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Honouring Jacqui Shumiatcher with the Annual President’s Community Award

By Dale Johnson Posted: November 24, 2016 2:30 p.m.

  Jacqui Shumiatcher (centre), winner of the President’s Community Award, is honoured by board chair Daniel Kwochka (l) and president Vianne Timmons.
Jacqui Shumiatcher (centre), winner of the President’s Community Award, is honoured by board chair Daniel Kwochka (l) and president Vianne Timmons. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina has honoured Dr. Jacqui Shumiatcher by presenting her with the annual President’s Community Award in recognition of her commitment to the community and support of the arts.

Jacqui and her late husband, Dr. Morris Shumiatcher, have been supporters of the arts and community organizations for decades. Among the causes they have supported are Globe Theatre, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Opera Saskatchewan, Regina Little Theatre and the Regina Symphony Orchestra. They each received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Morris in 1997 and Jacqui in 2001.

The Shumiatchers have also contributed to the University of Regina over the years. They have funded student scholarships and donated to fine arts programming, including a generous contribution to create the Shu-Box Theatre.  In 2014, Jacqui supported the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project through a unique gift of more than 1,000 pieces of their personal art collection valued at approximately $3 million. Jacqui received an honorary degree from the U of R in 2002.

Shumiatcher was honoured at a reception in her honour on Nov. 23, 2016, in the Terrace Building at Innovation Place at the U of R. President Timmons said: “Jacqui, through your selfless commitment to our community, you continue to set a wonderful example for all of us. You are an inspiration to so many people. Jacqui, you continue the legacy of community support that you and Morris began together more than 60 years ago.”

Dr. Shumiatcher said: “I feel overwhelmed that you should want to honour me in this way. I have done the things that I’ve done because I enjoyed doing them, because I believed in the causes or because I had as much opportunity to learn from the experience, as I would contribute to it.”

The President’s Community Award was created in 2010 to recognize those who have a strong history of working to better the lives of others in Saskatchewan. It celebrates individuals or organizations whose values, history of service to Saskatchewan and concern for our communities have made a lasting impact on the province.