Kwantlen awards Christine Brodie honorary degree

Christine Brodie and Kwantlen Polytechnic University president Alan Davis outside convocation ceremonies last week. Brodie received an honorary degree from Kwantlen. - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Christine Brodie and Kwantlen Polytechnic University president Alan Davis outside convocation ceremonies last week. Brodie received an honorary degree from Kwantlen.
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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has awarded Richmond's Christine Brodie with an honorary degree for her commitment to the community, the school announced Monday.

Brodie, wife of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, is among four distinguished individuals recognized by Kwantlen during spring convocation ceremonies last week.

"Honorary degrees recognize outstanding achievement and public service," said Kwantlen president Alan Davis, in a news release. "Those we honour this year have, in different ways, made significant and positive contributions to Canadian life."

Christine Brodie recently retired from the Richmond School District, working as a district consultant and community outreach worker.

She began her career as a classroom teacher. In 1995 she helped establish the Richmond School District Community Outreach Services program, which seeks to engage the five per cent of local children and youth who face barriers in attending school. Through her work she helped support over 300 young people return to school and learning. She also made it her mission to help stop sexual exploitation of youth.

In a recent interview with The Review, Brodie spoke of her love for working with youth.

"My passion is learning and supporting students of all ages and all abilities to find their personal strengths to pursue their goals. Facilitating success is so exciting when youth and young children finally discover their talents," she said.

A master of arts graduate from California State University in 1971, Brodie's commitment to Richmond also shows itself outside of the school district. She has served as chair of SUCCESS, a charity that supports new immigrants, and is president-elect of Richmond Sunrise Rotary. She has also served on numerous other boards, including the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation board, with which she has spent 10 years.

Also awarded honorary degrees: David Aisenstat, president and CEO of Keg Restaurants; Joanne Curry, associate vice-president of external relations for Simon Fraser University; and Baltej Singh Dhillon, head of the RCMP's Federal Serious and Organized Crime intelligence unit and the first RCMP member permitted to wear a turban.

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