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Brandon University Alumni Association 2006 Alumni Awards

October 12, 2006

Brandon University Alumni Association (BUAA) presented its 2006 Awards at
the BU Fall Homecoming Banquet on September 30, 2006.

Awards were presented to the following individuals:

President's Inaugural Order of Merit Award:
Presented to Dr. David Stewart
Dr. David B. Stewart is Professor Emeritus of Zoology at Brandon University
and also at the University of the West Indies. He has authored a history of
the Ninette Sanatorium, and continues to be a social activist in and around
Killarney, Manitoba, as well an advisor and mentor to many in the community.
Dr. Stewart became a physician in 1941, graduating from the medical school
at the University of Manitoba. After services in the Second World War and a
clinical residency in Scotland, he became the founding head of the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and later the Dean of Medicine, at
the University of the West Indies. He 'retired' to the Killarney area and
joined the faculty of Brandon University in 1970, later serving as Chair of
Zoology. In his latter career he inspired faculty, administrators and his
students in the pursuit of excellence through his leadership, mentoring,
counseling and teaching, but significantly through his personal and
professional example.

BUAA Excellence in Teaching Award:
Presented to Dr. Erasmus Monu
Dr. Monu is a professor of Sociology at Brandon University. He earned his
B.A. in Sociology in 1966 from the University of Ghana, his M.A. in
Sociology in 1969 from the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. in Rural
Sociology in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Monu has written
several journal publications and chapters in books, has served as a Research
and Training Consultant for many projects around the world, and has
presented a number of papers at conferences. His research areas of
specialization and interests are: rural/community development, monitoring
and evaluation of rural development projects, and development and
dissemination of technology. In the words of his students: "His lectures are
very thorough, easily understandable and captivating." And "he is a teacher,
leader and community activist." Dr. Monu is married with two children.

BUAA Distinguished Service Award:
Presented to Mr. Ben Ward
Mr. Ben Ward (B.Sc. 1955, Pre.B.Ed. 1956) of Erickson, Manitoba, now a
retired teacher and administrator, has served his community with dedication
and distinction. Mr. Ward's meritorious service and contribution to the work
of the Lions Club locally, nationally and internationally has earned him
numerous awards including the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the highest
honour the association gives to its members. In addition to his Lions Club
activities, Mr. Ward is active in numerous professional and community
organizations. He is currently chairman of the Ditch Lake Recreation Co-op
and has also served as president of the Manitoba Principal's Association,
the Erickson Chamber of Commerce and the Rolling River Teachers'
Association. Mr. Ward and his wife Janice have six children and 13

BUAA Distinguished Service Award:
Presented to Mr. David Perkins
Mr. David Perkins (B.Sc. 1982, B.Ed. 1984, M.Ed. 1995) of Brandon, Manitoba,
is an instructor at Assiniboine Community College in the Business and
Tourism Division. He is also a systems analyst with EduServe Management &
Consulting Incorporated and a Sessional Lecturer with Campus Manitoba. David
has a lengthy history of local community service as a member of the Kinsmen
Club of Brandon. He has always demonstrated a strong sense of caring and an
inclination to assume leadership roles in the planning and implementation of
community service projects. In his 21 years as a Kinsman, he has held
numerous positions at the regional and national levels, most recently as the
National President of Kin Canada. Through these commitments, he serves as a
positive model in encouraging other people to commit their own time and
energy to the completion of worthwhile endeavors in their communities.

BUAA Alumni Award:
Presented to Mr. Doug Adams
Mr. Doug Adams (B.Ed 1987), of Brandon, Manitoba, is a teacher at New Era
School. Since graduating from BU in 1987, Doug has become highly involved
with the University at several levels. Doug served on the Brandon University
Alumni Association for fourteen years, and served as the President for
three. Doug has been an integral part of many committees at the University
and was instrumental in the establishment of the BUAA Wall of Fame and the
Foundation's Brandon College Legacy Campaign. He served six years on the
Board of Governors and is currently the President of the Brandon University
Foundation and Chair of the President's Circle Committee. In 2004, Doug was
the recipient of the Foundation's Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award.
His dedication and devotion to Brandon University is truly exemplary.

BU Foundation Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Apex Award:
Presented to Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Els Kavanagh
Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Els Kavanagh are the Honorary Campaign Chairs of Brandon
University's BU & You Campaign—the University's most comprehensive and
successful fundraising initiative to date. Both have been active in the life
of Brandon University for many years, with Kevin serving as Chancellor from
1996 to 2002 and thereafter receiving the appointment of Chancellor Emeritus
for meritorious service rendered. Both Kevin and Els have been tireless
supporters and advocates for Brandon University, and have dedicated
countless volunteer hours in support of post-secondary education in
Manitoba. Together they are a respected and dynamic force in Winnipeg's
business and philanthropic sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Stifora
Communications Officer
Brandon University
Phone: (204) 727-9762

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