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Activist Gary Kinsman to be honoured by Thorneloe

Thorneloe University at Laurentian will recognize the significant contributions of three individuals at its convocation Oct. 8.
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Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty member Gary Kinsman speaks to the media Nov. 12 after he and several other members of the group were cleared of trespassing charges. Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen.
Thorneloe University at Laurentian will recognize the significant contributions of three individuals at its convocation Oct. 8.

University of Guelph professor Dionne Brand, a renowned poet and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her important contribution to the literary world.

Brand has held a number of professorships across North America, including the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Students in Women's Studies at Thorneloe University have been greatly inspired by her works.

In her fiction, students have found the characters to be deeply layered and complex, much like their own lives, a press release said.

Gary Kinsman, professor of sociology at Laurentian University, will be awarded the Thorneloe Mitre in recognition of his important scholarship in the area of the history of Canadian sexuality.

Kinsman, a long-time advocate for women’s rights and social justice for sexual minorities, has been an unfailing supporter of Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University and the liberal arts more generally at Laurentian, the press release said.

Kinsman is also well known locally as a member of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty.

A long-time supporter of Thorneloe University, Muiriel Checkeris will be awarded on Honorary Fellowship for her significant contribution to education and the arts. A former school board trustee and chair, she is a talented artist whose leadership has enriched Sudbury’s artistic landscape, the press release said.

An active volunteer with the Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, she served as Chair of the new Art Gallery of Sudbury. In 2004, she organized a group of artists to open Artists on Elgin. Checkeris was the 2014 recipient of the Community Builders Award for the arts.

In addition to the presentation of these awards, students will receive special scholarships from Thorneloe University. Degrees, diplomas and certificates will also be granted for Thorneloe’s School of Theology. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the Convocation ceremony.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre.