Past Award Recipients

The recipients of the President's Award for Distinguished Service display exceptional leadership in volunteer community services. 


Graham Kelsey - Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies (1998)

“Through his leadership and participation on the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, Dr. Kelsey paved the way for a model arts and culture function with the Cariboo Regional District.”

“(..) Due to Graham's drive and organizational capabilities, the Central Cariboo achieved a truly ground-breaking milestone, implementing a taxpayer supported arts and culture function under the fiscal umbrella of the Cariboo Regional District (CRD).”

Dr. Graham Kelsey is truly an exemplary citizen who deserves recognition for his selfless volunteer contributions, and I wholeheartedly support his nomination for this award.

“Dr. Kelsey (..) is gracious, generous, and I do believe that his personal motto is “How can I help?”.”

Dr. Kelsey was selected for his lasting contributions not only to the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCAS), but also to the small communities surrounding Williams Lake and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalsition's Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.

Please find a video of the Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2021 and the Seminar on Emeriti Serving the Community on June 9, 2021.


Peter Wing - UBC Clinical Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedics (2012)

“It is clear that Dr. Wing is a caring humanitarian who has dedicated time, knowledge, and personal resources to the betterment of international spinal cord injury education and care in general plus a special focus on Nepal.”

“Dr. Wing has great respect for people and is very humble in his approach to helping others, both directly and through his teaching, lectures and participation in workshops and training sessions. He has set a wonderful example of service to others.”

“A visionary knows how to sow seeds and see the tree grow. This is truly illustrated by the work of Drs. Peter Wing and Claire Weeks for the not-for-profit Nepalese Spinal Cord Injury Collaboration.”

“His leadership in international volunteer community services to support the ongoing education and training of Nepalese physicians in the management of Spinal Cord Injuries is exemplary.”

Dr. Wing was selected for his lasting contributions not only to the Department of Orthopaedics, but also to organizations such as the Rick Hansen Institute, the International Spinal Cord Society, and especially to the Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) in Nepal.

Photos of the Awards Ceremony 2020


Marguerite Chiarenza - UBC Emerita Professor Emerita of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (2000)

"Your leadership in international volunteer community services to enhance the education of African girls is exemplary."

"Dr. Chiarenza has worked tirelessly for the enhancement of African girls' edcuation."

"All her academic achievements pale in comparison to what eventually became the focus of her life, the activity in favour of some of the most deprived members of our Society: young African girls denied access to education and destined to early marriage and pregnancies and often to death through AIDS.”


Stanley Hamilton - Professor Emeritus of Commerce and Business Administration (2004)

"In addition to his dedication to volunteer community service, Dr. Hamilton’s legacy of mentorship will help ensure that the next generation continue with the important work needed in our community.”

“Dr. Hamilton’s effective, quiet leadership style and his profound commitment to bettering the lives of families living with autism and other neuro-developmental disorders has been especially inspiring.”

“Stan could have settled into an easy retirement, but instead he used his significant business acumen to transform the local Arts Council Chair, stabilizing the organization and acquiring and unprecedented amount of funding for BC-based artists.”

“Dr. Stanley Hamilton is a respected professor emeritus at Sauder School of Business whose contributions go well beyond the academic world and leave an indelible mark on the arts, urban planning, industry governance and property tax reform.”