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Sooz Klinkhamer honoured at third annual IDC/IIDA Vancouver Leaders Breakfast

Published by Rachael Factor, February 26, 2013.

sooz_award.jpgIDC and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) presented Sooz Klinkhamer, an interior designer and educator, with the prestigious Leadership
Award of Excellence. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the interior design industry, was presented at the third annual IDC/IIDA Leaders Breakfast, on February 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog delivered the keynote address.

“Sooz Klinkhamer is deeply linked to the growth and development of interior design education in British Columbia,” said Carol Jones, Registered Interior Designer and principal at Kasian. “Her guidance and commitment is reflected in several generations of excellent designers.”

Sooz Klinkhamer has been active in the British Columbia interior design community for nearly 40 years and is a fellow member of Interior Designers of Canada, the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, the International Interior Design Association and the Interior Design Education Council. She practised interior design for 13 years before becoming an interior design educator in 1985. She was chair of the interior design department of Kwantlen University from 1994 to 2005, and retired in 2010. An active volunteer, she has served on the board of several organizations and participates frequently in fund-raising events, including the annual IDIBC Habitat for Humanity garage sale.

“It is terrific to be acknowledged by my peers and colleagues in such a meaningful and public manner,” said Klinkhamer about receiving the award. “I am flattered and honoured to receive this leadership award, and reminded of all the leaders who came before me and taught me so much.”

As keynote speaker, John Fluevog spoke about the design process and the unique challenges and rewards associated with leading creative individuals.

Please click here to see photos from the event.

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