The Director of the International Student Initiative, Karen McKellin, has been honoured by the Council of International Schools (CIS) with the 2009 T. Michael Maybury Award. The award recognizes a high level of service and leadership in promoting international post-secondary education.
The award citation describes McKellin as a pioneer of international education in Canada who has built a broad network of support for international students on the UBC campus and within the university sector in Canada. As a founding member of the CIS Canadian Higher Education Committee, McKellin has seen the Canadian university presence in CIS grow from three to more than 40.
Headquartered in the UK, CIS is a not-for-profit organization of over 650 member schools and 450 colleges and universities, including institutions in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
McKellin received the award at the CIS Forum on International Admission and Guidance last month in Munich. She is the first Canadian recipient of the award.