Renu Kapoor and Eric Peterson to receive University of Regina’s Highest Honour

Media Advisory Release Date: June 5, 2019 3:55 p.m.

On June 6, the second day of the University of Regina’s 2019 Spring Convocation, Renu Kapoor will be presented with Honorary Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD,) and Eric Peterson will be presented with Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa (DFA) the highest honours the University can grant.  

“It is the biggest surprise of my life, and I feel deeply humbled by this honour,” Kapoor said about receiving the honorary degree. “Regina has enriched my and my family’s life so much, and I believe in giving back to this community.”

Kapoor’s volunteer activities include working with organizations such as Cultural Connections Regina, Community Foundations of Canada, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction, South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, SaskCulture, Regina Public Library, Regina Airport Authority. She has been recognized for her volunteer work with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, University of Regina President’s Community Award, YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, among many others.

“It’s difficult for me to describe - it’s a big deal” said Peterson about receiving the honorary degree. “I hope it shows young people that they don’t have to leave to achieve success, that being a cultural worker is not just something done by other people in other places.”

Peterson, was born and grew up in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. He has established a distinguished 50-year stage, screen and voice acting career that includes the play Billy Bishop Goes to War. He has performed on stage in countless theatres across Canada, at international festivals, at London’s West End and on Broadway and in several TV series. He is perhaps best known for his role as Oscar Leroy in the TV series Corner Gas. Peterson is a passionate supporter of the arts and their ability to illustrate what life in Canada and being Canadian is like.

Note: Kapoor and Peterson will be available for interviews on June 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the Conexus Arts Centre prior to the start of the convocation ceremonies at 2:00 p.m..


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