planned by a group of Capilano University employees who work in the Human Resources department. It was held on Friday, November 27 in the cafeteria at noon. The event is planned in conjunction with VANOC to provide the University community with an overview of the Paralympic Games and to provide a demonstration of some specialized equipment. A special double-page community report will run in seven community newspapers in December and January, focusing on Cap’s connection to the 2010 Winter Games. Ten people are profiled who are former or current Cap students and employees. These profiles will also appear on the University’s homepage as web spotlight features, and will also appear throughout the North Vancouver campus as life-size posters. They will also run in a special supplement produced by the North Shore News during the Games. Capilano University, LinkBC and TRU are invited to be featured speakers at a conference in Sochi, Russia. The topic of their presentation is Professional Training and Development for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games: Problems and Prospects. LinkBC and Capilano University meet with LOCOG in London to discuss the future of the eLegacies project.
TREC students start a pre-Olympic survey in partnership with Park Royal Mall. They will also do a post-Olympic survey. The fall convocation address is given by Rick Celebrini, a Capilano University-Level Arts and Science alumnus (1987). Rick is working as VANOC’s Manager of Medical Services and Therapy for the 2010 Winter Games. 2009 Pan American badminton champion, Anna Rice, appeared at Capilano University on December 5 as part of a Right to Play initiative. Anna was joined by Capilano University’s international Chinese star Refeng “Jackie” Ruan, who recently moved to Canada from China. Anna is part of an international team of Olympic, Paralympic and professional athletes who help raise awareness and funding for Right to Play projects. Right to Play uses sport and play programs to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease. It has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Continuing Education is collaborating with DFAIT’s Youth Mobility Program to bring 120 youth (primarily from Mexico, Japan and Korea) for three weeks of training that will allow them to have well paid jobs during the Games through VANOC.