A special campus connection

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 24, 2015 9:30 a.m.

Senator Raynell Andreychuk presents the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Duna Barber.
Senator Raynell Andreychuk presents the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Duna Barber. (Photo Rae Graham - U of R Photography)

A walk through the campus brings back warm memories for Duna Barber.  She returned to campus this week in recognition of her receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Duna Barber was married to Dr. Lloyd Barber, who served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina from 1976 to 1990. Dr. Barber passed away in 2011.

“So many memories here,” says Duna Barber. “Coming back here anytime is very satisfying and very fulfilling. This was Lloyd’s hangout for 14 years.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes Canadians who have built and continue to build a caring society and country through their service and achievements. The medal pays tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Barber was nominated for the medal by Saskatchewan Senator Raynell Andreychuk, former Chancellor of the University of Regina who served from 1977 to 1983.

“This medal recognizes people who are significant in a consistent way in their community and that is often not the person whose name is in the headlines. Duna is that type of person,” says Senator Andreychuk.
“When this university was starting and Lloyd Barber was involved, Duna was always there in her quiet way. She was part of the community of the university and beyond with her work in organizations like the Red Cross.”

Duna Barber marvels at the growth of the U of R.

“This place means so much more to me than it did. The University of Regina has taken its place now. We have taken our place in Regina and in Saskatchewan,” says Barber, whose daughter Sue Barber is an Alumna and a former member of the U of R’s Board of Governors. Of the six children in the family, four have graduated from the U of R. As well, many of Duna's grandchildren have or are taking classes at the U of R.

It is that family connection that made this small event such a big deal for Duna Barber.

“I raised six wonderful kids,” says Barber. “And five of them are with me here today for this.”