This award is given to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the governance and/or development of the University of Manitoba.
Recipients receive a certificate and medal, and have the privilege of directing $2,000 to support a university program of personal interest.
Helen Norrie is recognized for her dedication to the growth and enhancement of the University of Manitoba-a commitment she’s held for over 60 years. A four-time graduate of the University of Manitoba, Norrie holds bachelor degrees in pedagogy, arts and education as well as a master’s degree in education.
An active contributor to university life in her undergraduate days, Norrie was features editor of the Manitoban and was involved in many student clubs and groups. She was president of the Women’s Association-an executive position on the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. This enthusiastic dedication to community life-and to the University of Manitoba-continued long after Norrie graduated. She taught elementary and high school grades and was a teacher librarian in the Winnipeg, Fort Garry and St. Vital School Divisions during her career. She also taught children’s literature courses in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba (both Fort Garry campus and in Thompson) and reviewed children’s literature for a variety of publications. She is also the author of children’s books and numerous articles and short stories.
She served as a member of the Board of Governors for three years and later, during the term of her husband William Norrie as Chancellor, served with distinction as volunteer ambassador for the university. Eager to contribute to her community, Norrie has been involved in numerous charities and local organizations including the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg. She is the past Manitoba chairperson of UNICEF. She served as a member of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors from 1976 to 1979. She was also a member of the board of the J.W. Dafoe Foundation, a foundation whose prime objective is supporting educational initiatives by providing fellowships, prizes and sponsoring colloquia, particularly at the University of Manitoba.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:00 am