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Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Outstanding Service

Posted: September 12, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Lisa King has received the Dr. Robert & Norma Ferguson Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Outstanding Service.
Lisa King has received the Dr. Robert & Norma Ferguson Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Outstanding Service. Photo courtesy of Media One

Lisa King has spent a good deal of her life, in one way or another, connected to the University of Regina.

As a child, she spent time on campus visiting her father who worked at Luther College. Later, she studied at the University, graduating from the Faculty of Physical Activities Studies (now Kinesiology and Health Studies) and also earning a master’s degree in Administration in 2011.

As an alumna she served the University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA), both as a Board member and president. She was also a University staff member, on-campus fitness instructor and has volunteered at many events.

Each phase of her University of Regina experience, she says, had its special memories and each played an important role in the development of her personal and professional life.

“During my undergraduate degree I realized the importance of getting involved at the University, she says. “I served on the Physical Activities Studies Student Society and from there it continued, helping with events, serving on the University of Regina Alumni Association, being involved in some hiring committees."

"Those experiences all provided a deeper appreciation for the value of the University on a much larger scale than simply a place to earn a degree. I wish I knew during my first and second years what I know now. Don’t just come to campus to attend classes and leave right away. There is so much learning and opportunity and experiences that can happen on campus – get involved.”

From 2008 to 2010 King served as manager, Business and Professional Development with the University’s Centre for Continuing Education. While there she advocated for non-credit students to be considered alumni, a proposal the URAA adopted earlier this year. King was elated to hear that non-credit students are now part of the incredible community of University of Regina alumni.

“Being on the URAA Board provided a whole new perspective and appreciation on how the University operates and the valuable role the Association plays in scholarships, sponsorships and the faculty awards,” she says. “I was lucky to be on the Board during some pivotal times in the University’s history – expansion for the 2005 Canada Summer Games, new presidents, new structure for the URAA – to name a few. I learned a lot, met wonderful people and developed a whole new skill set around Board governance, budgeting and strategic planning.”  

In 2011 she chaired the organizing committee for the Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards dinner, helping to revitalize the event by returning it to a higher-profile location on campus. Now, the circle is being completed as she receives an award of her own.

“It is a great honour to receive the Ferguson Award,” she says, “and I am greatly appreciative of everyone who helped me along the way. This award is the culmination of a lot of interactions with many people in my life.”

King works in fund development in Victoria, B.C. and volunteers at many events and festivals. She also volunteers as a fitness instructor with the Vancouver Island YMCA-YWCA, feeding her passion for physical activity through teaching and hiking and exploring the Island.

Though she has moved away from Saskatchewan, Regina and the University is never far from her thoughts.

“The University of Regina is not only an educational hub, it is also a gathering place for community events – athletic, cultural, presentations and more. It is a connection to the business sector, future students, the international community and research. People of all ages, backgrounds and interests can find their place on campus,” she says. “Alumni are ambassadors for the University – no matter where in the world they end up. Supporting the university, be it through volunteering, financial support or being an advocate means more than 68,000 people are supporting the University of Regina.”

She remains connected to the University through social media, Degrees magazine and contacts with faculty, staff, students and alumni.  

The 2016 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards celebration is Thursday, October 6 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Come and support your Alumni. Please visit here for ticket and event information.