KHS Recognizes Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies announced Monday the winners who will be honoured at the eighth annual Distinguished KHS Alumni and Awards Dinner on April 13, 2018.

The dinner recognizes the achievements among students and alumni of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina. The event is meant to further connect students, faculty, alumni and fieldwork partners.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Sheila Hryniuk (pictured left)
Recent Distinguished Alumni Award: Nicole Clow (pictured right)
Outstanding Fieldwork Agency Award: Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished! Inc.
Graduate Student Award: Rob McCaffrey
Undergraduate Student Award: Todd Jones

The Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence within his or her career, has given back to society and inspired others with leadership, and has contributed remarkable community or humanitarian service, will be presented to Sheila Hryniuk.

Hryniuk entered the field in 1991 after completing a Diploma in Recreation & Leisure from SIAST. Her first permanent job in the field was with the Saskatchewan Recreation Society, now named the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (SARP). While starting in an administrative position, she grew to become the Program Development Consultant before enrolling in Physical Activity Studies at the University of Regina and earning her degree in 1997.

With a move to east-central Saskatchewan, Hryniuk began working as a contractor in positions such as the Trans-Canada Trail Coordinator, Fitness Instructor, Youth Outreach Worker, Saskatchewan Summer Games Manager, Performing Arts Coordinator and Recreation Coordinator. In 2007, she accepted the position of Executive Director with the Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District, a position that she holds today.

Hryniuk is a community advocate for Active Transportation, School Travel Planning and HIGH FIVE Training. She was the chair of SARP and of the Yorkton Nursery School Co-operative. She also volunteered on the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Committee, Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Conference Planning Committees and Saskatchewan Games Mission Staff. She’s the costume coordinator for her daughter’s Ukrainian dance club and a hockey mom. In her spare time, she loves to travel and attend live events. She’s married to her husband Darcy McLeod and they have two kids, Jaxon (16) and Jenna (12).

The winner of the Recent Distinguished Alumni Award is Nicole Clow. After graduating with a degree in Sport and Recreation Administration in 2010, she was hired as a coordinator by the Southeast Connection Sport, Culture and Recreation District. Clow was the logistical coordinator and Chef de Mission for Team Southeast at both the 2012 and 2014 Saskatchewan Games. Clow was then hired on as the Games Manager for the 2014 Saskatchewan Games, which is considered the most successful edition of the games with the highest rate of participation and largest economic impact of any games held.

 Clow recently worked at the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games in North Battleford and is proud to have been selected as Mission Staff for Team Saskatchewan at the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Canada Games as well as the 2015 Western Canada Games.

The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished Inc. (Astonished!) has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Fieldwork Agency Award, which is awarded to an organization that has hosted University of Regina Kinesiology and Health Studies students during their fieldwork placements.

Astonished! is a non-profit registered charity based in Regina that works towards an inclusive community where young adults with complex physical disAbilities can share their dreams, explore their strengths, and lead others to a more authentically inclusive society.

Operating on a user-led model, Astonished! builds and offers programs in the areas of self-discovery/skill building, literacy, vocation and recreation. Through a memorandum of understanding with the University of Regina, Astonished! and the University collaborate on a variety of research and inclusion opportunities. Astonished! demonstrates a model of social inclusion by creating opportunities for young adults with complex physical disAbilities, University faculty, staff, and students.

The Graduate Student Award will be presented to Rob McCaffrey, who is a current PhD Candidate working with Dr. Kim Dorsch. Rob’s academic research interests include exploring the effects of mental fatigue on cognitive-perceptual ability in athletic populations. Additionally, Rob is instrumental in the administration and management of the University of Regina Cougar/Rams athlete’s concussion protocol as a member of the Athlete Health and Performance initiative team.

McCaffrey completed his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in sport psychology through the department of Kinesiology. Rob has been the assistant coach of the University of Regina women’s soccer program for nearly five years while also being the head coach of an under-16 club team here in Regina.

When not in the MALL/Sport Psychology Lab or on the soccer field, Rob and his wife Brandi love to take their two dogs (Sheva & Jackson) for walks around Wascana Lake. Rob is employed as a mental training consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan by providing mental training services for inspired athletes. His goal is to complete his PhD and to contribute back to the Regina community through education and athletic ventures.

Lastly, the Undergraduate Student Award winner is Todd Jones. Todd has followed his dream to become a physiotherapist despite adversity along the way. During his four years completing his undergrad at the University of Regina, Jones has contributed to programs such as Sports For All, Man Up, the Alumni Dinner committee, the Adaptive Physical Activity Symposium and the Kinesiology and Health Studies Students’ Society.

Jones is currently in Calgary completing his fieldwork, and is hoping to attend the University of Alberta next year in the physiotherapy program.

The dinner will be held this Friday at the Queensbury Convention Centre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m.