Civitas Award

The Civitas Award is awarded annually to recognize a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University’s Orillia Campus.

Photo of Fred Larsen

Fred Larsen

Orillia, Saturday June 3m 2023 at 10am

Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Fred and his late wife Patricia planted roots in Orillia back in 1971. It was here they raised their three children: Chris, James and Joe.

He spent 30 years as an English teacher and department head at Twin Lakes Secondary School before retiring in 2001.

In 2005, Fred was one of five community members asked to sit on the Orillia Mayor’s University Task Force, chaired by then Mayor Ron Stevens. As a result of the work of this group, Lakehead University’s Orillia campus opened in 2006.

Fred has a long history of engagement with the Orillia community. He is past president of the Orillia Kiwanis Club; president of the Orillia Vocal Ensemble Board of Directors; chairman of Arts Orillia; chair and founding member of the Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture; treasurer and founding member of Sustainable Orillia; and, active volunteer for the Simcoe North Provincial Liberal Association. He also spent many seasons as an actor with the Mariposa Arts Theatre company.

Fred currently lives with his wife Lois and their poodle, Jack, in Oro-Medonte.