Renison community gathers for Founders Day, grants honours

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Platform party and honorees take a group photo in their academic robesRenison University College celebrated Founders Day, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in recognition of the 58th anniversary of the college. The festivities began with a service and convocation at All Saints' Anglican Church in Waterloo followed by a reception in Renison’s Great Hall with a magnificent array of food prepared by our in-house catering team.

Installed as Honorary Senior Fellows were Peter Ringrose, former Chair of the Renison Board of Governors, and The Most Rev. Colin Johnson, the current Anglican Archbishop of Toronto and of Moosonee and the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Rick Green, best know as a co-creator of Canada's longest running comedy (The Red Green Show) and now an educator and advocate on the subject of ADHD, was installed as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College.

Caroline Tanswell, Director of External Relations and Internal Communications, explains the significance of Renison’s Founders Day: "It is a recognition of the founding of Renison University College,a time for the Renison community - friends, volunteers, faculty, and staff - to come together to celebrate what we have accomplished since our founding and to pause, in the midst of all our work, to recognize those in our community who have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of others. This year was especially important as we added to the Renison family with our food services department as new staff members."


Photo of Colin JohnsonThe Most Rev. Colin Johnson, BA, MDiv, DD
Archbishop Johnson was educated at Western University, received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity College in 1977, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1978. Having served in a variety of roles as a priest, Johnson was elected and consecrated suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto in 2003 and served as the area bishop of Trent-Durham. Johnson was elected and installed as the 11th Bishop of Toronto in 2004. In 2009, he was elected Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario and, with a reorganization of the Diocese of Moosonee, Johnson also became the Bishop of Moosonee in 2014.

Photo of Peter RingroseMr. Peter Ringrose, BA, BPhil
During his lengthy career in the social work field, Peter Ringrose has championed the rights of families and children in Waterloo Region. Not only did he work to improve the care for Crown Wards, resulting in increased post-secondary education opportunities, but he led the initiative to provide more services to families without having to bring matters before the court.  He also led the development of a province-wide Children’s Aid Society Information Network. Ringrose joined the Renison University College Board of Governors in 2008, serving as Chair from 2013 to 2015. 

Photo of Rick GreenMr. Richard Green, BSc (’75), OOnt
An alumnus of Renison University College and the University of Waterloo, Rick Green channeled his talents into comedy writing and performing live on radio and television.  He began his television career as a member of the comedy troupe, The Frantics, and went on to co-create Canada’s longest running comedy program, The Red Green Show. Since being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Green has worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the condition. His work on ADHD awareness and education has garnered him several awards and accolades, including an appointment as a Member of the Order of Ontario.

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