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e-dition - Volume 24 Number 18

UWinnipeg Honours HDs, Fellows & Award Recipients 

At Spring Convocation, The University of Winnipeg honoured individuals who have made significant contributions to the University and general communities. These distinguished honourees were chosen for their commitment to their profession, and in some cases, to society as a whole. Each has led by example and has contributed to the fabric of our community and, on many levels, has improved the lives of others. While each one also stands out for his or her accomplishments, they all share and embody what a UWinnipeg education represents: giving back to community and creating a better world in which we live.

James Eldridge, who received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, is part of the Platform Party procession at Convocation. James Eldridge received an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Eldridge 's career in the Manitoba public service spans 37 years-serving under six premiers. He was instrumental in creating the first department of intergovernmental affairs in 1982. Eldridge served as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and as Clerk of the Executive Council and has demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism. Eldridge retired in 2004 but continues to serve as an advisor on intergovernmental relations and as an advisor to the Manitoba Business Council.

Throughout his career he worked to ensure that Manitoba's voice would be heard at the federal level. His expertise and ability in economics and policy formation, with a stellar talent for intergovernmental affairs, is visionary. He is the ideal role model of a civil servant.

Joyce Milgaard addresses the graduands after receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of Winnipeg.In President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy's convocation address he said, "Joyce Milgaard has demonstrated the power of a mother's love, never showing the slightest break in her faith and commitment to her son as she devoted over four decades to the pursuit of justice for the wrongfully convicted." Joyce Milgaard received an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Milgaards name is synonomous with justice. Her relentless pursuit of clearing her son David Milgaard of a wrongful conviction has made her an icon for truth and justice. Milgaard's perserverance and dedication have brought her into the spotlight of the Canadian media and she has become the subject of numerous documentaries. She has been named to the Maclean's Magazine honour roll and was awarded the Canada 125 Anniversary medal for "significant contribution to fellow citizens, their community or Canada."

Randall Moffat receives his Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Chancellor H. Sanford Riley (right) as  President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy looks on.Randall Moffat, a founding director of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, is known as the 'quiet philanthropist." He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws for his inspiring philanthropy, commitment to community and support of inclusive society. The former Chairman of Moffat Communications Ltd. is credited with expanding the company's holdings to include additional radio and television stations across Canada and the United States. In 1995 Moffat championed the advancement of women in the broadcasting industry by creating specialty channel the Women's Television Network.

In December 2001, Moffat  made an unprecedented gift of $100 million to The Winnipeg Foundation to establish the Moffat Family Fund. Moffat's personal philosophy, the vision statement of the Moffat Family Fund is "a Canadian society where all individuals have equal opportunity to develop their potential."

Steven Schipper, Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Chancellor H. Sanford Riley (right). An Honorary Doctor of Letters was awarded to Steven Schipper, artistic director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, for his contribution to the arts. He has been credited with bringing financial stability and artistic success to MTC. Schipper is known to take artistic risks that have paid off and has championed Canadian plays and their premieres on the stage while also presenting an array of classics and contemporary hits at MTC.

Schipper has played an integral role in the field of the dramatic arts in all levels on a national and provincial scale. A graduate of the National Theatre School, Schipper has promoted the profile of local theatre and supporting local talent in all fields of the dramatic arts and established MTC as one of the most successful regional theatres in the country.

Reginald Skene shakes Chancellor H. Sanford Riley's hand as he is admitted as a Fellow of United CollegeDr. Reginald Skene, Senior Scholar at UWinnipeg was admitted as a Fellow of United College. To many, Reg Skene is considered the father of the Department of Theatre & Film at The University of Winnipeg . When he began in 1965, theatre wasn't a department at all-it was just one course, operating under the umbrella of the English Department. Under Skene's leadership, it flourished and gained respect as one of Canada's premiere theatre programs. In addition to teaching, Skene is also a committed scholar and researcher, covering the spectrum from Winnipeg's Theatre history, Shakespearean interpretaiton, actor training, theatre aesthetics and direction technique.

He also made significant contributions to University governance for over 15 years in the faculty union. Known as a skilled communicator, Skene served in various positions with the faculty union, taking part in negotiations and drafting policy.  After close to 40 years of service, Skene retired in 2002 but he continues on at the University as a Senior Scholar. Skene was honoured for his vision, perserverance and leadership in establishing the University's Department of Theatre & Film.

J.F. Reeh Taylor, admitted into Fellowship in The University of Winnipeg, shakes hands with Chancellor H. Sanford Riley (right) as President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy looks onJ.F. Reeh Taylor, Senior Counsel with Taylor McCaffrey, was admitted as a Fellow in The University of Winnipeg. He served as UWinnipeg's long-time legal counsel and has contributed greatly to The University of Winnipeg and general communities.

Taylor is the director of the small business law clinic at the faculty of law at the University of Manitoba which provides advice and guidance to small business operators as well as provides mentorship and instruction to law students. Taylor is a founding member of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors where he served as its first president  & in 1993, Taylor was acknowledged by the Manitoba Bar association with its distinguished service award. A great supporter of the arts, Taylor was co-founder of Virtuosi Concerts Inc. and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and has served on the board of the successful classical music series, the Virtuosi Concerts, for a decade.

Faculty Members Bob Bector (right) and Roger Kingsley were awarded The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award and The Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service, respectivelyKnown for his Introduction to Calculus class, Bob Bector (right), Instructor in Mathematics & Statistics was awarded The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Student nominators consistently remarked on Bector’s ability to make his math classes interesting and and relevant. He is well-known to be generous with his time and cheerfully makes himself availabile to students after class to provide further elucidation. Bector sets high standards for his students and helps them attain these standards by equipping them with the tools they need for success. His students are known for consistently outperforming the other math sections and his colleagues recognize Bector as a consummate team player

Dr. Roger Kingsley (left), Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Statistics, was awarded The Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service for his exemplary work and service on behalf of his community. Kingsley has always been an active community member, devoting much of his volunteer time and service to a variety of organizations.  The primary focus of his voluntarism has been Scouts Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada on the local, provincial and national levels over the past 30 years.

Kingsley has served Scouts Canada on many levels.  In 2002, he was elected to the Scouts Canada board of governors, and served as chair of the audit committee. Through his commitment, dedication and acumen, he contributed significantly to the long-term fiscal health and sustainability of Scouts Canada. As a life-long member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Kingsley served on parish councils as well as various province-wide committees contributing to all levels related to running a parish.  He also served a member of a clue-ribbon pannel at the national level to provide recommendations on how to deal with conflict within a congregation.

Craig Cooper and Mary Young were awarded The Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance and The Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness, respectively.Dr. Craig Cooper, Associate Professor and Chair of the Classics Department, was awarded The Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance. His exemplary work in the area of self-governance is demonstrated by his collegial, effective and dedicated service to more than 40 University and faculty committees including as Chair of the Faculty Council of Arts & Science nominating committee, President of the Faculty & Staff Club, Member and Chair of the Chairs' Caucus, Senator and Board of Regents member.

One nominator wrote, “I found craig to be a superbly effective department chair: one who advocated strongly and successfully for his department, but was keenly aware of the larger issues attending the humanities area, the faculty of arts and science and the university.” Cooper’s  reasoned and, at times impassioned, input has always been greatly respected and appreciated by all who have had the pleasure to work side-by-side with him.

Dr. Mary Young, Director of Aboriginal Student Services and Assistant Professor in Education, was awarded The Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness. She has been an inspiration to those that know her for her advocacy on Aboriginal issues and education and lectures locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Young's presentations have addressed issues ranging from the residential school experience, combating racism and discrimination, incorporating the wisdom of elders into our modern society, and ensuring the survival of Aboriginal languages. Her book Pimatisiwin: Walking in a Good Way, has also done much to familiarize audiences with Aboriginal cultural and language concerns. Letters from nominators cite the difference Young has made to parents, to educators, and to young people, changing lives and changing  attitudes. Young serves on several boards and also served on the University Task Force Committee, initiated an elder in residence program, and participated in the launch of the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre.

David Martin (Class of '83) was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Alumni Association President Jason Pusiewich (left).David Martin (Class of '83) was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work championing, advoacting on behalf of, and improving the lives of people with disabilties.  His career as an advocate and spokesperson for people with disabilities includesworking for 17 years at  the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. He became a regular source for comment on high-profile issues including the Robert Latimer case during that time. For four years, Martin served as managing director of Ten Ten Sinclair Housing, Inc., an organization that helps disabled individuals make the transition to independent living. Since 2004, Martin has served as Executive Director of the Province of Manitoba’s disabilities issues office. Throughout his career, martin has been active in the development of many government policies and programs which support those with disabilties.

"David has dedicated the better part of his life to better the lives of others," says Jason Pusiewich, President of The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association. "We are humbled by the work David has done, and continues to do, every day."

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