Education Award for UR International vice-president

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 17, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Livia Castellanos was awarded the Education Award by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Regina.
Livia Castellanos was awarded the Education Award by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Regina. Photo courtesy of Elita Paterson

Liva Castellanos, associate vice-president (International) and chief international officer at UR International, has been honoured with the Education Award by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Regina.

The award was presented at the Institute’s annual Friendship Dinner and Award ceremony, held at the Hotel Saskatchewan, March 16.

“I am truly honoured and humbled by this award,” says Castellanos. “Our success at UR International is only made possible thanks to the dedication of our incredibly hard working team as well as the unwavering support from our campus community.”

Castellanos was described by members of the Institute as having an “exceptional and ever-growing record of achievements in the international education sector.”

It was also noted that Castellanos’ mentorship and guidance have helped develop a number of strong and capable leaders in international education, inspiring them to follow in her footsteps. Castellanos was also credited with encouraging students to bring “aspects of their cultures into the classroom and campus."

Castellanos was born and raised in Mexico. She arrived in Canada as an exchange student in the late nineties. She’s a lawyer by training. Her experience in the field of international education now spans nearly two decades. She has been at UR International since 2010. Since then, enrolment of international students has grown significantly to around 2,000 or about 14 percent of the student population.  

The theme of the award’s night was “Revisiting Our Canadian Identity: 150 years and beyond.” The keynote speaker was Bill Waiser, an author and historian based in Saskatoon. 

Other speakers included:

  • Ralph Goodale, MP for Regina-Wascana and Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Christine Tell, MLA for Regina Wascana Plains and the Minister of Central Services.
  • Trent Wotherspoon MLA for Regina Rosemont and deputy leader of the opposition. 
  • Michael Fougere, mayor of Regina.

Castellanos was one of three people honoured that evening. The Community Service Award was given to Michael Fladager, principal of Seven Stones Community School. The Interfaith Award was given to Rabbi Jeremy Parnes, spiritual leader of the Beth Jacob Synagogue.

The Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote respect and mutual understanding among all cultures and faiths through understanding among all cultures and faiths through partnerships with other communities, cultural, religious and inter-religious organizations.