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Dianne Leggat

Honorary Doctorate


Dianne Leggat

Dianne Leggatt’s 30-year teaching career is marked by her generosity, creativity, compassion and vision. As a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, vice-principal and principal with York Region District School Board, Leggatt focused on helping students reach their full potential. Leggatt – who graduated with a BA from United College in 1964 and Masters of Education from York University in 1987.

When Leggatt retired as Principal with the York Region District School Board in 1999, she knew she needed to continue her work in making a difference in the lives of young people. She found this opportunity working and volunteering for the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation. Its mission is to assist young people to attend university or college and inspire them to become responsible, respectful, peaceful, confident and caring citizens.

As a member of the Education Team with the non-profit Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, Leggatt gives presentations to students and school staff and facilitates workshops on implementing the Future Aces Philosophy and Character Development Program. The Future Aces initiatives benefit more than 70,000 students annually and since 1988, the Foundation has awarded $370,000 in scholarships to students from across Canada who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship qualities.

Leggatt is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Holistic Tourism Education Centre, a non-governmental organization dedicated to developing global sustainability and education programs that educate young people through tourism as a vital force for peace.

“Dianne Leggatt has helped many students reach their full potential,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg. “She gives generously of her time and expertise through her voluntarism to the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation and to the International Holistic Tourism Education Centre and deftly promotes education, peace and good citizenship, making a difference in the lives of young people.”