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UWinnipeg honours two individuals for their service and outstanding contributions

Christine Payne and Dr. Richard Westwood will be recognized during The University of Winnipeg’s Autumn Convocation on Friday, October 15.

The University of Winnipeg will honour two members of the UWinnipeg community at the upcoming Autumn Convocation on Friday, October 15, 2021.

“Dr. Richard Westwood and Christine Payne are being honoured for their dedication and positive impact” said Dr. James Currie, UWinnipeg’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “Both these individuals, in their own right, reflect UWinnipeg’s spirit of excellence.”

Dr. Richard Westwood: Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service

Westwood’s research includes the conservation of endangered insects and plants in prairie and boreal forest ecosystems, especially urban tree health, and he was instrumental in the founding of UWinnipeg’s Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research. Westwood has worked tirelessly to improve forest health and has made exceptional contributions that further our understanding of the survivability and maintenance of trees in urban environments across Manitoba.

Christine Payne: Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contribution to Self-Governance

Throughout her 35 years of service to UWinnipeg, Payne has made immeasurable contributions to self-governance. While much of her work takes place behind the scenes, she is a driving force behind the University’s many relationships, events, and reputation. Within the sphere of External Relations, Payne is fondly regarded as the person who keeps everything together. The impact of her work influences the highest levels of decision-making and government, and has a profoundly positive affect that is felt by students, staff, and faculty.

In recognition of exceptional service, achievement, and distinction, The University of Winnipeg presents a variety of awards to deserving members of the University family and wider community twice annually at convocation. Find out more on our 2021 Autumn Convocation webpage.

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