Vancouver Olympic boss gets honorary degree

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER - Now you can call the chief executive of Vancouver's Olympic committee “doctor.”

University of British Columbia president Dr. Stephen Toope gave John Furlong an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Wednesday’s graduation ceremony in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Furlong was joined at the ceremony by his two sons and daughter, all UBC grads. He said he “received far too much credit” for leading the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee.

“We may not all in our lives get a chance to be part of something as big as the Olympic Games, but we can all do a lot of good and we can all influence other people,” Furlong said in his acceptance speech. “If the only thing you do with your life is to inspire people around you to be the best they can be every day, you’ll get to the end of your career and you will think back proudly of the life you led.”

UBC hosted Olympic hockey in February and Paralympic sledge hockey in March at Thunderbird Arena.


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