University of Regina celebrates the 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards recipients

News Release Release Date: October 6, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Since 1992, the University of Regina and the University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA) have recognized the achievements of our most accomplished graduates through the Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards. 

“It is an honour to help recognize these five deserving recipients of the 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “Each recipient, through their distinguished professional and community service, truly exemplifies the University’s motto: “As One Who Serves”. 

The awards ceremony celebrating the outstanding personal and professional achievements of these alumni, is being held as a hybrid live/virtual event on Wednesday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook Live

The 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient is the Honourable Rev. Lorne Calvert BA’73, former Premier of Saskatchewan. “Thinking of all of those who have graduated from the University of Regina, and then from among them having been chosen to receive this award is for me firstly surprising and then humbling! It is with much appreciation that I receive this award. To be recognized by one’s own school is about as good as it gets,” said Calvert. 

Dr. Sarah Plosker BSc’08, MSc’10, is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Outstanding Young Alumni and a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in quantum information theory at Brandon University. “I am so very proud of this achievement! The fact that this recognition comes from the Alumni Association makes it extra special to me,” said Plosker. “My university experience played a vital role in shaping who I am today. Not only did I learn the foundational math that I need every day in my job as a professor, but I became a more well-rounded person through participation in extracurriculars.” 

The 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Professional Achievement is the Honourable Graeme Mitchell, BA’75, BMus’75, Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan who earned an outstanding reputation as a lawyer, particularly with respect to Canadian Constitutional law. 

Latoya Reid BSW’18, MSW’21, a registered social worker, community activist and leader who has focused her advocacy around one of today’s most important issues – anti-racism is the 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Humanitarian and Community Service

The 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Outstanding Service (Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award) recipient Doug McKillop BAdmin’76 has had a long and distinguished career in the accounting profession and has been a tireless community volunteer, especially for the University of Regina Rams football club. 

Additional information about these distinguished recipients and the awards is available here.

Thank you to our 2021 ACAA presenting sponsor University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA) and our award sponsors Dilawri Preferred, Leader Post, Faculty of Social Work, TD Insurance & BMO University of Regina Mastercard.

“The University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA) is very proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards,” said Christine Niemczyk, URAA president. “URAA financially supports the event and the awards, which are designed and created by a U of R alum.”

Interviews with the recipients may be arranged through the listed contact.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

About the University of Regina Alumni Association

Graduates of the University of Regina, are automatically members of the University of Regina Alumni Association (URAA), a non-profit charitable organization that was formed in 1974. It is governed by an elected volunteer board of directors. The association's mandate is to promote the accomplishments and achievements of the University of Regina Alumni and its current students while supporting the development of the University of Regina. Members of the URAA, are entitled to benefits and services that are exclusive to U of R graduates. URAA and the University of Regina strive to develop programs that are meaningful and valuable for its members.

 

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