Release Date: October 5, 2006
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Shumiatcher donates $225,000 to support English graduate students
Jacqui Shumiatcher, honorary degree recipient from the University of Regina and well-known patron of the arts, has donated $225,000 to the Building Dreams and Futures campaign at the U of R to establish the Dr. Morris C. Shumiatcher Graduate Fellowship in English.

The fellowship pays tribute to the life of Morris Shumiatcher and recognizes the long-time Regina lawyer, intellectual, philanthropist and writer. Given the opportunity to write, debate and speak in public most of his life, Shumiatcher was convinced that a command of the English language is essential to the enrichment of the learning experience.

“He was passionate about the English language and he was like that until the end. He loved it. And I thought that would be a nice way to remember him by – his passion,” said Shumiatcher. “The work that is being undertaken at the University is very worthwhile and adds much to the life of this city and this province and even beyond. It’s not only the present; it’s our future. I only wish I could do more.”

The fellowship provides funding support to University of Regina master of arts and PhD candidates in English, with preference given to those who have participated in University debate competitions.

“Drs. Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher have changed the face of this University and community with their philanthropic support of the arts and higher education,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Hawkins. “This new fellowship will provide opportunities for English graduate students for generations to come, helping us attract the best and brightest students to our University. We are pleased that Dr. Shumiatcher has continued her ongoing support of our University with this generous gift.”

Jacqueline Shumiatcher was born in Vendin-le-Vieil, Pas de Calais, France. She worked in a number of positions before forming Managerial Services Ltd. to provide secretarial and managerial services. She has provided leadership and commitment throughout the Regina community. Her community work and philanthropy has been recognized with a number of distinctions, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Regina, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
She and her husband, Morris, have been long-standing donors and patrons of the arts, the community and the province, including donating a theatre to the University of Regina (Shu Box) and contributing to the capital campaign of the First Nations University of Canada. Morris passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2004.

Building Dreams and Futures is an ambitious campaign to raise $100 million for priority areas of the University of Regina, including student and research support, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport and emerging priorities. Funds are being raised from a variety of funding sources, including donations from individuals, corporations, and community organizations. Information on the campaign and how to make a contribution is available at 1-877-779-4723 or www.uregina.ca/campaign.