BRANDON – Doris Pratt will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brandon University (BU) Senate this weekend during BU’s Homecoming celebration.
This year’s expanded Homecoming festivities begin tonight, and Pratt will be recognized at the annual Homecoming Dinner and Awards banquet on Saturday. An Elder from Wikoza Wakpa (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), she is being lauded for her contributions to education, particularly in the promotion and teaching of the Dakota language.
Pratt, who is an Educational Elder Advisor for Sioux Valley Education, has been involved in school administration for three decades. She has published books in the Dakota language and developed other educational materials which have been used as resources at Dakota schools and included in treaty relations learning packages distributed to schools across Manitoba.
Pratt’s mainstream education includes a Master of Education from Brandon University and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Arizona. Her traditional education includes teaching from her family and community knowledge carriers.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes long-term service and volunteer commitment to Brandon University as well as to the commitments and principles of BU.
The 2017 Homecoming Festivities will begin with tonight’s special jazz concert featuring BU Dean of Music Greg Gatien and School of Music faculty member Michael Cain, as well as a celebration of authors in the BU Journal of Graduate Studies in Education. Other Homecoming events will include class reunions, a Brandon University Bobcats/Brandon College Caps football reunion, the unveiling of the renewed Brandon College Portrait Gallery and the Dick and Verda McDonald Sports Wall of Fame Brunch.
On Saturday Pratt will be honoured along with the previously announced recipients of the Brandon University Alumni Association (BUAA) Awards. Dr. Anthony Chow will receive the Wall of Fame Award; Ben Dietschi will be the recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award; Dr. Lynn Whidden will be presented with the Alumni Award for Career Achievement; and Elder Gordon Williams will be honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service.
For more information on Homecoming 2017, which kicks off a year of celebrations marking BU’s golden anniversary as a university, visit Brandonu.ca/Homecoming.