Community leaders to receive honorary diplomas at RRC’s Spring Convocation

Burpee AngusRed River College will pay tribute to a pair of community leaders and passionate Manitobans at tomorrow’s spring convocation ceremony at the Centennial Concert Hall.

This year’s Honorary Diploma recipients are Dave Angus (Business Administration), President and CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (shown above at right) and Ace Burpee (Creative Communications), local radio host and community advocate (shown at left).

“Both recipients are leaders in their community; their contributions are widely known and well respected,” says Interim RRC President David Rew. “On behalf of the Board of Governors and the Awards Committee, I congratulate both individuals for their outstanding contributions to our community and for their work as advocates for Red River College.”

Angus has been a long-standing fixture in Winnipeg’s business community, having served as the Chamber of Commerce’s chair and as its president and CEO since 1999. Under his leadership the Chamber has increased its membership to the highest level in its history, and has been recognized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as an Accredited Chamber with Distinction.

Angus also played an instrumental role in bringing a World Trade Centre to Winnipeg, and in establishing Leadership Winnipeg, Yes! Winnipeg and the BOLD initiative — a grassroots public policy campaign designed to mobilize community support for forward-thinking ideas that will increase prosperity in the city.

Host of The Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio, Burpee has been a leader in Winnipeg’s broadcast industry for more than a decade, and is well known for the hundreds of charitable events and causes — both local and international — that he donates his time to every year.

Through his tireless efforts, he has helped to raise millions of dollars for countless charities, while raising awareness of many important social and community issues.

Burpee’s community work has earned him a number of national and community-based awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Hero of Mental Health Award, and the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.

In addition to his radio gig, he is also a columnist with Metro Winnipeg, and the host of TV’s Great Tastes of Manitoba.

Both Angus and Burpee will receive their diplomas at convocation ceremonies taking place Wed., June 10 at the Centennial Concert Hall. The ceremonies will be streamed live for those who can’t attend in person.