November 15, 2012 - 6:23am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 15, 2012

NANAIMO, BC - Vancouver Island University Dean of Education Dr. Harry Janzen received an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Canadian Education Association (CEA) for his extensive work as an educator over the past 35 years.

The award was presented to Janzen at the CEA’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto recently.

“With his longstanding commitment to public education, and his leadership in preparing the next generation of teachers to provide a classroom environment for deep meaningful learning among our students, Dr. Harry Janzen brings an invaluable perspective to CEA's Council that merited an Honorary CEA Lifetime Membership,” said CEA President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Canuel.

Janzen said he was “surprised and humbled” to receive the CEA recognition.

He started his career in Port Hardy as a music teacher, then served as a teacher and principal in the Okanagan and Shuswap. He moved to Port Alberni as a high school principal and served as district superintendent for 10 years.

Janzen is former president of the BC School Superintendent’s Association, and former chair of the BC Deans of Education.

“I have always believed that education is a critical factor in achieving social equity and justice in society,” Janzen said. “I love teaching. I still teach in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program at VIU. It keeps me grounded.”

Earlier in his career, Janzen was awarded the distinguished service award by the BC School Superintendents Association.

The CEA award recognizes his lifetime contribution to education “which makes it extra special,” said Janzen.


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