Axworthy to receive Distinguished Canadian Award

Posted: May 16, 2013 9:05 a.m.

Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., O.M.
Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., O.M. Photo: Cory Aronec, Studio 448

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., O.M., is the recipient of the 29th annual Distinguished Canadian Award (DCA) presented by the University of Regina’s Lifelong Learning Centre and the Seniors’ University Group. He will receive his award May 28.

The Distinguished Canadian Award was established by the Seniors' University Group in 1985 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian life. The award is intended to raise public awareness of the dynamic role older adults, specifically aged 55 and over, play in society.

“We selected Dr. Axworthy to be this year’s DCA recipient because he contributed to making Canada and the world a better place as an educator, statesman and humanitarian,” said Kerrie Strathy, head of the Lifelong Learning Centre. “The Lifelong Learning Centre and Seniors’ University Group are honoured to recognize him for his many outstanding accomplishments and contributions.”

Since 2004, Axworthy has been President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students. His political career spanned 27 years; six years serving in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 years serving in the Federal Parliament. Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, especially for the Ottawa Treaty - a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. For his leadership on landmines, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Axworthy has received many awards throughout his career. He received the Senator Patrick J. Leahy Award in recognition of his leadership in the global effort to: outlaw landmines; ban the use of children as soldiers; and bring war criminals to justice. Axworthy also received the Madison Medal for his record of outstanding public service, the CARE International Humanitarian Award, and honorary doctorates from 12 universities. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Order of Canada in 2003 and the Order of Manitoba in 2004. Axworthy notes how special it is to receive this award, like the many others, he is honoured by them.

“I am honored and pleased to be receiving the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina. The event provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the pursuit of adult education while supporting the valuable community outreach programs offered by the Lifelong Learning Centre.”

Past Distinguished Canadian Award recipients have included T.C. Douglas, John Archer, Roy Bonisteel, Allan Blakeney, Stephen Lewis, Sylvia Fedoruk, Adrienne Clarkson, Lloyd Barber, Shirley Douglas, Maria Campbell, Lynda Haverstock, George Reid and Roy Romanow.

Proceeds from the dinner will support the Lifelong Learning Centre programs including the Aboriginal Grandmothers’ Caring for Grandchildren Support Network.

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