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News Release

April 09, 2001

Two recognized for contributions to student life

A University of Guelph staff member and student have been named this year’s winners of the R.P. Gilmor Student Life Award for contributions that enhance the quality of campus life.

Recipients are Laurie Schnarr, manager of leadership, service and involvement programs in the Counselling and Student Resource Centre (CSRC), and Kathryn Barkey, a third-year Ontario Agricultural College student. The award is named for former provost Paul Gilmor.

Schnarr, who joined the University in 1983 and CSRC in 1985, is described by student nominators as “a tireless advocate for the betterment of student life” who is “willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to support students.” Schnarr, who assumed management of the University’s peer helper program in the mid-’80s, has been instrumental in developing it into the largest peer helper program in Canada. She also co-ordinates Student Leaders Interacting and Collaborating, an award-winning leadership conference for newly elected and appointed student leaders from across the country.

Barkey, who is president of the Student Federation of OAC (SFOAC), has represented her college on the University’s Judicial Board and the Student Budget Advisory Group and is a student representative on the academic vice-president’s faculty selection committee. Previously, she acted as liaison between SFOAC and the University’s Human Rights and Equity Office and is currently working with alumni as a member of the OAC Alumni Foundation and OAC Alumni Association boards. A 4-H member and active Jr. Farmer, Barkey currently works part time for the Ontario Farm Animal Council and the Admissions Office.

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