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U of R well represented at YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

By Dale Johnson Posted: April 29, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Roz Kelsey dedicates her award to all the people who have helped with the U of R’s Man Up Against Violence campaign and many were at the ceremony
Roz Kelsey dedicates her award to all the people who have helped with the U of R’s Man Up Against Violence campaign and many were at the ceremony .

The University of Regina was well represented at the Regina YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, with Raynell Andreychuk, Tanya Dahms and Roz Kelsey receiving awards.

Former chancellor Dr. Raynell Andreychuk received the Lifetime Achievement award. Andreychuk was chancellor from 1977 to 1983, and has also been a lawyer, judge, diplomat and senator.

Dr. Tanya Dahms, who teaches chemistry and biochemistry, was the winner of the Science, Technology and Environment award.

Tanya Dahms
Dr. Tanya Dahms, who teaches chemistry and biochemistry, was the winner of the Science, Technology and Environment award. (Photo - U of R Photography).

“I see this as a milestone in my career, to be recognized by the community that I have been working hard to support and educate,” says Dahms.

“The U of R is the right size to nurture collegial support and effective collaboration. It is the hard work of my students that has brought me success. The opportunity to mentor others has enriched my life, made me a better person and taught me so much,” Dahms adds.

Roz Kelsey, an instructor in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, won the category of Education and Mentorship. Kelsey is chair of the Man Up Against Violence movement.

“When this award was announced, there were more than two dozen individuals in purple Man Up Against Violence t-shirts that erupted into applause. I was thrilled to accept this award on behalf of so many that have worked so hard. It takes courage for all of us to stand against what is considered the norm and these people do it every day. I was very proud,” Kelsey says.

“Winning this award confirms that the work we are doing is valued and necessary. This inspires me to continue working to mobilize the University of Regina community in order to address gender based violence.  I am honoured to be chosen amongst so many incredible women doing such inspiring work,” she adds.

The YWCA Regina's Women of Distinction Awards, first held in 1981, recognize women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the health and future of the community and are an inspiration to others.

The YWCA says nominees “display a sustained and significant contribution in her field of endeavour, whether locally, nationally or internationally.”