The University of Regina and the University of Regina Alumni Association are proud to announce Bernie Kollman as the recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service, which recognizes an individual who has contributed service that has made a difference to the well-being of others.
Growing up in a rural community and witnessing what can be accomplished through the contributions of many has made a lasting impression on Bernie Kollman.
"I watched my parents and our neighbours work together to make things happen in our community," says Kollman. "If everyone contributed a little, a lot could be accomplished! And it was expected that everyone would contribute. With these values instilled in me from a young age, there was never a question of whether or not I would be an active volunteer."
Today, Kollman is vice-president of IBM's public sector division in Alberta and devotes countless hours to a wide range of community projects in Edmonton, often juggling several big projects at once.
Kollman has volunteered for corporate initiatives and causes that she supports personally. Her contributions range from serving the business community, organizing major fundraising campaigns, encouraging girls to study math and science, to sharing her knowledge overseas. This level of involvement is possible because of the value IBM places on community service.
In May 2010, she participated in the IBM Corporate Services Corp. in Vietnam. Using knowledge gained in her 25 years at IBM, she and five other IBM executives from around the globe worked with the Ho Chi Minh City government to develop a road map for the 21st century, focusing on issues such as transportation, food safety and healthcare.
As current chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, she represents, and works on behalf of, Edmonton businesses. In addition, she has taken a special interest in the diversity employment initiatives.
She currently has leadership roles in several other organizations including the United Way, the Centre for Advanced Studies Alberta, the Canadian Information Processing Society Women in Technology and she is involved with fundraising for muscular dystrophy and for Olympic/Paralympic athletes.
"There are no links between these initiatives except there is a need in the community and I was approached to get involved; the cause resonated with me and I felt that my involvement would make a difference."
Kollman will be one of five distinguished alumni honoured at the 7th Annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards Gala, the pinnacle event of the Alumni Homecoming Weekend taking place September 29 - October 1.
To purchase tickets and for more information visit: www.uregina.ca/alumni/acaa-event or call 1-877-779-4723.