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The countdown is on

The U of M’s celebration of visionaries, trailblazers and challengers is just days away

May 8, 2015 — 

On May 12, the university community will gather to celebrate five extraordinary graduates who have turned their vision into action to create a better world. The Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will honour the following recipients:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Marion Meadmore, CM [LLB/77]
  • Professional Achievement: Nick Logan [BA/71, BComm(Hons)/73]
  • Community Service: Wayne Davies [BEd/91, PB DipEd/07]
  • Service to the University of Manitoba: Juliette (Archie) Cooper [BOT/79, MSc/82, PhD/87]
  • Outstanding Young Alumni: Tito Daodu [MD/13, BSc(Med)/13]

“Graduates of the University of Manitoba have been instrumental in virtually every advancement in Manitoba,” says David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “They are trailblazers, visionaries and challengers who create opportunities for others, promote mentorship, teamwork and respect, and create a positive change in the world through their actions. They don’t just talk about improving our world; they do. It is important that we celebrate their success and achievement.”

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives, and who have been an inspiration to other alumni, current students and the community, both close to home and around the globe.

Hillary Druxman and the award she designed for the Distinguished Alumni Awards / Photo: Pauline Boldt, 26 Projects.

Hillary Druxman and the award she designed for the Distinguished Alumni Awards / Photo: Pauline Boldt, 26 Projects.

Guests at Tuesday evening’s celebration will be treated to stirring performances—music, poetry and monologues—featuring the talents of U of M students, faculty and alumni. A gala reception will follow.

The event is truly an alumni-driven affair, from the presenters to the performers to the design of the award itself: U of M alumna and jeweller Hilary Druxman [BA/85] crafted the signature Distinguished Alumni award. Her unique design features two sterling silver blades which 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. The award celebrates the innate character of the recipients.

Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Awards at:

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Industrial Alliance, Tempo Framing Systems, The Personal and the Winnipeg Free Press.


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