University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons receives Order of Canada appointment

Posted: December 29, 2017 3:50 p.m.

Dr. Vianne Timmons Order of Canada appointee.
Dr. Vianne Timmons Order of Canada appointee. Photo by U of R Photography

Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina, has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The appointment was announced on December 29, 2017 by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

One of Canada’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.  Dr. Timmons has been appointed an Officer the Order for, among other things, her longstanding work in the areas of inclusive education for persons with disabilities, family literacy, and women’s leadership.

“The Order of Canada’s motto – ‘They desire a better country’ – accurately describes Dr. Timmons,” says Ms. Cathy Warner, Chair of the University of Regina Board of Governors.  “Whether conducting research to benefit persons marginalized by disability or challenges with literacy, advocating for the post-secondary sector and Indigenous education, or championing diversity as an important part of Canada’s future, her focus is always on making our country a better place to live.”

“This is a tremendous honour because of what it represents – an acknowledgement that together with many colleagues over the years, I have played some small part in a larger national movement to help Canada move forward positively as a society,” says Dr. Timmons.  “With this appointment comes added responsibility, however, because many of Canada’s longstanding ideals – inclusiveness, tolerance and mutual respect – seem to be increasingly under threat. My hope is that as an Officer of the Order of Canada, I can continue to advance and promote these ideals for the next generation of Canada’s leaders, on whom we will depend so much in the years to come.”

Dr. Timmons has been recognized with a number of awards throughout her career including:

  • Being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011;
  • Receiving the Canada Post Literacy Award in 2009 and the Canadian Association for Community Living’s National Inclusive Education Award in 2010;
  • Being recognized by the Red Cross with its Humanitarian Award in 2013;
  • Receiving the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Recognition Award in 2014 for promoting and supporting diversity within Canadian academic institutions; and
  • Being named the CTV Regina 2016 Citizen of the Year.

 Dr. Timmons will be formally invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall at a ceremony in Ottawa in 2018.