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Don Newman

University of Winnipeg Presents Inaugural Duff Roblin Award

New Duff Roblin Scholars Fund to support Fellowships in Aboriginal Governance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB - A new tribute to The Honourable Duff Roblin, P.C., C.C., M.M., L.L.D., was announced last night by University of Winnipeg President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy at the 2007 Gala Dinner of The University of Winnipeg Foundation.

R.M. (Bob) Kozminski, Chair of The University of Winnipeg Campaign, also announced the establishment of the new Duff Roblin Scholars Fund in support of Roblin Scholar Fellowships for the University's new Masters Degree program in Aboriginal Governance at the event at the Fort Garry Hotel, Sept. 14, 2007.

"We are proud to recognize The Honourable Duff Roblin for his exemplary citizenship and his life-long commitment to his community," said President Axworthy. "By founding and awarding The Duff Roblin Award, The University of Winnipeg and its Foundation are pleased to pay tribute to an outstanding Manitoban who is a patron of education in his home Province."

The Duff Roblin Award will be given annually to recognize an individual who has made a special contribution to the advancement of education.

"The Duff Roblin Scholars Fund will provide Graduate Fellowships in Aboriginal Governance at The University of Winnipeg," said Kozminski. "This fund is being set up to enhance educational opportunities for Manitoba's Aboriginal population and encourage Aboriginal students to obtain advanced degrees."

Proceeds from the 2007 Gala Dinner and gifts from individuals and organizations will establish the Duff Roblin Scholars Endowment Fund to generate funding for the Duff Roblin Scholars Fellowships.

As Premier of Manitoba, Duff Roblin oversaw the transformation of United College into the new degree-granting University of Winnipeg in 1967. This weekend, The University is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and Homecoming with a series of special events and announcements.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Ilana Simon, Communications Officer, University of Winnipeg
P: 204.786.9930, C: 204.782.3279, E: i.simon@uwinnipeg.ca

Janet Walker, Campaign Director, University of Winnipeg Foundation
P: 204.789.1445, F: 204.786.2356, E: j.walker@uwinnipeg.ca