Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degree Recipient, Mrs. Isabel Auld, October, 1979 (Photograph Collection, A-6594)
Name: Isabel George Auld, B.A., M.A.
Convocation date: October 27, 1979
Discipline / contribution: community service
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. Vice-President, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Isabel G. Auld.
Born in Winnipeg, Isabel Hutcheson received her early education in Regina. She then came to the University of Saskatchewan where she received her B.A. with honors in biology in 1938 and her M.A. in 1940.
Trained as a cytogeneticist she worked for a short time in this field before turning her attention to the practical problems of raising a family.
It is not for her work as a geneticist that Isabel Auld is being recognized today. It is for her outstanding service as a volunteer in her own community, in her province and in Canada. Not often enough do we acknowledge the able volunteers, especially women, who as well as being successful homemakers make possible the smooth operation of many community and wider ranging services which we take for granted. The long hours of work and the emotional effort spent in establishing new organizations and operating old ones, and in promoting plans and policies which one endorses for personal or group reasons often go unnoticed, except perhaps, by one's family. We are particularly pleased that Mr. Auld and two of the three Auld children, Catherine and Hedley, are here in the audience today.
Just to read the list of Isabel Auld's activities would make any person of normal energy and ambition tired. I can highlight only a few of them.
Through her membership in the University Women's Club, Isabel Auld became associated with the newly formed Manitoba Branch of the Consumer Association of Canada. Over the past 25 years she has acted as this organization's Chairman of Investigations and Research, its President and is currently advisory to its Board. She was a member of the National Board, the Executive and Chairman of the National Problems Committee of the Consumer Association of Canada. She has served as a consumer delegate and member of numerous panels involving consumer problems.
Another long term interest of Mrs. Auld's has been the general area of health and welfare. She has served as a Board member of community health clinics, the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the Family Bureau of Winnipeg and as a member of the Health Services Panel of the United Way.
In 1968, Mrs. Auld was elected to a five-year term on the Board of Governors of the University of "Manitoba. She served as the Board's representative on the Senate, as Chairman of the Housing Committee, Chairman of the Committee to Review Services to Women Students and as a member of the College Housing Holdings Incorporated. In 1977 she was elected the 9th Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, the first woman to hold that office.
Isabel Auld was awarded the Centennial Medal in 1967 in recognition of her valuable service to Canada. Her efforts and activities have not diminished, in fact they seem to have accelerated.
Mr. Vice-President, I present to you Isabel G. Auld and ask that you will confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: M. Rever-DuWors

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