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February 27, 2007

New Volunteer Awards Created in Honour of Winegard

Three new annual awards that will recognize a University of Guelph student, staff member and faculty member for significant community involvement and charitable activities have been created in honour of former U of G president Bill Winegard.

The Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards have been jointly established by U of G, the United Way and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington to increase recognition of the volunteer involvement of members of the University community.

“Dr. Winegard embodies the community spirit that is so prevalent at the University of Guelph,” said Cathy Taylor of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington. “It is with great honour that we name these awards on his behalf.”

Winegard came to U of G three years after its founding in 1964 and served as president until 1975. After retiring from academia and U of G, he served as a member of Parliament for Guelph from 1984 to 1993 and became a member of the Privy Council of Canada as minister for science. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.

“I am pleased by the recognition these awards represent,” said Winegard. “Reaching out has provided me with immense fulfilment over the years, and I’m delighted that students, faculty and staff will be formally praised for their volunteer efforts in the community.”

Award organizers are calling for nominations of current U of G students, staff and faculty members who have devoted time and effort to the development of non-profit/charitable organizations or charitable activities that benefit the community. Nomination packages are available online at and must be submitted by March 23, 2007. For more information, call 519-822-0912.

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