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Dorothy Shoichet to receive honorary degree

November 8, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – On Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m., the University of Toronto will award Dorothy Shoichet an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of her business leadership and tireless volunteer efforts, particularly in the areas of education and the arts.

Shoichet, a Toronto native, earned a Political Science and Economics degree from the University of Illinois before getting her start in the business world as co-manager of the Oxford Picture Frame Company. While raising three children, Shoichet helped grow the company into Canada’s largest manufacturer of picture frame moulding and accessories. A passionate admirer and supporter of the arts, she simultaneously advanced her own formal education in art and art history, writing and opera.

Shoichet is a strong advocate of education and has dedicated much of her life to volunteerism in this field. Her efforts have included serving as director of Dare Arts, a program for at-risk children, and also as both Vice President of the World ORT Union and President of the Canadian Women’s ORT, one of the world’s largest non-governmental education and training organizations. Her commitment to the arts is also reflected in her steadfast volunteerism with the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Obsidian Theatre.

Shoichet is an avid supporter of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9.

WHAT: Dorothy Shoichet to receive honorary degree at fall convocation.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. to ensure seating.

WHERE: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact media relations at 416-978-0100