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A sneak peek of the unique Distinguished Alumni Award

April 23, 2014 — 
Hilary Druxman and the award she designed for the DAA gala / Photo: Pauline Boldt, 26 Projects.

Hilary Druxman and the award she designed for the DAA gala / Photo: Pauline Boldt, 26 Projects.

On May 1 the University of Manitoba will host a grand celebration at the Winnipeg Art Gallery to honour five Distinguished Alumni, and for this unique event we have created a unique award, designed by alumna Hilary Druxman [BA/85].

All the awards will be presented at the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence on May 1, 2014. Tickets are $75 and are available at here.

The first recipients of the expanded University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards include a former refugee, a chemical weapons inspector, a Manitoba industry leader, an Indigenous community leader and a human rights scholar and advocate. In 2014, the Distinguished Alumni Award has grown to include four new categories. The new awards recognize University of Manitoba graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives, and who have been inspirations to fellow alumni, current students and the community.

About the award’s inspiration

The Distinguished Alumni award celebrates the innate character of the recipients being honoured. Two sterling silver blades illuminate the way forward and are reflective of Bison horns—a traditional symbol of giving for the greater good. The solid oak base symbolizes strength through challenges and enduring what others cannot. This unique award was instinctively designed by jeweller and alumna, Hilary Druxman.

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