BRANDON, MB – Brandon College graduate, Mr. Frank McKinnon, a familiar face in Manitoba’s amateur sport community, was recently honoured with induction into the Order of Canada. McKinnon, Bachelor of Science class of ’55 graduate and member of the Brandon University (BU) Sports Wall of Fame, received the honour in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston at the investiture ceremony held on February 13th, 2015 at Rideau Hall.
“Naturally, everyone would feel very proud and humble to receive this outstanding honour,” says McKinnon. “I am very happy to receive the Order of Canada on behalf of all the people I have worked with and who have helped me over the years.”
Throughout his long career as a teacher and school principal in Hamiota and Carman, Man., McKinnon was a constant fixture in the promotion and development of opportunities for youth through sport. This dedication took flight during his time as a student and athlete at Brandon College in the 1950s.
“Frank McKinnon was a participant, promoter and leader during his involvement with Athletics at Brandon College,” says Russ Paddock, Athletic Director at Brandon University. “His passion for sport and his belief in the positive qualities it creates were evident in the various sport leadership positions that he embraced. Frank is a true role model for all past and current student athletes from Brandon University.”
McKinnon held numerous coaching positions in high school athletics programs, and was a dedicated leader for community and sports organizations locally, provincially and nationally. Most notably, McKinnon was a long-time president of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, the commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for 10 years, and is a past president of Hockey Canada.
“I offer sincerest congratulations to Mr. McKinnon on achieving this outstanding honour,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, Brandon University President and Vice-Chancellor. “The Order of Canada recognizes exceptional individuals that have shown dedication to the community and service to our country. Mr. McKinnon embodies this spirit, and it is an honour for us to count him as a member of the BU family.”
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