The University of Winnipeg



Exceptional Faculty to be Honoured at Convocation

The University of Winnipeg is pleased to honour the outstanding accomplishments of two members of our faculty at Autumn Convocation, on Friday, October 16, 2015.

David Suzuki to receive Honorary Doctor of Science
Gilles Paquin to receive UWinnipeg Distinguished Alumni Award

“Both Dr. Roewan Crowe and Dr. Anna Stokke exemplify the powerful impact the members of our faculty have on the wider community,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg. “We’re fortunate our students not only benefit from the wisdom and practical knowledge these women share in the classroom, but also from the inspiration they provide by building academic careers that contribute to positive change in the world.”

Roewan Crowe

Roewan Crowe

Roewan Crowe, BA, MA, PhD
Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness

A renowned artist, writer, curator and teacher, Dr. Roewan Crowe is known for spearheading transformative community art projects in her role as co-director of UWinnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS); for her work with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA); and for her social justice activism on contemporary issues such as gender, racism and colonialism. A feminist scholar, Crowe is dedicated to highlighting the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and those who identify as two-spirit, including through the IWGS partnership that brought the REDress Project installation to UWinnipeg. Crowe has also been a mentor to women developing as artists, writers and activists, and she co-founded the FemRev Collective to connect with young feminist activists

Anna Stokke

Anna Stokke

Anna Stokke, BSc, MSc, PhD
Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service

An associate professor of mathematics, researcher and education activist, Dr. Anna Stokke has had a profound impact on math education policy and curriculum in Canada. Upon discovering that every Canadian province (except Quebec) had a significant decline in math scores on international assessment tests over a ten-year period, Stokke recognized a crisis was underway. She passionately engaged parents and all levels of government in improving math education, and her advocacy led to revisions to the Manitoba math curriculum in 2013. Stokke has spent countless volunteer hours working with children on math skills, and co-founded and leads two organizations that improve mathematical literacy:  WISE Math (Western Initiative for Strengthening Education in Math) and Archimedes Math Schools (AMS). She and her husband Ross Stokke have also organized summer math readiness workshops for inner-city children in UWinnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre since 2013.

UWinnipeg’s Autumn Convocation takes place on Friday, October 16, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.; in the Duckworth Centre (Spence Street at Ellice Avenue). More information can be found at

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