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University leaders’ sporting efforts recognized with Diamond Jubilee medals

UToday HomeMarch 15, 2013

By Sarah McGinnis

Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic), and Bob Ellard, vice-president (facilities management and development).Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic), and Bob Ellard, vice-president (facilities management and development) recognized for dedication to promoting sport in Canada with Diamond Jubilee medals. Photo by Riley BrandtDedication to promoting sport in Canada has led to two members of the University of Calgary’s senior executive team to become the latest Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winners.

Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic), and Bob Ellard, vice-president (facilities management and development), have joined a growing number of University of Calgary community members to receive the prestigious honour.

Marshall was nominated by the Coaching Association of Canada for her “significant contributions to coaching development and coach education through the National Coaching Certification Program.”

Throughout her career, Marshall has been involved in the highest level of amateur sport as a coach, trainer and physiologist. She spent 21 years as head coach of the University of Alberta Pandas women’s field hockey team and was also head coach of Canada’s senior and junior national women’s field hockey teams. Her coaching philosophy has been to use sport to help shape future leaders and citizens.

Marshall contributed to the development of the federal government’s 2009 Women in Sport policy. She has also received numerous “Coach of the Year” awards from several athletic organizations, and has been recognized twice as one of the most influential women in sport in Canada by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).

Ellard is being honoured for his work as former president and board chairman of the 2005 Canada Summer Games held in Regina, Sask.

“The leadership and guidance that Mr. Ellard demonstrated in spearheading the 2005 Canada Summer Games changed the face of amateur sport in Regina,” said Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council.

An experienced rower and coach, Ellard has guided athletes competing at the local, provincial and national level, including acting as coach to his two children as they competed in the Canada Summer Games and on Canada’s National Rowing Team.

He has also held several positions with regional and national sporting organizations, including acting as vice-president of high performance for Rowing Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, president of the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s Football Club, governor of the Canadian Football League and director of the Canadian Olympic Association.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals were established to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. Approximately 60,000 medals will be distributed to Canadians throughout the year to celebrate their public service, volunteerism and contributions to Canadian society.

If you know of a member of the University of Calgary community to have received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, please help us celebrate their achievements by emailing See our ongoing list of medal winners.


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