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June 13, 2013

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts to receive Honorary Degree

Mayor Watts to be honored at JIBC Convocation June 19, 2013

Justice Institute of British Columbia will present Dianne Watts, Mayor of the City of Surrey, with a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, during the Institute’s spring Convocation on June 19, 2013.

The honorary degree recognizes Mayor Watts' commitment, passion and dedication to creating a safer and healthier community, according to Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President & CEO.

“Under her leadership and inspiration, the City of Surrey has effectively partnered with numerous stakeholders from  across the community as well as all three levels of government to implement innovative crime prevention programs," said Dr. Tarko.

"The Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy has met with overwhelming success and has become a model for cities throughout the world to aspire to. Ms. Watts is most deserving of this year’s honorary degree,” he said.

Dianne Watts was first elected as Mayor of Surrey in 2005 after serving nine years on City Council. She was re-elected for her third term in 2011.

In 2009, Mayor Watts was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and was recently awarded the 2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver's Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit and Public Service category.

JIBC confers honorary degrees to recognize people who have made significant contributions to public and community safety.

At the Convocation ceremony, in addition to recognizing Ms. Watts, President Tarko and JIBC Board of Governors Chair Doug Eastwood will confer certificates, diplomas and degrees upon over 150 graduates from JIBC’s three schools: Community & Social Justice; Public Safety & Security; and Health Sciences.

The ceremony will be held in the Gymnasium at the New Westminster Campus, beginning at 2pm.

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