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Human rights activist and diversity champion will receive Alumni Awards

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 1:48pm
Susan Down

Two outstanding alumni will receive special awards from Royal Roads University on June 17. One woman is striving to improve the educational system in Afghanistan, and the other is helping to make the corporate workplace in Canada more inclusive.

The Alumni Leadership Award winner is Lauryn Oates (photographed right), a human rights activist whose work concentrates on international development, women’s rights and education in conflict zones. The Alumni Excellence Award winner is Jackie Scales, a leader in promoting diversity in support of progressive organizational development.  

“We are proud of our alumni, and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of these Alumni Award winners,” said Royal Roads University president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “These graduates are changing attitudes and changing lives in Canada and abroad – outstanding achievements that we are pleased to recognize with these awards.”

 Lauryn Oates 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.  Lauryn earned her MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding in 2006.

 Jackie Scales leads projects in business transformation and diversity inclusion as senior manager, human capital, consulting at Deloitte in Toronto. 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).  Jackie earned her MBA in Executive Management with specialization in Leadership in 2010.

The two women will receive their awards at a luncheon on Monday, June 17 in the Quarterdeck in the Grant Building from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  The award winners will also make presentations at Royal Roads University’s spring convocation on June 19 at the Royal Theatre.

 Royal Roads University hosts the Alumni Awards, celebrating leadership and excellence in outstanding alumni who have become agents of change in their communities. The awards are also open to former cadet alumni of Royal Roads Military College. Both institutions have a tradition of leadership education and a commitment to service.