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Providence Graduation
Murray Taylor, recipient of the Providence Distinguished Leadership Award, president and chief executive officer of Investors Group

Join us for the Providence College and Seminary graduation events.

This two-part celebration includes the Providence Theological Seminary graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the Providence Jubilee Auditorium at the Providence campus in Otterburne, MB. Then, Providence College will celebrate with its graduation ceremony on Sunday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. (also in the Providence Jubilee Auditorium).

The graduation events at Providence feature four extraordinary awards this year.

During the college ceremony, the Distinguished Leadership Award will be given to Murray Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Investors Group and co-president and chief executive officer of IGM Financial Inc. Taylor is a founding member of the Imagine Leadership Challenge and a charter member of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Council on Volunteering. He is on the Board and Vice-Chair of the Business Council of Manitoba; and a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Manitoba.

Taylor served on the Board of Directors and in volunteer capacities at Faith Bible Camp for over 20 years. Upon returning to Winnipeg in 2004, Taylor and his family attend Assiniboia-Charleswood Community Church where he serves on the Missions Committee. Among many interests in Christian ministries, Taylor is an active supporter of Compassion Canada, particularly their Leadership Development Program for university students in Kenya and Rwanda.

Providence will grant the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Donald S. Reimer, chairman and chief executive officer of Reimer World Corp., which began in 1952 and now has transportation subsidiaries across Canada. Dr. Reimer’s past service includes the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, chairman of the Federal Transportation Sectorial Advisory Group on International Trade and as a member of the International Trade Advisory Committee. He also served two terms as the president of the Canadian Trucking Association. Dr. Reimer has served notably in Manitoba on the Board of Directors of the Health Sciences Centre Research Foundation, and the Board of Governors of St. John's-Ravenscourt School, as well as the Boards of several Christian organizations including World Vision and Youth For Christ International.

Donald and Anne Reimer have devoted their life to quietly and faithfully supporting the work of God's kingdom and to Christian university education in particular. A small example is Dr. Reimer's role as lead donor to the Reimer Student Life Centre named in recognition of his brother Gerald who served for 25 years on the Board of Governors of Providence College and Seminary.

During the seminary graduation ceremony, the Distinguished Christian Leadership Award will be given to alumnus Dwight Johnson.

Johnson is a graduate of Providence Seminary and is now the executive director for U.S. Advancement at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Johnson has been very involved in church and denominational work with the Evangelical Free Church. Previously, Johnson has received the Alumnus of the Year Award at WTS in 1981.

The Alumna of the Year Award will be given to Joanna (Mcleod) Shaule during the seminary ceremony. Shaule graduated from Providence in 1986 with her MA in Biblical Counseling. After graduating, Shaule worked part-time at Providence Seminary leading counseling labs while working part-time in downtown Winnipeg at Hope Clinic. In 1997, Shaule began working part-time doing counselling at her church in Lucan, ON, where they had relocated. Shaule has also been involved as a guest speaker with The Rising Above Conference since its conception in 1993. The conferences address issues of sexual abuse, residential school abuse, addictions, and depression. Shaule has been a guest speaker at all eighteen national Rising Above Conferences that are held in different locations across Canada. More recently, Shaule was invited to join a team of people training and ministering to others in Greenland.

The Providence community is also celebrating the graduation weekend with initiatives like the Celebration Goal to raise $85,000 by graduation, and the Baccalaureate Service at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 25 in the R. W. Affleck Chapel. For more information on the $85,000 challenge and other graduation events, please contact Providence at 1-800-668-7768.

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