Five times the pride: Celebration to honour inspiring group of distinguished alumni COMING SOON!
The University of Manitoba will celebrate the local, national and international accomplishments of five exceptional alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on May 1.
The public is welcome and encouraged to come and share in the excitement. The gala evening will be made even more special with performances by Juno-nominated artists who we are also proud to call alumni of the University of Manitoba. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!
The University of Manitoba has annually recognized trailblazers who have made a real difference in the lives of others — locally, nationally and globally. But this year, for the first time, the reimagined Distinguished Alumni Awards will honour visionaries in five distinct and diverse categories: Young Alumni, Service, Community Leadership, Professional Achievement, and Distinguished Alumni.
“Our university is proud to celebrate these exceptional alumni,” says David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “Each one of them has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in their professional and personal lives. They have made meaningful contributions to their community at home and around the world and are an inspiration to all of us. This is a fitting first class for the newly expanded format of our Distinguished Alumni Awards.”
The winners are…
David Matas [BA/1964] will receive the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates who are distinguished in their career and in their contributions to society. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but banned from Russia and denounced by China, Matas’ outspoken stance on violations of human rights around the world has made him one of the world’s leading scholars and advocates of the oppressed.
Bruce Miller [BRS/1999] will receive the University of Manitoba Alumni Community Leadership Award, which recognizes graduates who have significantly contributed to their community at home or abroad, making a difference to the well-being of others. Throughout his career, Miller has sought opportunities to build community and to share stories of his culture and traditions with Indigenous students through education and Aboriginal sport programs.
Scott Cairns [BSc(Maj)/2001] will receive the University of Manitoba Alumni Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes graduates who demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in their field of endeavour. Cairns’ passion for chemistry formed the foundation that resulted in his leading a team of weapons inspectors from a United Nations watchdog organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize into the heart of Syria, and saw firsthand the effects of a brutal regime upon innocent victims of war.
John Bockstael [BSc(CE)/1980] will receive the University of Manitoba Alumni Service Award, which recognizes graduates who have demonstrated superior leadership and service to the University of Manitoba. Bockstael’s name is synonymous with construction in Manitoba; in 2008, he helped establish the Friends of Engineering that partners students with industry leaders in the province.
Chau Pham [BSc/2000, MD/2005, MBA/2013] will receive the University of Manitoba Young Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates who are 35 years of age or under at the close of nominations. Two years in a refugee camp battling tuberculosis was part of the motivation that led Pham to become a doctor and eventually establish Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam. She works tirelessly to help children with insufficient medical care.
Heather Reichert, president of the U of M Alumni Association, notes: “The University of Manitoba and the Alumni Association felt it was important to expand the Distinguished Alumni Awards to recognize graduates in the five categories of Young Alumni, Community Leadership, Professional Achievement, Alumni Service, and Distinguished Alumni. Graduates of the University of Manitoba change our world at the local, national and international level and these five alumni are true trailblazers who have made a difference in the lives of others.”
“We celebrate our alumni to draw attention to their outstanding accomplishments and to congratulate them on being true role models for all Manitobans,” says John Kearsey, vice-president (external). “In addition to honouring our alumni, the Celebration of Excellence event will feature Juno-nominated and internationally acclaimed University of Manitoba alumni―yet more examples of the wealth of truly inspiring people we are so proud to count among our University of Manitoba family.”
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 umanitoba.ca/distinguishedalumni
Past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award include: Ovide Mercredi, Gerry Price, Howard Pawley, Lila Goodspeed, Janice and Gary Filmon, Robert Silver, Barry Broadfoot, Lesley Hughes, Dr. Allan Ronald, Monty Hall, Ivan Eyre, Israel Asper, William Kurelek, Kathleen M. Richardson and Hon. Mitchell Sharp.
The recipients will be honoured at the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the WAG.
Please plan to join us for this inaugural event.