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BCCIE awards Margaret Froese from SFU’s Office of International Education with International Education Lifetime Achievement Award

July 22, 2015

Margaret Froese, program coordinator for Simon Fraser University's Office of International Education, has been recognized by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) for her work in post-secondary education. In June, the BCCIE presented her with its International Education Lifetime Achievement Award —an honour that is only conferred if exemplary nominations are received.

BCCIE is a provincial crown corporation committed to promoting the international education interests of B.C.'s public and independent K-12,  post-secondary and language schools.

The BCCIE recognized leaders in five categories. Froese's award recognizes her long-term contributions and far-reaching commitment to B.C.’s international education sector.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award," says Froese. "This unexpected recognition of the work that I have been privileged to be a part of is somewhat overwhelming.”  

Her career in post-secondary international education spans more than 35 years and remains vibrant. Prior to joining SFU’s Faculty of Education in 1999 she worked with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College-Langara Campus and the Canadian International College.

At SFU Froese was responsible for coordinating almost 100 programs involving thousands of international participants. She also created the short-term, non-credit international program.

“My role in designing and coordinating the programs is based on striving to provide the best possible international study experience for each participant.”

The success of SFU’s short-term non-credit international program reflects Froese’s work to facilitate the collaboration between the education faculty and universities and governments around the world, which provide reciprocal benefits for international students and others in various institutions throughout the province.  

“Margaret’s love of teaching, her strong commitment to excellence, and her interest in international students, are all reflected in the success of the programs that are delivered by SFU’s Faculty of Education,” says a nominator.

She hopes to continue sharing the unique opportunities the SFU Faculty of Education has to offer with students, educators and administrators from other countries.

Written by Justin Wong, Simon Fraser University News.

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