UWSA Bike Lab coordinator honoured for campus sustainability

Dave Dorning

Dave Dorning

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg is pleased to honour Dave Dorning, general coordinator of the UWSA Bike Lab, with the Campus Sustainability Recognition Award. UWinnipeg established the award to recognize meritorious contributions to campus sustainability, which may be conferred to a faculty member, support staff or a university organization. Dorning will receive the award on Friday, June 12, during UWinnipeg’s Spring Convocation.

An elite athlete, skilled bicycle mechanic and mature student in the Department of Kinesiology, Dorning has consistently gone above and beyond the expectations of his part-time position as the general coordinator of the UWSA Bike Lab, making a significant contribution to UWinnipeg’s culture of campus sustainability. In his position Dorning has served as an invaluable mentor, safety educator and advocate for environmentally sustainable transportation.

Dorning began working at the UWSA Bike Lab in 2012. In 2013 he worked extensively to develop a comprehensive bicycle mechanic training program for Bike Lab volunteers.  By building the capacity of students to act as lead mechanics in the Lab, Dorning’s program was instrumental in ensuring the Bike Lab could better meet its goals of staying open longer hours to provide support to students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in adopting cycling as a commuting option.

Dorning is also noted for his efforts to design and deliver programming to school-age children so they can better understand the links between environmental sustainability, active transportation, and health. He has provided this community education formally through involvement with initiatives such as Lets Speak Ojibwe to our Kids, the EcoKids on Campus, the Model School, and a BMX Bike Build program for local youth. In the summer months Dorning can often be seen in the lot next to the Bike Lab, working with low-income community members to ensure cycling is safe and accessible to all.


The UWSA Bike Lab is a revolutionary cycling education and advocacy facility that provides the space, tools and support to allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to keep their bicycles running smoothly all year long.

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Megan Benedictson, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7129, E: me.benedictson@uwinnipeg.ca


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