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Mary Anne Chambers to receive honorary degree at U of T

June 6, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will honour Mary Anne Chambers, a former Ontario cabinet minister and outstanding volunteer, on Wednesday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of her exemplary roles in public and community service.

An alumna of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Chambers was elected as a provincial Member of Parliament in 2003 after retiring from Scotiabank as a senior vice-president. As Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, she made substantial improvements to the Ontario Student Assistance Program and introduced non-repayable income-based tuition grants for college and university students. In her subsequent role as Minister of Children and Youth Services, she introduced legislation to establish an independent office of the provincial advocate for children and youth.

Chambers is also an outstanding volunteer, serving as Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, Chair of the United Way of Canada and Member of the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto. She currently serves on the Boards of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and P.A.C.E. Canada, an organization that supports early childhood development.

Chambers sponsors two Basic Schools in Jamaica. She has funded scholarships for more than thirty first-year students in Canadian universities and colleges and also sponsors an Academic Mentorship Program for middle and high school students in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is very 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, June 8.

WHAT:          Mary Anne Chambers to receive honorary degree at spring convocation. 

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. to ensure seating. 

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

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For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100