University of Calgary

WRC Awards

October 19, 2009

Celebrating women at U of C

Carol Oliver
Carol Oliver is the executive director of the Calgary Distress Centre.
Each October, in honour of Women’s History Month and the Persons Case decision that gave Canadian women the right to vote, the Women’s Resource Centre at the University of Calgary celebrates two outstanding women.

The awards honour those who have overcome barriers traditionally faced by women to achieve professional and/or academic excellence, have made outstanding contributions to the community and demonstrate commitment to advancing women’s issues.

“The WRC Awards are an opportunity for the University of Calgary to showcase and celebrate the outstanding success of U of C women past, present, and future,” says Chancellor Joanne Cuthbertson.

This year’s Distinguished Alumna is Carol Oliver, MCS’95. Adina Edwards, a Master of Fine Arts student, is the Student Award recipient.

Oliver has served in various leadership roles in the not-for-profit community and demonstrated a passion for women’s issues, gender equality, community building and organizational leadership. She works as the executive director of the Calgary Distress Centre and is co-chair of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Adina Edwards
MFA student Adina Edwards creates large-scale mixed-media installations.
Edwards is enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the U of C. A social activist who has worked with women in the sex-trade industry for the last seven years, her art practice consists of large-scale mixed-media installations that address issues of institutionalization, sexual practices, gender identity, socio-political economics and poverty.

“Women’s diverse stories and experiences are an integral part of our university’s history and we are encouraged to present the WRC Awards each year to inspire the young women leaders of tomorrow,” says Stephanie Garrett, executive director of the Women’s Resource Centre. “The WRC Awards build community by bringing together students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the community to honour women’s wisdom, resilience and compassion.”

The WRC Awards presentation ceremony will be held in the north courtyard of MacEwan Student Centre on Friday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. This year, the ceremony will feature a performance by Sarah Clark, a young singer-songwriter.

The WRC and the Centre for Service-Learning and Community Engagement will also present “Girl Child Empowerment as a Model for Transformation,” by Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe. Makoni is a recipient of the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award 2009 and was recently nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2009. This event will be held in the Escalus Room, MacEwan Student Centre, on Friday, Oct. 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The WRC Awards 2009 are supported by the U of C Alumni Association and the Students’ Union. To learn more, visit

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