Annual Outreach Award Recipients

2004 -2005 Recipients


Each year the University of Manitoba recognizes employees who have made exemplary contributions to the broader community.

The university congratulates the recipients of the 2005 Outreach Awards. The following were honoured at a special ceremony Nov. 23.


DR. DON FLATEN
DR. ISHMAEL BRUCE
MR. JAMES KOMINOWSKI
MR. TIMOTHY PODOLSKY
DR. JOAN DURRANT
PROF. DEBRA PARKES
MR. IAN CAMERON
MRS. LINDA LAVALLEE
THE MILE TEAM,
represented by MRS. DEBRA GIESBRECHT, MRS. MEERA THADANI and MS. SUNITA PERSAUD
MS. LUCETTE BARBER
MR. JOE DANIS
MS. MAGGIE DUNCAN
MS. BETTY BRAAKSMA
DR. BIRNA BJARNADOTTIR
DR. ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ
MRS. MARIAN KREMERS
DR. PATRICK CHOY
THE DIABETES EDUCATION RESOURCE TEAM FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
represented by DR. ELIZABETH SELLERS and DR. HEATHER DEAN

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DR. DON FLATEN

For providing his technical expertise as a member of the Government of Manitoba Phosphorus Expert Committee, the Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre Industry Advisory Committee, the Manitoba Soil Fertility Advisory Committee, the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board, the Manitoba Sustainable Agriculture Association and the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative ad hoc committee for phosphorus management research in cattle production; for presenting outreach seminars to various agricultural audiences throughout Manitoba, and sharing his expertise through the media. His efforts contribute to the future of agriculture in Manitoba while protecting our environment.

DR. ISHMAEL BRUCE

For his leadership, commitment and service in bringing dental care to the residents of the Norway House Cree Nation.  Dr. Bruce developed a model health care program, the first of its kind across Canada to be created and implemented with community involvement, and tailored to meet the specific needs of the people of the Norway House Cree Nation.  In addition to working as a clinician in the program, managing a team of support staff, practitioners, and specialists, he also oversees the northern community externships of students in dentistry and dental hygiene.  He has been a generous and dedicated ambassador for this program of the Centre for Community Oral Health that continues to benefit the residents of the Norway House Cree Nation, as well as the dental profession and the University of Manitoba.

MR. JAMES KOMINOWSKI

For developing and sustaining an excellent collection in the area of Slavic Studies, a collection which attracts scholars and visitors from across Canada and around the world; for showcasing the Slavic Collection and the Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience and assisting researchers, welcoming academic groups, conference delegations, visiting faculty, and interested individuals, from Russia, Ukraine and all parts of the Eastern European world in their search for materials; for forging strong links with the Slavic community in Winnipeg, by conducting tours and information sessions for Ukrainian organizations; for sharing his expertise as a board member of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, Oseredok; and for volunteering as the Centre’s librarian and resource person.

MR. TIMOTHY PODOLSKY

For his service as a volunteer teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) for high school students at Camp Tabir Zustrich, a two-week educational exchange between Canadian students and Ukrainian students in the summer of 2005; and for providing leadership to other volunteer instructors from western Canada at Camp Tabir Zustrich.

DR. JOAN DURRANT

For increasing accessibility of programs in the Department of Family Social Sciences to Aboriginal students, including the development of the Aboriginal Child and Family Services Diploma; for her leadership in the transformation of the Centre for Development Health which included raising funds to renovate the space, and supporting faculty research, while at the same time developing a strategy to support families using the facility; for overseeing the revision of the curriculum in the Department of Family Social Sciences that fully integrates a community-based learning component that benefits both students and community agencies with whom the Department has partnered; and for her extensive work related to public education and advocacy regarding the elimination of physical punishment to children.

PROF. DEBRA PARKES

For her service with the Elizabeth Fry Society in Manitoba and nationally, particularly her involvement in “Human Rights in Action,” a national initiative aimed at developing solutions to the crisis of the over-representation of Aboriginal women in federal prisons; for sharing her expertise with community and government concerning the treatment of women in the criminal justice system; for her service with the women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law; and for her involvement in building bridges to the Manitoba judiciary through their “Law at Lunch” program and to the profession through her involvement with the Pitblado Lectures.

MR. IAN CAMERON

For his efforts to promote science in general, and astronomy in particular, among high school teachers; for organizing workshops for teachers in elementary and high schools to develop science and engineering skills and interests; for bringing astronomy into Manitoba classrooms through the Ewen Remote Observing Site at the Glenlea Research Station; for organizing an astronomy camp in the spring of 2005; and for his long-standing involvement in programs for schools and the public at the Lockhart Planetarium, and as a judge at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium and the Winnipeg Division No. 1 Science Fair.

MRS. LINDA LAVALLEE

For the critical role she has played as a volunteer with the Univillage Student Daycare Board of Directors; and for helping students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting researchers and their families who are new to Canada to connect and make links with services offered at the University of Manitoba.

THE MILE TEAM represented by MRS. DEBRA GIESBRECHT MRS. MEERA THADANI MS. SUNITA PERSAUD

For providing sound advice and information to the general public on all medications; for expanding the reach of the MILE program into Manitoba’s rural communities and into Nunavut; for developing and disseminating interactive promotional CDs about MILE for the benefit of medical practitioners working in remote areas; and for going the “extra mile” to ensure ongoing community access for this vital public service program originally developed for seniors but now available for everyone.

MS. LUCETTE BARBER

For her work as the coordinator of the “Schools on Board” program of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.  “Schools on Board” is a field program that involves high school students in the activities of science teams doing research aboard the Amundsen, a retrofitted Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that is located in the Arctic.  Ms. Barber has been instrumental in coordinating the students’ experiences and then sharing these with the students’ classmates, families, and communities, as well as schools across Canada.

MR. JOE DANIS

For his work in developing PRAXIS, a campus-wide initiative that strives to promote community outreach and service-based learning among students; for his leadership in the organization of PRAXIS-sponsored programs including food and clothing drives, youth mentoring services and penny wars; and for his humanitarian work - begun when he was studying international development and conflict resolution, and continuing to this day - with the Rangpur Dinajpur Regional Service in Bangladesh.  His work with PRAXIS on campus, and his international work are both designed to foster leadership potential and professional development.

MS. MAGGIE DUNCAN

For sharing her expertise in educational programming and policy development related to harassment and discrimination as a volunteer with the Harassment Advisory Committee for the Centre for Christian Studies, a theological school in Winnipeg; for her long-standing involvement as a member of the Board of Directors for “Reaching E-Quality Employment Services,” a non-profit employment agency for people with disabilities in Winnipeg; and for her involvement as a senior officer of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education, an organization committed to the dissemination of research in the area of harassment, discrimination and human rights in Canadian universities and colleges.

MS. BETTY BRAAKSMA

For presenting results of the University of Manitoba Libraries Information Literacy Program to national and international audiences, enabling the University as a whole to become recognized for developing an innovative and successful information literacy program; for providing professional development opportunities to librarians in many communities; and for the development of information literacy tools that can be adopted or adapted in numerous institutions.

DR. BIRNA BJARNADOTTIR

For taking a very active part in the life of the Icelandic community by attending local events, meeting with members of the community,  writing articles for the local Icelandic newspaper, arranging art exhibits for Icelandic artists and explaining the University to the community at large; and for raising the profile of the Icelandic Department by drawing Icelandic scholars and students to the University.

DR. ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ

For fostering a wide array of contacts between the Department of French, Spanish and Italian and the community inside and outside of Manitoba; and for creating and serving as the artistic director of “Los Titeres de Don Quixote,” a puppet company founded in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Spanish masterpiece Don Quixote.  Los Titeres de Don Quixote serves as a showcase for the excellent programs in Spanish offered at the University of Manitoba.  The puppet company has performed at local high schools, community centres, hospitals and colleges, as well as at the Spanish Embassy in Ottawa, at academic conferences, and other events commemorating Don Quixote’s 400th anniversary.

MRS. MARIAN KREMERS

For her service on the boards of the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association, the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association, and the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists; and for her work in developing a Speechcraft program for students in the Faculty of Pharmacy.  The Speechcraft program, now a core element of the communications curriculum in Pharmacy, recognizes that pharmacists provide a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical services, and ensures that pharmacists-in-training become effective communicators of drug management.

DR. PATRICK CHOY

For his long-standing service to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, as a board member, chair of the Research Advisory Committee and the Scientific Review Committee, the Vice-President from 1997 until 2003, and as Honorary Secretary since 2003; for his service on the Health Sciences Centre Allocations Committee, the St. Boniface Research Enterprises Board, and the Manitoba Health Research Council; for nurturing the formation of inter-university exchange programs between the University of Manitoba and Jilin University (formerly the Norman Bethune University of Medical Science), the Shanghai Medical University, and the Shantou Medical University; and for his involvement locally with the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre, and the Winnipeg Chinese Community Foundation Fund.

THE DIABETES EDUCATION RESOURCE TEAM FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS represented by DR. ELIZABETH SELLERS DR. HEATHER DEAN

For coordination of a variety of outreach programs in rural and northern Manitoba and in northwestern Ontario; for fostering partnerships with numerous community organizations in Manitoba; for the organization of annual educational events for teachers and for families; and for staffing and training students in medicine, nursing and human nutritional sciences who work at Camp Koda, a residential camp for children with diabetes.