Founding UNBC faculty member and Forestry Professor Kathy Lewis was honoured recently with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Lewis was presented with the award by UNBC President George Iwama during an event in mid December at the Prince George Campus to recognize employee service at UNBC.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal also serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. “Dr. Lewis has excelled at teaching, research, and service both to UNBC, and to the Province of BC,” says Dr. Iwama. “She is an exceedingly well-regarded and talented academic, who has excelled in the classroom and had a significant impact of the teaching of her subject across Canada, and her research has been acknowledged as critical for BC’s economic well-being in the forest sector.”
Dr. Lewis was not notified prior to the event that she had been nominated for the award. “It came as a complete shock. I thought there must have been another ‘Kathy Lewis’ present who was being honoured,” says Dr. Lewis, who is a professor at UNBC as well as a Registered Professional Forester and a previous recipient of BC’s Forester of the Year award. “I would like to thank the University for this Award and Dr. Iwama for taking the time to present me with this honour.”
By Hanna Petersen