Spence Street renamed Marsha Hanen Way

The University of Winnipeg has renamed a prominent corridor on campus to recognize the distinguished legacy of Dr. Marsha Hanen — the University’s first female President and Vice-Chancellor.

For her lasting contributions and continued support, UWinnipeg is proud to permanently rename the Spence Street Mall as Marsha Hanen Way.

During her decade of service to UWinnipeg, Dr. Hanen advanced the institution’s growth and development strategy, bolstered the University’s reputation as a strong undergraduate school, and laid the groundwork for many campus landmarks.

Some of her accomplishments include the signing of The University of Winnipeg Act, the establishment of a full Bachelor of Education program, and the opening of both the Bulman Student Centre and the acclaimed Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

She also initiated the process of closing Spence Street to vehicle traffic and secured the purchase of the former Salvation Army Citadel on Balmoral Street, which later became home to the University’s Department of Theatre and Film. Her vision and forethought have allowed UWinnipeg to grow and expand in the years since her tenure.

Former colleagues and faculty members describe her as an open and honest leader with a high level of integrity. She actively included the campus community in decision-making and worked to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among academic departments.

She has continued to give back to the UWinnipeg community through The Marsha Hanen Global Ethics and Dialogue Fund, which supports faculty research; and the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness, which recognizes faculty and staff working to expand understanding of, and respect for, UWinnipeg.

Dr. Hanen is a member of the Order of Canada and an esteemed academic. She has applied her love of philosophy to many different areas of study, including law, science, ethics, feminist theory, liberal arts, education, research and privacy.

Click through the slideshow below for a few photos from the Marsha Hanen Way plaque unveiling and reception event.

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