Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service

When the University of Regina was awarded the honour of hosting the 2018 USports Women's Basketball Championship, it became apparent that coordinating volunteer activities and event logistics would require extraordinary leadership. To use the basketball vernacular, it was a “slam dunk” when Amy Moroz BEd’98 and Andrea Ward BEd’00, MEd’10 were named co-chairs of the prestigious event that the University has hosted three times since 2009. Just as they had done two decades earlier when they led the Cougars women’s basketball team to the cusp of a national championship, the duo, proved they were formidable all-stars.

Amy (Mickleborough) Moroz BEd'98 & Andrea (Gottselig) Ward BEd'00, MEd'10 posed as superheroes

The Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service is presented to a graduate (or graduates) to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership and service to the University’s Alumni Association. Both Amy and Andrea graduated with Education degrees and now work in Regina schools as teachers and coaches – ensuring the next generation of basketball players is as skilled as those of the past.

In cooperation with the University and USports, the pair oversaw an outstanding committee that consisted of alumni and committee members from past years’ championships. Amy and Andrea’s inclusive and collaborative leadership style ensured that all committee members were empowered and brought their best to the table.

The pair’s vision was to provide all participating teams and fans with an extraordinary experience during their time in Regina. Alumni activities were plentiful during the weekend, drawing graduates from across western Canada, as well as from the U.S. Although the Cougars fell short in their bid to win the national championship, alumni and the packed Kinesiology Centre gym, enjoyed cheering them on to a bronze medal win.

In every aspect, the tournament was a success and brought a lot of positive exposure to the University of Regina because of Amy and Andrea’s leadership.

As former University of Regina Athletics director, Dick White commented, “Their approach of engaging former members of the Cougars Women's Basketball program to provide the leadership foundation for committees and operation of the tournament was unique and undoubtedly will have a long-term impact for those women and their connection to our University. The event was memorable for all who participated whether as an athlete or fan and this was due in no small part to the vision and leadership of Amy and Andrea."

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Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

Allan Bonner’s BEd’78 extraordinary career began 40 years ago with the first of many post-graduate degrees – a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Regina. Ever since he has been building his professional experience and skills and is considered one of the most respected risk and crisis managers in the world. He has worked on five continents, lectured at universities in England, Russia, the United States, and Canada, and his books are used as texts at leading universities in North America and England.

During his career, he has counselled nearly 30,000 senior executives and played a role in working through some of the most controversial public issues of our time. These issues include: Hong Kong’s return to China, European Union, NAFTA, overfishing, cross-border pollution, G7 meetings, Kosovo, Gulf Wars I & II, 9/11, and the recent OECD and G20s attempt to make the international taxation issue, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), or so-called transfer pricing, more equitable and rational.

Allan has consulted to the military (JAG, Chiefs of Defence Staff, Provost Marshall, Peacekeepers), international diplomats (including at the UN and its agencies), domestic, offshore and central banks, oil, gas, and chemical companies and other blue chip clients on five continents.

He has worked with 12 heads of government, more than 100 cabinet ministers and UN officials in Nairobi, Malta, Vienna, and New York. Two of his long-standing clients are Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

Dr. Allan Bonner BEd'78 holds a Spiderman costume

Allan began his career as a journalist at the local and network levels in Canada and in the United States. In Saskatchewan, he worked for CJME and both CBC Radio and CBC. He holds graduate degrees in: political science; business administration; law; risk, crisis, and disaster management; and urban planning. He is currently studying for a degree in public policy and administration which will be his seventh post-graduate degree.

For 30 years he has been both a guest lecturer and taught full courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Canadian Police College, Federal Study Centre, the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Osgoode Hall Law School, New York University, York University, the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, The George Washington University, Oxford University (UK), Royal Holloway University (UK), the Kamsky Institute of Humanitarian and Engineering Technologies in Izhevsk, Russia, and the University of Regina.

He is the author of eight books on the topics of communication, leadership, urban planning, and crisis management. He has written about 200 articles for Marketing Magazine, Law Times, Bout de Papier, Internal Communications Focus, Canadian Corporate Counsel, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, the Hill times, Troy Media syndication, Tribune News Service syndication, Lawyers Weekly, Calgary Herald, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and National Post.

He was the first North American to be awarded a post-graduate degree in risk, crisis, and disaster management. A life-long learner, Allan has been trained in negotiation skills and leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has taken extension courses at the University of Toronto, and is part-way through a certificate in emergency preparedness at Ryerson University.

Allan has just been named to the board of the Mackenzie Institute, the think tank dedicated to security issues.

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Humanitarian and Community Service Award
Jacqueline Tisher CCE Professional Leadership Certificate’16 has dedicated her life to extraordinarily compassionate care of some of society’s most vulnerable individuals – children with complex medical needs. She is the founder of Hope’s Home, a medical daycare and respite for children with complex medical needs and their families. Jacqueline’s journey really began with the birth of her daughter Acacia. When she was just 18 weeks, an ultra sound revealed that Acacia had spina bifida myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus and Jacqueline’s life changed forever. Acacia spent the first year of her life in the hospital enduring 13 neurosurgical procedures. (She died in 2011 at the age of 18.) At the time of Acacia's birth, Jacqueline, who was studying to become a registered nurse, was inspired by her daughter and changed her focus to study pediatric and neonatal intensive care. For 13 years, Jacqueline worked in the field and saw many children facing life-threatening diagnosis never leave the hospital. She also discovered that community support was lacking for those who were discharged. One of those children living in the hospital was little Hope Dawn Marie, an infant who was placed in foster care because her mother was unable to meet her complex medical needs. Like Acacia, she had been born with spina bifida. Jacqueline willingly became her foster mother. Sadly though, Hope passed away at 10 months of age, having spent nearly all of her life in the hospital. Once again, Jacqueline recognized the gaps in community support but she was about to change that. Jacqueline Tisher holds superhero mask Hope’s Home began in 2005, when Jacqueline took a leave of absence to care for a friend’s child who had complex medical needs. She planned to do that for a year and then return to work. What she didn’t know at the time was that she had established the first medical daycare in Canada. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, after 12 years, Hope’s Home has grown from a small home-based business to a multimillion dollar not-for-profit charitable organization that has provided community care to more than 1,000 children with the highest medical needs in the province. The care at Hope’s Home focuses on enriching each child’s life – seeing them as capable learners and contributors to society, no matter what their diagnosis. With the help and dedication from an amazing complement of staff at Hope’s Home, it’s ultimately a place for special children to just be kids. [post_title] => The Extraordinary Jacqueline Tisher [post_excerpt] => This year marks the 14th anniversary of the University of Regina’s flagship alumni award program – The Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards. The awards were established to celebrate the accomplishments of University of Regina alumni who have realized outstanding achievement in their field. Meet one of this fall’s deserving recipients. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-extraordinary-jacqueline-tisher [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-21 10:13:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-21 16:13:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.degreesmagazine.ca/?p=2332 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )