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The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Recipients of the 2018 DAA Awards and U of M officials (L-R) Chancellor Harvey Secter, Tina Jones, Paul Soubry, Jan Lederman, President David Barnard, Lorrie Kirshenbaum, Shayne Reitmeier.

Know some outstanding alumni?

September 26, 2018 — 

The University of Manitoba is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA). Five alumni will be selected for their accomplishments in the following categories: service to the U of M, community service, professional achievement, outstanding young alumni and lifetime achievement.

The 2019 DAA’s will mark 60 years of recognizing U of M alumni for their outstanding contributions to society. These recipients are often hidden heroes—their accomplishments more widely recognized than their own names. The DAA brings them into the spotlight to celebrate their achievements.

Past recipients include engineer Diana Nicholson [BSc(BioE)/06] who has worked around the world delivering clean drinking water to developing communities; scientist Gary Wong [PhD/14] who helped discover a treatment for Ebola; and Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum [BSc/86, MSc/88, PhD/92], whose research has found a way to prevent cells from dying during a heart attack.

The 2019 DAA recipients will be announced in December 2018, and honoured at the Celebration of Excellence gala event next spring.

To nominate a U of M grad, please visit

The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.



One comment on “Know some outstanding alumni?

  1. Wayne Ruff

    As an unsuccessful nominee by Dean Dr. David Mandzuk – I appreciate the difficulty of the selection Committee in selecting the recipients -my community involvement had a provincial and locsl community focus with 50+ years of commitment to education and community organizations.
    This commitment has continued since that nomination through post School Trusteeship to board membership on four different local boards whose focus is on poverty related issues! I was humbled and thankful to the Faculty of Education for placing my name in nomination!

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