Renison University College’s most recent Distinguished Alumnus, Rick Green, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (insignia seen below) on June 30, 2017. He was recognized for his contributions to Canadian television as a comedian, actor and writer, and for his efforts to raise awareness and understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Green was one of 99 new members, officers, and companions of the order announced in advance of the Canada 150 celebrations. The list of appointees included other prominent Canadians, including comedian Mike Myers, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, hockey legend Mark Messier, Team Canada soccer captain Christine Sinclair, and Charles, Prince of Wales.
A Renison honouree at this year’s Founders Day, Green received a Bachelor of Science (Physics) in 1975 from the University of Waterloo and, during his undergraduate studies, lived in residence at Renison University College. Having done significant work in Canadian television and comedy, including co-founding, directing, acting in, and writing for The Red Green Show, Canada’s longest running comedy series, he now works to raise public awareness and educate on the subject of ADHD.
Green has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and was awarded the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Transforming Lives Award for his work on ADHD education and advocacy. Renison is excited to welcome him back to campus in October to give a presentation to Renison and other University of Waterloo students entitled “Getting a Degree with ADHD.”