Vancouver Island University board of governors chairman Mike Brown was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal following a recommendation by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada for his service to higher education.
“This medal recognizes outstanding Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community, their organization and the country,” said VIU chancellor Shawn Atleo.
Brown became involved with the university in 2000 through the VIU Foundation board where he served as chairman from 2006-07.
During that time the foundation helped to raise approximately $26 million for student scholarships, new teaching space and funding for VIU’s library.
In 2007, Brown joined the VIU board of governors, providing leadership in moving VIU forward during its transition from a university-college to a university.
During 2012, 60,000 Canadians from across the country and various walks of life will be recognized with the medal, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the queen’s reign.