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Carol Shields (Posthumous)

Carol Shields

Award-winning author, playwright, poet, and literary critic, the late Carol Shields was well loved on campus where she served as The University of Winnipeg Chancellor from 1996 -1999. Shields was a hands-on Chancellor who could be seen on campus in countless classes and committees, readings and symposia. She wore her love for UWinnipeg on her sleeve and was a tireless advocate for the University, committed to every facet of its operations.

Shields established the Inez Sellgren Bursary in honour of her mother, given annually to a single parent entering any full-time program of study at The University of Winnipeg.

Carol Shields passed away on July 16, 2003.

In 2004, UWinnipeg unveiled Larry’s Bench in her honour, a place of respite and reflection in the heart of the campus, named fondly after the protagonists in one of her novels. The Shields family also donated $100,000 that year towards the establishment of The University of Winnipeg Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program, which affirms her lifelong reputation to supporting emerging writers, mentoring students, and encouraging members of the writing community who played such a large part in Shields’' life.