Pearson College UWC

February 15, 2011 12:04 ET

Astronaut Lands on Pearson Board

Julie Payette joins the Pearson College Board of Trustees

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - Astronaut Julie Payette, OC, CQ, has taken on another mission—as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pearson College UWC. Canada's high-flying hero and the college have long been connected through Pearson's sister school in Wales, UWC Atlantic, where Payette received her International Baccalaureate in 1982.

"It is such a privilege to have Julie join our board," says Pearson College Board of Trustees Chair Francis Saville. "She personifies the values we encourage in our students: to use their brains, passion and courage to do good in the world."

The Right Honourable Joe Clark, a Board of Trustees member, concurs: "Julie Payette brings the kind of fearlessness to Pearson that we are looking for in all our students."

"I am honoured to join the Pearson Board," returns Payette. "As part of the United World College movement, Pearson embodies the vision I have of education, one that embraces the spirit of international and intercultural understanding."

Payette is an ideal Pearson Trustee. Both she and the college are international in scope: Payette is a French Canadian who speaks five languages; she was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as one of four astronauts from a field of 5,330 applicants in June 1992. Her career has taken her literally out of this world, through two missions in 1999 and 2009 to the International Space Station—an internationally developed research facility operated as a joint project between five space agencies: NASA, CSA (Canada), ESA (Europe), RKA (Russia) and JAXA (Japan). Pearson College UWC is open to 200 students from over 100 countries, who live study and grow together for two years (grade 12 and gap year) on a campus spectacularly situated in a rainforest at the western tip of Vancouver Island. The college uses education as a force to unite people, nations and culture for peace and a sustainable future. And while Pearson's education is transformational, it's also selective; there's only one way to get here—by scholarship, worth $80,000 over two years.

Payette began serving her three-year term as a Pearson Trustee on January 27, 2011.

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