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Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, has been elected as a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India for his contributions to global grain preservation through research and innovation. He is the first Manitoban and only seventh Canadian to be bestowed this honour since the establishment of the Academy in 1930.

Padraic O'Connell has been elected as director of Emerging Green Builders of the Canada Green Building Council -- Manitoba Chapter. In this role, he is directly responsible for overseeing the program and its mandate of furthering the practice of green building development in Manitoba. O'Connell is the sustainability lead at Republic Architecture Inc. where he regularly consults on projects, specifically on the greater architectural issues of building efficiency and environmental impact to contribute to the well-being of various communities.

Dana Johnson, occupational safety trainer at Safety Services Manitoba, has recently completed her Construction Safety Officer designation. This hard-earned achievement provides verification of a nationally recognized level of competency in relation to construction safety. The designation indicates that Johnson is certified and applies safe construction practice on the work site, has met all education and experience requirements to complete the registration, works in accordance with accepted standards of practice and adheres to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code of Ethics.

Stefano Grande, executive director of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, was elected as vice-chairman for the International Downtown Association Board. IDA hosted the World Congress, where managers/executive directors of downtown organizations met, and where Grande was elected.

Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba, is the new chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, appointed for a two-year term in conjunction with the association's fall membership meeting. Barnard was named president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba in 2008. He has established a long-term vision for the university that emphasizes enhancing its teaching and research strengths while pursuing new initiatives that ensure more resources are made available to enhance services to students, faculty and staff.


Knowles Centre, a Winnipeg-based organization that provides treatment services and skill-based programs for young people and their families, has been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation. This affirms that Knowles Centre meets rigorous, internationally recognized standards of excellence, providing assurance to its stakeholders that it offers the highest quality services. Knowles Centre is the only treatment facility in Manitoba accredited by COA.

WISH Inc. (Women In Second Stage Housing) has selected its board of directors for the 2013-14: board chair, Lee Vandenbroeck; vice-chair, Rae Pratt; treasurer, Tannis Buzza; secretary, Aruna Hall; past chair, Katherine Hallick MSW. Members: Shawna Forester Smith; Richard McIlearney; Jonathan Webber; Lisa Timmers; Monica Kaushal; Amelia Gamvrelis. Executive director, Lori Rudniski, M.Ed.(Psych), CCC. CCC-S

Imperial Properties has announced president and CEO Adrian Schulz has been elected to the boards of directors of the Canadian Condominium Institute Manitoba chapter and the FIABCI Canadian chapter. As part of his work with these two organizations, Schulz will help advance the property management industry on regional, national and international basis.


Association of Manitoba Museums bestowed an Honorary Life Membership to Dr. Philippe Mailhot, Director of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum, for his past work for the AMM and the Manitoba museum community. The Honorary Life Membership is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association of Manitoba Museums and to the preservation and presentation of Manitoba's heritage.

Ray Hoemsen, director of Applied Research and Commercialization at Red River College, received the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Honorary Life Membership. The granting of the Honorary Life Membership is intended to recognize many years of meritorious service rendered to the Association or the profession. Members with 35 years service may receive this award and Hoemsen received his in his first year of eligibility. He was recognized for his contributions to his profession and for his many contributions to engineering and for his achievement in the profession, along with his service in technical societies and continued leadership in the profession and in the community.


Bookmates Inc. family literacy organization is pleased to announce its 2013-14 board of directors: Marilyn MacKinnon, chairwoman; Noreen Sealy, past chairwoman; Karen Kwong, Brett Magnus, Mackenzie Matlashewski, Zaid Mohammed, Brennan Taniguchi, Kristen Wittman and Beverley Zakaluk. Executive director, Monica Dinney.

Women Business Owners Of Manitoba has announced its 2014 board members: president, Lucy Camara, Olatech Business Hosting Corporation; vice-president, Carolyne Braid, CB Communications; treasurer, Shannon Klymchuk, Divine & Conquer. Directors: Pearl Angelini, Pearl Angelini Photography; Karen Insley, Aspen Fitness Inc.; Alex Morrison, xLAB Interactive; Heather Powney, Financial View; Christine Turczyn, Winnipeg's Creative Studio; Sherri Wood, Invis - Canada's Mortgage Experts.

Deer Lodge Centre Foundation elected its 2013-14 board of directors: Andrew Earle of Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, chair; Paul Challoner of EECOL Electric, vice-chair; Gordon Greaves of the Canadian Manufacturing Association, secretary/treasurer. The directors at Large: Ronn Anderson, president, St. James Legion No. 4 (Veterans' Representative); Belinda Bigold, High Tea Bakery; Real Cloutier, COO - WRHA, WHRA vice-president - Community Health Services, WRHA Chief Allied Health Officer, COO - Deer Lodge Centre; Douglas Forbes, Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman; Jacqueline Fontaine, Deer Lodge Centre; Grant Johnson, Johnson Waste Management; James Kurz, Scotiabank; Jeff Rempel, Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP Ryan Wall, Sun Life/Richardson Luik Financial Services.

The Eureka Project has elected its new board of directors for 2013/14: chair, Kathy Knight (ICTAM); vice-chair, John Proven (Conviron); secretary, James Blatz (University of Manitoba), Michael Selci, Business Development (Bank of Canada); Joelle Foster (Canadian Youth Business Foundation); Noah Decter-Jackson (Complex Games); Stuart Henrickson, (Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship) and Cindy Hodges, ex officio (Government of Manitoba).

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba Division is pleased to announce its 2013-14 board of directors: Glen Mazur, chairman (Winnipeg); Jill Duncan, vice-chairwoman; Irene Merie, treasurer (Director at Large); Keith Maclaren Winnipeg Regional Representative; Charles Clifford, Central Regional Representative; Maria Kent, Parkland Regional Representative; Murray Nychyporuk, Burntwood Regional Representative; Bob Curle, Interlake Regional Representative; Gayle Swirski, Director at Large.

The Canadian Club has elected its new board of directors: James A. Brennan, president; Sen. JoAnne Buth, Donna Burner, Jenny Motkaluk, Lesley Hughes, Gord Elvers, Richard Ksiazek, Ron Kirbyson, Giles Bugailiskis, Romel Dhalla, Dorothy Dobbie, Prof. Jesus Angel Miguel Garcia, Allan Jacks, Sam McLaughlin, Muriel Smith; Brian Campbell, communications specialist; Victoria E. Lehman, honorary counsel; Margaret Egan, adviser to the board; Anna Maria Magnifico, adviser to the board; Florence Eastwood, secretary; Jim Pappas, special-events volunteer.

Manitoba Arts Network has selected its board memebers for 2013-14: president, Sharron Wiens, (Morden); vice-president, Fran Funk, (Falcon Lake); treasurer, Karen Munn, (Pinawa); secretary, Ann Dulle, (McCreary). Regional Reps: Central, Mary Siemens, (Plum Coulee); Eastman, Amanda Von Reisen, (Steinbach); Interlake, Audrey Lute, (St. Martin); NorMan/North, Elly Spencer, (Flin Flon); Parkland, Brenda Rogers, (Laurier); Westman, Joyce Ringrose -Wiebe (Carberry).

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 4, 2013 B6

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