Ottawa, Ontario - October 25, 2013 - CHEC (Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc.) is pleased to announce the results of their October 25, 2013 special meeting of the members. Presidents gathered together to vote on a number of important items including new articles of incorporation and revised by-laws.
By-law 6, which allows for the continuation of federal incorporation, was passed unanimously by the membership.
Executive Director, Justin D. Cooper, also presented five strategic plan initiatives which the membership supported. A National Forum in 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba; a website to serve as a clearinghouse for online undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as off-campus programs; a student assessment and marketing research project are just some of the initiatives that will take priority in the next two years.
October 24, 2013 was a highlight for CHEC and several of its member presidents. In the morning they enjoyed breakfast in the beautiful Parliament dining room, sponsored by Hamilton MP David Sweet (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) and attended by MPs and CHEC presidents, at which our Executive Director, Justin D. Cooper, provided a national profile of CHEC's member campuses and underscored their mission and contribution to Canadian society through teaching, research and service.
"We are thankful to have been able to hold significant discussions among our member presidents in our nation's capital and to raise the profile of Christian higher education on Parliament Hill." say Cooper.
The breakfast was followed by a brief greeting and photo op with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which included a tour of the Prime Minister's office on Parliament Hill just outside the House of Commons.
CHEC (Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc) is a non-profit association of Christ-centred higher education institutions, based in Dundas, Ontario. Members include 32 fully accredited, degree-granting institutions representing a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate Christian higher education within Canada, and serving over 17,000 students. The mission of CHEC is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including, fostering institutional cooperation, and to raise public awareness of the value of Christian Higher Education in Canada. Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc. qualifies for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act. View our current websites and initiatives at www.checanada.ca and www.checusout.ca.
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For more information or an interview contact: Justin D. Cooper, Executive Director Christian Higher Education Canada 905.627.4540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Caption: CHEC presidents meet Prime Minister, Stephen Harper (centre) with host David Sweet (far left) at his Parliament Hill office, October 24, 2013.