University of Regina President to receive award from Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada

News Release Release Date: April 23, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Vianne Timmons, President of the University of Regina, has been selected to receive the 2014 Recognition Award from the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC). This award is given to a SWAAC member who has continually demonstrated innovative leadership in advancing the mission of, and making outstanding contributions to, their institution.

The award will be presented to Dr. Timmons at SWAAC’s annual conference on May 2, 2014 in Saint John, New Brunswick. In addition to the award, SWAAC will make a $1,000 donation on her behalf to the Timmons Mason Scholarship at the University of Regina. This scholarship has been established to support students with developmental disabilities and help provide them the opportunity to improve their literacy, employment, and life skills. The endowment further supports the Campus for All program at the University of Regina.

“It is truly an honour to receive this award,” says Dr. Timmons. “Through SWAAC, I feel very much a part of a community of strong women leaders from across Canada, and I look forward to celebrating the remarkable contributions of these leaders and continuing to learn from them at the upcoming conference.”

In addition to being recognized for her leadership in advancing the academic mission of the University of Regina, Dr. Timmons is also being recognized by SWAAC through this award for the role she continues to play in promoting women’s leadership in Canadian academic institutions. As the first woman university president in Saskatchewan’s history, she has been a strong supporter of women in leadership roles.  In 2010, she created the Inspiring Leadership Forum, an annual event at the University of Regina that provides a unique opportunity for women to explore issues related to leadership, professional development, and personal growth. She was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network four consecutive times, and continues to work with the organization to provide mentorship to young women just starting out in their own careers.


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