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April 24, 2018
For Immediate Release

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WaterlooNora Young, journalist and broadcaster, and Mary Deacon, accomplished mental health advocate, will receive honorary degrees this spring as Wilfrid Laurier University celebrates its convocation in June.

Three convocation ceremonies will take place in Brantford at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts on June 5 and 6, and 13 ceremonies will be held at the Waterloo campus in Lazaridis Hall from June 11 to 15.

Laurier confers honorary degrees in celebration and recognition of the commitment, dedication, and service of individuals who make significant contributions and sustain creative and philanthropic achievements in their areas of expertise.

Nora Young - Monday, June 11, Lazaridis Hall, 2 p.m.

A journalist, speaker and broadcaster, Young is described as an influential and informed intellect who demystifies technology and its impact on culture. Young, who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters, is the creator and host of CBC Radio One’s Spark and author of The Virtual Self. She is considered one of Canada’s superior storytellers addressing how technology is transforming our lives and the world around us. Young’s work reaches large national and international audiences, revealing a thought-provoking look at how technology is changing the way we understand ourselves, each other and the culture we live in. A leader in her field, Young inspires youth and young women in the fields of science, technology, digital media and journalism. Young has a Master of Arts from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Mary Deacon - Wednesday, June 13, Lazaridis Hall, 1 p.m.

Deacon, chair of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Laurier for her passionate advocacy work and leadership in mental health issues. Over the last 25 years, Deacon has held many senior positions in the non-profit sector, including almost a decade as the president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation — Canada’s largest mental health hospital. Having lost two brothers to suicide and enduring her own battle with depression, Deacon dedicates her life to helping those who suffer from mental health issues. She serves on several boards, including the University of Guelph Board of Governors, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health. Deacon has a Bachelor of Arts and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph.

Order of Wilfrid Laurier University

The Order of Wilfrid Laurier recognizes exemplary and distinguished service to the university by members of the Laurier community.

Linda Fabi - Thursday, June 14, Lazaridis Hall, 1 p.m.

A leader in education, both in the Waterloo Region and at Laurier, Fabi (BA '75 and MA '82), spent her 43-year career inspiring the lives of local youth and children, and those who taught them.

As the director of the Waterloo Region District School Board, Fabi nurtured the vision and supported the development of Laurier's Faculty of Education. Fabi continues to serve the Faculty of Education on the Dean’s Development Advisory Board and as a guest speaker. Fabi served for the Ontario Ministry of Education in various leadership capacities and was president of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association and an executive member of the Council for Ontario Directors of Education. She was on the executive committee of THEMUSEUM and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

Tickets are required for all convocation ceremonies. Contact for ticket inquiries. Find more information about convocation.

Laurier will also be celebrating its focus on teaching and research excellence by presenting the University Research Professor award, the Faculty Award for Service Excellence and Community Engagement, as well as several teaching awards and student teaching awards at its convocation ceremonies.

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Sondra Schwartz, Manager 
Ceremonies & Events
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3800


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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