Shirley Render


Shirley Render

Shirley Render’s BA from The University of Winnipeg in 1964 was a prelude to careers as diverse as politician, cabinet minister, aviation historian, author, social worker, and international public speaker.

Render is a groundbreaker, challenging assumptions and taking on roles that were traditionally male territory. She is one of the few women in the world who has flown an F18–one of the world’s top military aircraft. She was the only woman member of the Royal Canadian Mint Panel, the only woman member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 50th Anniversary Committee, and the only woman patron of the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre in Ontario.

Render has received many awards recognizing her skill as a pilot, her academic prowess, and her community service.  She received the James Gray Medal in History upon receiving her Master’s degree, the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for recognition of her public service in her community as a volunteer and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and the International NW Aviation Council President’s Award.

Render reflects on The University of Winnipeg, “I loved every minute of it!…I never had any compunction about going back [to the University] at any time, either to ask for help or as a volunteer or speaker.” In recognition of her loyal and dedicated service to the community, Shirley Render received the June 2005 University of Winnipeg Distinguished Alumni Award.