Awards recognize outstanding contributions
to student life, community
art student Rebecca Wood, left, and Department of Athletics
staff member Pat Richards are this year's recipients of
the R.P. Gilmor Student Life Award.
Photo by Barbara Chance
Student leaders were honoured for their contributions
to U of G, student life and the Guelph community during
a special "Last Lecture" and at an awards banquet
The Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award, established
in honour of Brian Sullivan, who served as associate vice-president
(student affairs) from 1988 to 1999, was presented to graduating
political science student Rich Appiah.
This award recognizes a graduating student who has made
significant contributions to student leadership through
her or his involvement as an elected or appointed student
representative at U of G. Appiah, a President's Scholar,
serves on Senate, is a member of the Senate Executive Committee,
is chair of the Judicial Committee, has served as both president
and chair of Interhall Council and has been a member of
the Central Student Association board of directors.
The award was presented during the "Last Lecture,"
a first-time event that Appiah organized as an opportunity
for graduating students to celebrate and reflect on their
experiences at Guelph. A student, a faculty member and a
U of G graduate spoke at the event.
At the following awards banquet, the Andre Auger Citizenship
Award, named for Andre Auger, who served as director of
the Counselling and Student Resource Centre from 1973 to
2000, was presented to Paula Richardson, who will graduate
this summer with a BA in international development studies.
This award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student
who has consistently demonstrated through volunteer efforts
a sense of personal responsibility and commitment toward
The Student Leadership Rookie Award, presented to a student
who, during her or his first year of active involvement
in campus life, has made invaluable contributions to a club
or organization at the University, went to first-year student
The awards banquet also marked the presentation of the
R.P. Gilmor Student Life Award, which recognizes individuals
or groups who have contributed to the betterment of student
life at U of G. It is named for Paul Gilmor, provost and
director of student services from 1967 to 1987.
This year's recipients are Pat Richards, lifestyle and
fitness co-ordinator in the Department of Athletics, and
graduating fine art student Rebecca Wood.
The lifestyle and fitness team headed by Richards, who
joined U of G in 1985, provides a range of employment opportunities
for students and offers a unique opportunity for students,
staff and faculty to interact. Wood is president of the
Fine Art Network, won first prize in the school's 2002 Juried
Art Exhibition and was development officer for the recent
Montreal conference on "Globalization and Post-Colonialism
II: Intimate and Interactive."
Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs),
lauds the accomplishments of all the 2002 award recipients.
"This annual recognition event is always special for
me because it's a time when we realize more than ever the
kind of quality students we have at U of G and the outstanding
contributions they make to this university," she says.