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News Release - Manitoba

March 14, 2017


The Manitoba government has appointed four new members to the Brandon University Board of Governors, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

“The skills and experiences these new members bring will complement Brandon University’s existing Board of Governors well,” said Wishart.  “I’m pleased to join Brandon University in welcoming them.”

Dr. Trudy Corbett and Katie Kerkowich have been appointed as members for terms of office expiring June 30, 2019, while Caroline Stitt and Ethan Strain have been appointed as student members for terms of office expiring June 30.

Corbett is a Brandon periodontist, part-time instructor at the University of Manitoba faculty of dentistry and co-chair of the Brandon Riverbank Inc. capital campaign.  She previously served as board chair of the United Way of Brandon and District, as well as a board member of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.  Corbett was the recipient of the 2006 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Excellence in Service and recognized by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Business.

Kerkowich is a Brandon University bachelor of arts (honours) graduate and a middle-years teacher at Earl Oxford School in Brandon.  She is an integral part of the Earl Oxford School community organizing activities and events for students as well as serving as the Grade 7-8 boys’ volleyball team coach for the last three years.

Stitt is a graduate of Vincent Massey School and is currently attending Brandon University.  She is a provincially recognized all-star volleyball athlete and Canadian Music Competition Manitoba silver medalist for piano with a total of eight successful Royal Conservatory of Canada piano exam completions.

Strain is a second-year bachelor of science student at Brandon University, pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  He is a graduate of Virden Collegiate Institute, advocate member of the Manitoba Percheron Belgian Club and an organizing committee member of the 2022 World Percheron Congress, which be hosted in Brandon.  In addition to draft horses, Strain’s interests extend to baseball, for which he was honoured as the most improved player and a team leader for his contributions to the school team.

The Brandon University Board of Governors consists of 17 members, 10 of whom are appointed by the lieutenant-governor in council.  Of the 10 members appointed by the lieutenant-governor, two must be students of Brandon University.  The powers of the board are set forth in The Brandon University Act and include the appointment of the president, vice-president, deans and the other staff.  Appointments are for up to three-year terms except for students who have a one-year term of office.  Board members are eligible to be re-appointed for a second term.

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