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First Alumni Awards from Royal Roads University won by York Regional Police chief and South Sudanese journalist

October 9, 2012

Victoria - A courageous African journalist working in the world’s newest country and the police chief in one of Canada’s most diverse communities will be the first recipients of Royal Roads University’s new Alumni Awards, to be handed out Oct.22. 

South Sudanese radio journalist Mading Ngor will receive the Alumni Excellence Award, and respected community leader and York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe will receive the Alumni Leadership Award. The awards were created to acknowledge all alumni –  both ex-cadets from Royal Roads Military College and graduates from Royal Roads University – who have become leaders of change in their communities.

“These two Alumni Award winners are outstanding examples of how our graduates make a difference in their communities, and how they use their knowledge and skills as leaders to create opportunity and change lives,” said Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “Launching the new awards program this year gives us an opportunity to highlight and recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of our alumni.”

Mading Ngor is a 2010 graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program. As a child, he was displaced by a civil war in Sudan including violent attacks that destroyed his village and killed his father. After receiving an education in Canada, he returned to the new country of South Sudan, where he is a fearless radio journalist and a contributor to other media outlets such as Reuters and the Huffington Post.

Eric Jolliffe is a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Leadership program. With more than 33 years of law enforcement experience, Jolliffe is a much-decorated leader who encourages team building among his staff as well as outreach programs for more than one million residents living in the multicultural York Region, part of the Greater Toronto Area. 

The two men will receive their awards at a luncheon on Monday, Oct. 22 in the Quarterdeck in the Grant Building from noon – 2 p.m. In addition, the award winners will each present an evening public lecture: Jolliffe’s presentation on Leadership in Action will be on Oct. 22 from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and Ngor’s presentation on Voices for Freedom will be on Oct. 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. Both lectures will be held in the Learning Innovation Centre at Royal Roads. For more information go to http://www.royalroads.ca/alumni/alumni-awards

Royal Roads University’s fall convocation follows the awards on Oct. 23 at the Royal Theatre. 

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

Royal Roads University has more than 18,500 graduates active in 60 countries around the world as well as about 6,000 ex-Royal Roads Military College cadets. Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

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