Brandon University will hold its 103rd convocation this Friday, when degrees and awards will be presented to 560 students and a number of honoured guests.
Among them will be two alumni who will receive lifetime achievement awards.
Florence Brownridge graduated from Brandon College in 1949, and pursued a distinguished career in social work in both Canada and the U.S.
Doug Adams devoted nearly 20 consecutive years of volunteer service to BU in a number of capacities, following his graduation in 1987.
"In their own ways, each of these recipients has demonstrated exceptional, longtime service to Brandon University and its values," said BU president Deborah Poff. "We applaud their dedication and life’s work."
Tomorrow’s convocation in the Healthy Living Centre will be split into two ceremonies, one in the morning and a second in the afternoon.
The first, starting at 10 a.m., will include graduates from the faculties of arts, science and health studies.
At this session, Eric Lyle Dick and Dr. Christopher Summerville will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees; Dr. Darek Klonowski will receive the Senate Award for Excellence in Research; and Ashley Langford will be the valedictorian.
The afternoon ceremony, starting at 2:30 p.m., will involve graduates from the School of Music and the faculty of education.
Besides Brownridge and Adams, this session will see Daryle McCannell receive the BUAA Excellence in Teaching Award; Stephanie Brown, Sheri McIvor, David Matskiw and Brad Wall distinguished teacher awards; and Tanya Joice will receive the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Community Service. Sara Bittner is the valedictorian.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipients
DOUG ADAMS — Adams (BEd hon. ’87, Silver Medallist) has served BU in a number of capacities, including board of governors member, BU Foundation president, fundraising campaign worker, and Alumni Association president.
He has garnered several awards for his contributions to the university, including Foundation Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award (2004), Alumni Association Award (2006), and Foundation Honorary Trustee Apex Award (2010). A native of Bagot, Adams has worked for the Brandon School Division since 1987 and is a current board member with Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, past-president of the Brandon West Liberal Association, and director of the Brandon-Souris Liberal Association. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to BU.
FLORENCE BROWNRIDGE — Born 1928 in Brandon, Brownridge (BA ’49, BSW ’51, MS Social Work ’58) was a social worker for more than 35 years until her retirement in 1985, authoring several journal articles on home care, delivering testimony to U.S. Senate and House committees, and publishing the 1988 book, "Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services, Policies and Practices." She was a longtime executive director of the National Homecaring Council in New York City, and her community activities included president, Manitoba Association of Social Workers; board and executive committee member, the National Assembly of National Voluntary Health and Welfare Organizations, in New York; and cross-Canada study for the Canadian Welfare Council in Ottawa. She remains a dedicated BU supporter through the Florence and Bob Brownridge Bursary, given each year to an accomplished arts faculty student.