The COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt to many special events in the past 16 months. That’s true of the awarding of University of Regina honorary degrees that are usually presented at Spring and Fall Convocation ceremonies. The last time the University presented its most prestigious awards was in the Fall of 2019. Thankfully, that has changed. This Spring’s honorary degree recipients include one of the world’s most decorated masters track and field athletes, a respected academic and a tireless Indigenous advocate.

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University of Regina alum and former Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana, the Honourable Ralph Goodale BA'71, has been appointed as High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


In his new position, Goodale will provide strategic advice to the Prime Minister on areas of importance to people in Canada and the United Kingdom. This includes many current and ongoing challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, pursuing post-Brexit trade, and creating job opportunities.

"Ralph Goodale's decades of experience will continue to serve Canadians well in his new position as High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As a trusted advisor in London, he will work to further strengthen the friendship between our two countries while we work together to tackle our greatest challenges, and continue to offer thoughtful and heartfelt advice on behalf of Canadians," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister, this week.


Goodale grew up on a farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina in 1971 when it was the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Goodale also received the University of Regina President's Community Award in 2014, which recognized his contributions to public service and his dedication to Saskatchewan and its residents.


"As one of the University of Regina's most distinguished alumni, Mr Goodale has served our province and country with integrity and distinction for nearly five decades," said University of Regina Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Thomas Chase. "There is no one more experienced or more qualified to represent Canada internationally, and on behalf of our entire University community, I wish him all the best in this important role."


Most recently, Goodale served in the federal Cabinet as Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He was also the lead on Canada's response to Iran's shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in a special advisory position to the Prime Minister.


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In 1992, on a whim, Carol LaFayette-Boyd competed in her first masters track meet. Although she hadn't competed in track and field since high school, she captured the 100 metre and 200 metre gold medals and has been competing ever since. She holds world records in the indoor 60 metres, 200 metres, long jump and triple jump. Her world outdoor records include 100 metres, 200 metres, high jump long jump and triple jump. In 2018, she broke world indoor records in the 60 metres, long jump and triple jump, and also set a world outdoor mark in the 100 metres. That same year, at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Málaga, Spain, she won five gold medals and set world records in the 200 metres and high jump. As a result, she was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year by World Masters Athletics. She was voted into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Prior to her track and field career, LaFayette-Boyd worked in
nursing and social work. In 1965, she completed her psychiatric nursing training at the Saskatchewan Hospital in Weyburn. She later decided to return to her studies earning a social work certificate in 1977 by night classes. In 1985 she earned a degree in Social Work and continued working for the Saskatchewan Government in Social Services and Corrections. [post_title] => Carol LaFayette-Boyd BSW'85 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => dr-carol-lafayette-boyd [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-02 10:33:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-02 16:33:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )