Saturday September 17, 2011

City Hall

In A Class All Her Own

City manager Stanton aces UVic program

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Karen Stanton receives certificate from Mayor Sharon Gaetz at the last council meeting.


hey knew Karen Stanton was brainy. They just didn't know how brainy until the City of Chilliwack Manager of Long Range Planning, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Department aced the University of Victoria 2011 Public Administration program, graduating at the top of her class.

The City wanted to acknowledge Stanton's accomplishment, so, at the September 6 council meeting, Mayor Sharon Gaetz took a moment to congratulate and present her with a certificate.

"Karen received the McRae Book Prize Award because she was a diploma student graduate with top marks for the 2011 academic year," said Gaetz.

Stanton received the award in local government management which is given to the top student graduating either from the diploma in Public Sector Management, or the diploma in the Local Government Management Program.

"I think this is really noteworthy because Karen not only puts in over her 40-hours every week here at the City, but she has two very young boys Nicholas and Christopher that she looks after, a husband Vaughan that she looks after, a yard, a house that she looks after and all the things that go with being a busy wife and mom."

Gaetz said they were all "very proud" of Stanton's commitment in achieving top marks.

"We knew that you were really smart and stuff, but to be the smartest in the class really says something, and so, your colleagues and council join with me in saying 'very well done, Mrs. Stanton.'"

John McCrae was a World War I veteran and brigade surgeon. He penned the inspiration poem In Flanders Fields after losing a close friend during the Second Battle of Ypres when Canadian troops suffered 6000 casualties in 48 hours.


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