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U of R celebrates award recipients in recognition of National Philanthropy Day

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: November 13, 2020 12:00 a.m.

University of Regina Chancellor Pamela Klein received the 2020 Outstanding Philanthropist award for her tireless leadership and dedication to philanthropy.
University of Regina Chancellor Pamela Klein received the 2020 Outstanding Philanthropist award for her tireless leadership and dedication to philanthropy. Photo: U of R Photography

Every year on November 15, Canadians celebrate the individuals and organizations who generously give their time, talent, skills, and money to help others in their community, country, and internationally to create a better world.

In 2020, the University of Regina is pleased to celebrate three exceptional award recipients who are being recognized for their leadership and dedication to philanthropy – University of Regina Chancellor Pamela Klein, SaskMasks, and Ledcor Construction Limited. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – South Saskatchewan Chapter administers these awards as part of National Philanthropy Day.

The award winners fall into three categories – Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Youth Philanthropist, and Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist.

Chancellor Pamela Klein has received the prestigious award for 2020 Outstanding Philanthropist. This award recognizes individuals or families who have a proven history of financial generosity, civic and charitable responsibility, and who motivate others to become philanthropic leaders.

“I am honoured to receive this award,” says Chancellor Klein, who has a long record of community engagement and charitable giving, including her work with the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation, and North Central Family Centre. As well, she recently established the Pamela Klein Women in Leadership Scholarship in the Faculty of Business Administration, which will be awarded for the first time this Fall.

“Being involved with and giving back to my community in Regina, in my province, and country is a passion for me. I strongly believe in the power of ‘paying it forward’ and supporting other people, especially women, in their life journey, whether that’s in the workplace or their personal lives.”

Chancellor Klein leads by example, both in her work as President of the Phoenix Group, a leading communications and advertising agency based in Saskatchewan, and through her volunteerism where she donates her extensive communications expertise to support community events and important causes. In 2019, Chancellor Klein took up the reins of the University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum as Chair of this premier leadership development event. Prior to this role, she is perhaps best-known as the founder of the Power of Pink event, which she created to support breast cancer detection and rehabilitation, raising over $750,000.

In June 2020, she received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit; and, in 2017, she was awarded a Canada 150 Medal for philanthropic contribution.

“Chancellor Klein is an incredible leader within the philanthropic community in Saskatchewan,” says Marc Butikofer, Director of Development at the University of Regina and past-President of the AFP South Saskatchewan Chapter. “Her passion and dedication to her community has inspired so many people and organizations to persevere, to succeed, and to inspire others. The true strength of philanthropy is its ability to empower others, which is what all recipients have achieved and are recognized for through these important awards.”

From individual leaders such as Chancellor Klein to student-led organizations and industry, National Philanthropy Day is a time to celebrate philanthropic leadership in all its forms.

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Business students (L to R) Jana and
Robyn Ham established SaskMasks to help
meet the demand for masks during the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo: Courtesy of Jana and Robyn Ham

SaskMasks – a non-profit organization led by four community-minded students at the U of R’s Hill School of Business – is receiving the Outstanding Youth Philanthropist award. Under the leadership of twin sisters Jana and Robyn Ham and their fellow students Ryan Sellinger and Jordan Tholl, SaskMasks was created to help flatten the curve and mitigate the shortage of personal protective equipment during the initial COVID-19 outbreak.

The students spent hours from their homes producing homemade, reusable cloth masks. Since the organization’s start-up in April, SaskMasks has donated over $43,000 of their net proceeds to local charities, such as the Regina Food Bank, Carmichael Outreach, and YMCA Regina.

In the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist category, Ledcor Construction Limited is receiving the award for their local and international philanthropic activities and spirit of caring.

Ledcor and its employees have donated more than $24 million over the past ten years to charities and organizations across North America, including local Food Banks and the United Way. The company is also a generous community supporter, sponsoring the U of R’s Prairie Kitchen Party and Student Emergency Fund, as well as the Darke Hall and College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award celebration is moving from a single event to a week-long virtual celebration from November 15 to 20. The virtual celebration features a series of videos throughout the week that highlight the 2020 award recipients in each of the seven award categories. To watch the video and for information on all the award recipients, visit the Association of Fundraising Professionals – South Saskatchewan Chapter online.