May 04, 2014


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Bow Valley College President and CEO Sharon Carry to be invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence

CALGARY - The Board of Directors of Bow Valley College are proud to announce that President and CEO Sharon Carry will be invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence. Carry will join seven other outstanding Albertans in receiving the province's highest honour this year.

"I'm so pleased to have been asked to become a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. This honour is about my life's work, which is reflected in the great work we do here at Bow Valley College. Since 1965 we have been helping learners fulfill their dreams for a better life, providing work-ready graduates for the economy, and working to promote intercultural practice," said Carry.

Carry's career has been grounded in her vision of the transformative potential of education to change the lives of adult learners and their families. Over the last four decades, she has worked in progressively more responsible academic and administrative roles at four Alberta post-secondary institutions: University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Olds College, and Bow Valley College, where she has been President and CEO since 1997.

Over her career, Carry has been a founder of several organizations including the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta, Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, eCampus Alberta, and Apply Alberta. She has also served on the Board and Executive of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

"The Alberta Order of Excellence is about recognizing those who have made a difference, who have served Albertans with distinction, and whose contributions will stand the test of time," said Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell, Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

The new Alberta Order of Excellence members chosen for investiture in 2014 are:

  • Sharon Carry, Calgary
  • Tony Cashman, Edmonton
  • Morris Flewwelling, Red Deer
  • Colin Glassco, Calgary
  • Julia Hamilton, Calgary
  • Willie Littlechild, Maskwacis
  • Fred Mannix, Calgary
  • Reinhard Muhlenfeld, Edmonton

The Lieutenant Governor will preside over the investiture ceremony in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The new members will bring the total membership of the Alberta Order of Excellence to 140.

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Editor's note: 
Sharon Carry's biography can be found on the BVC website. 
Information about the Alberta of Excellence can be found at

Download hi-res photos of Sharon Carry here.

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