This is a release from Carleton University:
Carleton University is honoured to announce that Katharine Kelly, associate professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Jennifer Brenning, director of Recreation and Athletics, will receive Leading Women Building Communities Awards in recognition of their tremendous contributions to the community.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
This award honours women and girls who have made a real difference in their communities – females who have gone above and beyond to make the world a better place for everyone.
Kelly has worked with YOUCAN on alternate dispute resolution, with other universities to create a shared course on sexual violence, with the United Church as clerk of session, with the Group of Friends as a volunteer aide to support developmentally-delayed adults, with community services on youth gangs and crime prevention and with midwives on developing a women-centered midwifery program. She has guided and mentored young women both inside and outside the university setting and contributed to the development and start-up of a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies, one of the few in Canada. She has been a role model for others and a true leader as the first woman to be the Clerk of Senate and Marshall of Convocation at Carleton.
As the director of Recreation and Athletics at Carleton, Brenning is one of very few women to lead a university athletic program in Canada. She mentors women athletes and spearheaded the return of football to Carleton. At the same time, Brenning has established new, competitive women’s teams to balance Carleton’s roster of athletic offerings. As vice-president of Compliance for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), she plays a national role in ensuring that sports are equitable and inclusive.
In a hectic world, the compassion and dedication of others is often overlooked. It is the everyday hero – the woman who starts an after-school group to build confidence in young girls, or the young girl who volunteers to help students halfway across the world – who gets ignored. These awards recognize inspiring women and thank them for all the work they do.
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