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Alumni Award winners announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the spring 2013 Alumni Awards – two members of our alumni community who truly embody the university’s vision of connecting people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world.

Our Alumni Leadership Award winner is Lauryn Oates, a human rights activist whose work concentrates on international development, women’s rights and education in conflict zones. She has worked throughout the developing world, but particularly in Afghanistan, where she has travelled extensively over the course of about 40 trips since 2003. As projects director for Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, she manages education projects in Afghanistan and is one of Canada’s leading advocates for educational reform in the country. A colleague writes, “Lauryn Oates is a remarkable and inspiring young woman. We welcome this recognition through the Royal Roads Alumni Award to honour her achievements and to demonstrate the power and importance of one single individual’s passion and commitment towards achieving universal human rights.” Lauryn earned her MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding in 2006.

Our Alumni Excellence Award winner is Jackie Scales, a leader in promoting diversity in support of progressive organizational development. As senior manager, corporate strategy, consulting at Deloitte in Toronto, Jackie leads projects in business transformation and diversity inclusion, among other high-profile projects. She is the national chair of LGBT Employees at Deloitte (LEAD) and leads Deloitte’s Diversity Team for the Greater Toronto area. She works with companies across industries to help them make their workplaces more inclusive for visible and non-visible minorities. She is also a director on the Pride At Work board of directors, executive director of Community One Foundation and co-chair of the Lieutenant Governor’s Forum on First Nations (Ontario). In the words of her colleagues, “Jackie is a senior leader at Deloitte, an advocate for change, a mother, partner, sister and role model who starts every day thinking about how to help create a more inclusive world for her children and firm. Jackie personifies bringing meaningful and positive change to the workplace and community.” Jackie earned her MBA in Executive Management with specialization in Leadership in 2010.

We will have the chance to congratulate these two accomplished and inspiring women on June 17 and 18 when they attend campus to receive their awards as part of convocation.

Once again, our adjudication panel faced the daunting task of selecting winners from an outstanding pool of 42 nominees. We appreciate their investment in the success of this program. The panel was comprised of Colwood city councillor Judith Cullington; Victoria Times Colonist editorial page editor Bruce MacKenzie; Royal Roads University MBA alumnus James McCreath; RRU MA in Professional Communication alumna Deborah Bowman; director of the School of Business Lois Fearon; president of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club Randy Gynn; professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability Rick Kool.