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University's own recognized at annual Calgary Awards

Individual and institutional efforts in education, volunteerism and sustainability earn praise
June 16, 2014

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Faculty of Nursing associate professor and Community Advocate Award winner Sandra Reilly and Councillor Ray Jones. Wes Raymond Photography

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Faculty of Kinesiology associate professor and Excellence in Education award winner Nicole Culos-Reed and Councillor Brian Pincott. Wes Raymond Photography

Mayor Naheed Nenshi with the University of Calgary's Chief Sustainability Officer Joanne Perdue and Councillor Evan Wooley. Wes Raymond Photography

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi with Youth Award winner Stephen (Soohyun) Cho and Councillor Andre Chabot. Wes Raymond Photography

Several members of the University of Calgary community and its Office of Sustainability were among the 17 award winners recognized at the City of Calgary’s June 11 Calgary Awards.

The Calgary Awards recognize the contributions and achievements of Calgarians and local organizations who have improved the quality of life in Calgary. This year, Sandra Reilly in the Faculty of Nursing and Kinesiology’s Nicole Culos-Reed earned awards, along with an award presented to the Office of Sustainability accepted by Chief Sustainability Officer Joanne Perdue.

Several other awards honoured valued alumni including Court Rustemeyer, BEd’08, Tyler Trafford, BA’71, and Janice Eisenhauer, BA’99.

Barrie Strafford, LLD’01, chair of the Brenda Strafford Centre, received the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award for his philanthropy and tremendous contributions to the community. As well, Mike Shaikh, BComm’77, former member of the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors and Senate, was awarded Citizen of the Year for his years of community service and leadership.

Sandra M. Reilly

Sandra M. Reilly has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing since 1981 and was awarded the Community Advocate Award for making a significant volunteer contribution to the community.  Focusing on volunteering her time to the children of Calgary, Reilly is described as a “passionate advocate for vulnerable children.” With over 30 years of dedicated volunteer service under her belt, she founded the Children’s Cottage Society; it serves over 55,000 children and was named one of Canada’s top charities by Charity Intelligence in 2011 and 2012. While Reilly has received many forms of recognition throughout her career, including the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, at the event she said the Calgary Award was the highest accolade she could receive.

Nicole Culos-Reed 

Nicole Culos-Reed has been teaching and conducting research as an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology since 2001. She received the Excellence in Education award for her dedication to studying the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors, and for spreading the important message of health and wellness to those around her. When asked about her role at the university, Culos-Reed said that she works with the most amazing people at the University of Calgary and thanked all the students who led this nomination. Culos-Reed’s teaching and research achievements and her passion for acquiring knowledge and applying it to real-world programs on campus, in the yoga studio, and in her local community centre will continue to have an impact on thousands of members of the community.

University of Calgary Office of Sustainability

The university’s Office of Sustainability received the Environmental Achievement Award (Educational Institution) for its Zero Waste Strategy. Under the leadership of Joanne Perdue, chief sustainability officer, the department has guided the university to make outstanding progress in waste reduction and diversion with an innovative approach. The ultimate target is to become a zero waste community, with a goal of 80 per cent diversion by 2020. Already, the university diverts more than 50 per cent of daily waste, an improvement from the 38 per cent in 2008-'09. The university is witnessing approximately a $200,000 cost savings in overall waste management annually, based on reduction of waste generated and the proportion of that sent to landfills. 

The University of Calgary is proud to be a gold-level sponsor of the Calgary Awards and supporter of the Youth Award since 2009. The Youth Award recognizes a young Calgarian whose exceptional volunteer and community achievements have improved the quality of life in Calgary. This year’s recipient, Stephen (Soohyun) Cho, is the only high school student who has been offered and accepted a role as a research intern at the Foothills Hospital Tom Baker Cancer Centre. He is a co-author of several publications and held positions as Parent Council representative and community liaison with Western Canada High School’s Students’ Union and chief editor of the Western World Newspaper.

Visit the Calgary Awards for more information.