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Richmond fashion innovator awarded

KPU Richmond instructor wins after advancing the local market
Sharon Greeno (yellow jacket) wins Vancouver Fashion Week’s Industry Originator Award.

Wilson School of Design instructor Sharon Greeno was awarded one of Vancouver Fashion Week’s (VFW) inaugural Industry Originator Awards for her contributions to advancing the local fashion market.

For Greeno is also the fashion marketing program coordinator at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Richmond.

“Alumni and members of the local industry reach out to me constantly and ask for help to find employees and volunteers. I’ve spent many years working and volunteering and fostering my relationships in the local industry. That has directly translated into opportunities for students, and has helped build KPU’s fashion marketing program into one that produces reliable and
talented professionals,” said Greeno.

Greeno got her teaching start at KPU Richmond over 20 years ago with a guest talk to a design class about her philosophy as a buyer.

“I loved every moment of sharing information and collaborating with the students,” said Greeno, who also offered to host field trips with various local retailers, and gave her insight on final projects. Eventually she took on a class of her own.

“I was hooked immediately. It was so much fun to be around bright, creative, dedicated and engaged students,” she said about students in the two-year program.

“I still love my students and how we learn together more than anything I have done in my career.”