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Governor General's bronze medal: Shauna Bryce
Library tech diploma was perfect book end to education for top UCFV scholar

Shauna Bryce receiving her award from UCFV VP Academic Wayne Welsh.

When Shauna Bryce was looking for way to give herself a career edge and a credential to complement her anthropology degree, UCFV’s Library and Information Technology program came to mind.

“I’d taught English in Japan and done a lot of traveling, but then I came home and started thinking about library work. I knew it was hard to get in without qualifications, and I remembered hearing about the UCFV program from my former neighbour.”

Bryce, who graduated from high school in Abbotsford before attending the University of Victoria, returned to the Fraser Valley for the two-year program, which combines specialized library and information courses with arts, business, and computing electives. Graduates are qualified to work as library technicians or information specialists in a variety of settings.

Bryce did so well at this endeavour that she received this year’s Governor General’s bronze medal, given to the top UCFV student in a two-year program.

Like Bryce, most of its students in the Library and Information Technology program come into the program with an earlier credential and/or a wealth of life experience.

“It’s typical of library types to bring wonderful life experience to our program,” says program head Jan Lashbrook-Green. “Shauna has travelled widely, and has a very strong intellectual appreciation of the rest of the world, which will be very useful in her library career. She’s also a joy to be around and was an inspiration to the other students.”

Bryce is already working in a library-related job on a temporary contract at the Royal Roads University library in Victoria.

She earned a 4.26 grade point average (equivalent to more that an ‘A’ average) based on her final 15 UCFV credits, and says she just “had a knack” for this type of work.

“If you have a certain mindset it’s easier – a lot of it is about being able to see patterns and put them together.”
That, as well as being able to devote lots of time to her studies, are factors to which she attributes her success.
“A lot of the other students were juggling families and/or jobs, and I was able to devote most of my time to getting my studies done.”
She wasn’t expecting to earn the top academic award for a two-year program.
“It was a complete surprise. I kept getting these phone messages and wondering why UCFV was calling me.”

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