OCUFA announces winners of Status of Women Award of Distinction, Lorimer Award

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Today, OCUFA announced the winners of the 2014 Status of Women Award of Distinction and the Lorimer Award. The awards will be handed out in a special ceremony in Toronto on February 7, 2015.

The Status of Women Award of Distinction recognizes women who have improved the lives and working conditions of academic women and, by extension, their students, colleagues, families, and friends. This year’s winners are:

  • Sandra Acker, Professor Emerita of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto, for her research on women academics and mentorship of graduate students;
  • Melanie Campbell, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, for her work to improve the position of academic women through organizational, policy, and educational leadership;
  • Kathryn Church, Director, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, for her scholarship and advocacy on behalf of academic women with disabilities;
  • Haideh Moghissi, Professor of Equity Studies, York University, for her pioneering scholarship on women and Islam, and her commitment to humans rights and social justice for all; and
  • Marcia Rioux, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University, for her foundational and globally recognized work on advancing the rights of women in health-related policy and legislation.

“OCUFA is committed to advancing and protecting the personal, professional and academic interests of women in the academy,” said Kate Lawson, President of OCUFA. “That is why we are so proud to bestow this honor upon such an exceptional group of advocates for academic women.”

The Lorimer Award recognizes individuals who have worked to protect and promote the interests of Ontario’s academic staff through collective bargaining. The award was established in honour of Doug and Joyce Lorimer, who were instrumental in advancing faculty association collective bargaining in Ontario. Winners of the award all share the Lorimers’ commitment to advancing Ontario’s university system through strong faculty associations and fair collective agreements. This year’s winners are:

This year’s winners are:

  • Sheila McKee-Protopapas, Executive Director, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association
  • Professor Edward Carter, University of Guelph

“The 2014 winners of the Lorimer Award have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the working lives of Ontario’s faculty,” said Kate Lawson, President of OCUFA. “We are indebted to them for their hard work, resolve, and dedication.”


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