Kathie Cameron BSc(Hons)’76 – 2022 Distinguished Professional Award
Dr. Kathie Cameron is a highly regarded mathematician and educator. She was one of the University of Regina's earliest mathematics graduates, and convocated with high honours in the spring of 1976.
Throughout her long and distinguished career, Kathie has proven to be a skilled and innovative researcher. Her work has been published in prestigious journals, is widely cited by researchers, and is significant not only to her own mathematical field but other fields such as operations research and software engineering.
A professor in the Mathematics Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kathie has held numerous continuous Research and Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. In addition to her remarkable record of scholarship, Kathie is also a devoted teacher and mentor, and she has been particularly influential in representing, guiding, and encouraging women in STEM.
Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen has been leading the YWCA Regina since 2015, and is the youngest CEO in the organization's 110-year history, Prior to this, Melissa worked in a variety of community-based agencies such as Regina Alternative measures Program, RCMP Depot, and the YMCA of Regina.
Throughout her career, Melissa has demonstrated the capacity to exercise strategic leadership in response to community needs. In both her personal and professional roles, she is a passionate advocate for social justice and change.
Melissa is a tireless community leader and connector, who provides integral leadership and guidance in tackling community issues. She is often called upon to bring together service providers and community to work collaboratively and effectively in tackling issues that impact marginalized people in Regina and across the province. Her expertise on community issues, and her unique approaches to leadership and collaboration are a shining example of all that can be achieved when community comes together for the benefit and inclusion of all.
As a U of R alum, Melissa credits her time at the University for preparing her for her current role as CEO of the largest and longest-serving women's organization in Regina. Melissa stands as a reminder that women's voices must not just be heard but amplified.
As a community organizer and volunteer, Ann Bishop is an embodiment of civic-mindedness. Some of the many organizations she has lent her time and expertise to include the Regent Park Community Association, Regina Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Since 2008 she has been instrumental in organizing the University of Regina's Seniors' University Group's Big Book Sale fundraiser, chairing the organizing committee from 2012 to 2020. Proceeds from the Big Book Sale allow the Seniors' University Group to offer reduced fees for courses, and bursaries for courses at the U of R's Lifelong Learning Centre.
Ann also contributed greatly to the campus community in her various roles on staff at the University of Regina from 1975 to 2018, volunteering for boards and committees throughout her career. It was during her time as an employee at the U of R that
Ann completed a Certificate of Administration in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. Through her work with U of R research units over the years, she has served as a strong advocate for social justice, addressing inequities in health care, and intimate partner violence in our community.
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