Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Douglas College awards highest honour to Peter Legge

Douglas College will award business and community leader Peter Legge with the College’s highest distinction today – Honorary Fellowship.

Legge is CEO of Canada Wide Media, Western Canada’s biggest independent publishing company. He is an honorary member of the Douglas College Foundation Board, a donor to the college and has lent his name, expertise and influence to the Peter Legge International Institute for Sales Excellence at Douglas College.

“To receive the highest recognition from a much respected college that has two campuses – one in the town I was raised in, and the second, in the community I live in – is an absolutely huge honour,” Legge says. “I am humbled by this recognition.”

Legge has raised millions of dollars for a variety of community causes, particularly through his work with Variety – The Children’s Charity. He has been a director of the Variety Club Telethon for 20 years and co-host for 35 years. He is also Variety’s International Vice-President.

“My father once told me to give back to the community infinitely more than you take out,” Legge says. “This could be your time, talent and sometimes your money. Personally, I can raise more money than I could ever possibly give.”

As an inspirational speaker, Legge is renowned in North America and is the only Canadian in the prestigious Speakers Roundtable. He has won numerous awards for his inspirational and motivational talks.

“Mr. Legge is a warm, engaging family man who believes strongly in mentoring and supporting youth, particularly through education,” says Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College. “He inspires people to hone their unique talents and do what they love.”

“Mr. Legge is a natural fit for Honorary Fellow,” says Paul Wates, Chair of the Douglas College Board. “He is a highly successful businessman who believes in helping others and giving back to his community. He is someone we can all look up to.”

Legge accepts his award today during a summer graduation ceremony at the New Westminster Campus.