A Parksville man has been named as a recipient of the B.C. Community Achievement Award by Premier Christy Clark.
Doctor Roger Barnsley was described as a visionary educator who provided leadership for the growth and success of Thompson Rivers University.
“His substantial achievements as president and vice-chancellor include the transition of TRU into an internationally recognized university, the expansion of the BC Open University Distance curriculum, the support for Aboriginal learning and the recognition of Kamloops as a modern university city.
“Community achievement awards honour individuals who have made a significant contribution, either as a volunteer or in the course of their work,” said Keith Mitchell, chair of the B.C. Achievement Foundation.
“Today’s recipients contribute in many areas — health, education, multiculturalism, arts and culture, environment, philanthropy and youth or seniors’ leadership, among others.”
The 33 named recipients of the 2012 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Govenrment House in Victoria on April 25.