President Steenkamp installed as Royal Roads president
The installation of Philip Steenkamp as Royal Roads University president during convocation ceremonies on Tuesday, June 18 was covered by CFAX 1070, CBC Radio's On the Island, Black Press and Times Colonist.
Here is an excerpt from the Times Colonist article:
In his installation speech, Steenkamp spoke of how Royal Roads needs to be a university that asks ‘not just “what’s next” but what should be next.’
‘There’s nothing quite like us anywhere. We’re small and focused: providing undergraduate and graduate programs in applied and professional areas. We take our cues from the demands of the labour market and the lifelong learning needs of our community,’ he said.
An excerpt from the CFAX 1070 interview:
‘I’m honoured and humbled by the trust that people have put in me to take on this role as the fourth president,’ said President Steenkamp.
‘I’ve always been interested in Royal Roads because it’s a different place. It’s much smaller than some of the institutions that I’ve worked at, but it focuses on professional and applied programs, and it focuses on meeting the demands of the labour market and also serving the lifelong learning needs of the community in general.’
An excerpt from the Black Press article, which also gave details of the day's honorary degree recipient, Hereditary Chief Burt XEMXIMELEḴ Charles:
Charles has exemplified the values of leadership and reconciliation for more than 60 years, and has been been a tireless advocate for Indigenous Peoples not only on his traditional lands, but on the national stage as well. Charles was first elected to the Scia'new Council in 1958, then as Chief in 1967, a position he held for more than 20 years. He also helped form the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in 1969, and was officially recognized as Hereditary Chief of the Scia’new Nation in 1972. Charles, who built the Cheanuh Marina and Campground, was a driving force in obtaining the right to hold a mortgage and obtain Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation insurance, road improvements and fishing rights for Indigenous peoples.