UWinnipeg Collegiate grad Chantal Kreviazuk to be honoured at 2014 Juno awards

chantalThe University of Winnipeg community congratulates singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida who will receive the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno awards in Winnipeg in March.

The talented Kreviazuk is a UWinnipeg Collegiate graduate (Class of ’90) who helped launch UWinnipeg’s “Opportunity Fund” in 2006, in conjunction with Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor. Known for her longstanding humanitarian commitment and belief in the power of education, Kreviazuk’s generous support for the Opportunity Fund allows Aboriginal, new Canadian, and other students under-represented at universities obtain fast-track bursaries. As of May 2013, $2.9 million has been raised and 1,158 fast track bursaries have been awarded to students in financial need, supporting 238 graduates to date.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences today (Nov 5) announced Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida as the recipients of the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Bell Media. Kreviazuk and Maida exemplify the spirit of the award through their devotion to philanthropy and humanitarian causes at home and abroad. Kreviazuk, a two-time JUNO Award winner and Maida — a four-time winner with Our Lady Peace — are one of Canada’s most influential cultural couples, sharing a passion and commitment that goes well beyond music. Ardent believers in social equality, they have been formidable advocates for the less fortunate — from mental health patients and Aboriginal communities to war-torn societies.

The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award will be presented to Kreviazuk and Maida at the 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 29, 2014 in Winnipeg.

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