John Adams to be Honoured at Grad 2014

Forestry Icon to be Presented with Distinguished Educator Award


Selkirk College will honour post-secondary pioneer and legend John Adams at its Grad 2014 Ceremony on Friday.

As the third person hired by Selkirk College during its germination in 1966, Adams was tasked with creating the now renowned Forest Technology Program. His 33-year career as an educator and department leader touched hundreds of lives and made an important impact on an industry that’s vital to British Columbia’s foundation.

John Adams distinguished educator

Adams was instrumental in establishing the Forest Technology Program in 1966.

Retired since 1999, the 75-year-old Adams will be presented with the Distinguished Educator Award at the Castlegar Campus ceremony that will include the graduation of current Selkirk College students in all programs.

“I’m very honoured and surprised by the award,” the ever-humble Adams said earlier this week from his back deck overlooking south Castlegar. “It was fun… I didn’t know how else to do it. It was just the best job in the world. You don’t think about the impact your career has, I was just happy to be in such a beautiful place and have total freedom to establish such an important program.”

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