Roy Piovesana (BA 65, MA 69) and Jean Morrison (MA 74) were each presented with a departmental Alumni Honour Award in recognition of their distinguished achievements.
The Department also presented the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society with a Community Partnership Award for the important role in the establishment and continuing success of its undergraduate and graduate programs.
In addition to being one of the inaugural graduates from Lakehead in 1965, Roy was also the first student at the university to be granted a Master of Arts Degree in History in 1969. The author of six books and numerous articles, he has been a driving force in the preservation, promotion, and, having taught for over 38 years in the Lakehead Public School Board, teaching of history within Thunder Bay. His involvements regionally and nationally include serving on the board of directors of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society (a past president), Thunder Bay Art Gallery (a past president), Old Fort William Advisory Committee, Lakehead Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, the Institute of Italian Studies, and many more. Nationally, he served for more than a decade as a trustee of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Currently, he is the Director of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Thunder Bay.
Jean Morrison (MA 1974) is respected both regionally and nationally for her work in the fields of Canadian labour history and in the history of the fur trade. Jean arrived in what was then Port Arthur in 1966 when her husband, the late Ken Morrison, took up a position at the new Lakehead University. Her graduate work exploring Thunder Bay's diverse labour and social history was ground-breaking, bringing the region to the attention of historians across North America. Between 1975 and 1990, she was the historical researcher at Old Fort William where she was not only responsible for much of its international accolades but also established herself as one of the country's foremost experts in the fur trade. Her volunteerism in the community is legendary, in particular since 1948 when she became actively involved in the Canadian labour and peace movements.
Established in 1908, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is one of the oldest of its kind in Canada. One of the country's best mid-size museums, generations of students, graduates, and faculty have benefitted from the Society's goal to serve both the city and district of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and to preserve the history of the entire region. Today it is an active, efficient organization that operates as a museum, an archives, and a historical society, and offers a wide range of programs and services in each area.
17 September 2013 - Orillia and Thunder Bay
Congratulations to Dr. Valerie Hébert for being awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project "Post-Atrocity Justice in Colonial French Congo: The Gaud-Toqué Affair, 1903-1905." Her project will study nascent transnational culture around human rights through the lens of protests against colonial atrocities in French Congo.
This is the second straight year a graduating student has been awarded a President's Award, one of the highest honours given to graduating students.
We continued our tour in Belgium, visiting Ypres, a city that was completely destroyed in the First World War. While there our group had the honour of participating in the daily remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate on ANZAC Day. It was a greatly emotional and humbling experience to be there and an honour to lay a wreath during the ceremony.
As we continued through into the Netherlands, we visited Arnhem, Groesbeek and Nijmegen. At all of these locations we learned a lot about Operation Market Garden, a huge operation that was successful in certain areas but was still seen as a failure. In Nijmegen, Frank along with two other Canadian veterans, Bert Reynolds and Lock Laurie, joined up with our group. We were able to have a little ceremony on the banks of the Waal River, under the bridge where Frank was injured during the war. Again, a very emotional day!
We were welcomed with open arms when we finished the tour in Markelo, a small town of 7000 in the province of Overijssel. We participated in the local Queen's Day festivities as well as activities on Liberation Day (May 5th). On the 3rd of May, the Minister of Defence visited our group and announced that we were all now Ambassadors of Freedom. She, along with Frank, awarded each one of us as well as our crew with medals and certificates.