St. Paul's Principal receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

For his contributions to Aboriginal youth education, St. Paul’s Principal Dr. Graham Brown has been awarded a Governor-General’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. The medals honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians and were created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

Dr. Brown was instrumental in conceiving of and mobilizing the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul’s, which runs UW Directions, an outreach program for high school students, and supports higher education initiatives for Aboriginal youth. He has been involved in native education since 2003, when he established the Aboriginal Counselor position at the College to support uWaterloo’s Aboriginal students, staff and faculty.

Dr. Brown has been involved in other native education efforts, including supporting the Lt. Governor Literacy Camp program established by The Honorable James K. Bartleman for Aboriginal youth on remote reserves in Ontario’s north. He also teaches ethics and philosophy.

“It is appropriate and important for a university college with United Church roots to work with Aboriginal communities for improved education outcomes for their youth,” said Dr. Brown. “We work together with seven generations in mind: We are conscious of a debt to past generations and prepare diligently to benefit the generations of the future.”