Former Providence president receives jubilee medal


Provencher MP Vic Toews paid Dr. Gus Konkel a personal visit to present him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

By Marianne Curtis

The former president of ProvidenceUniversityCollege in Otterburne is one of the most recently Diamond Jubilee medal recipients in the region.

Dr Gus Konkel received a personal home visit from Provencher MP Vic Toews when he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

“Gus Konkel has contributed to the Christian academic community for many years,” said Toews. “During the course of his nearly thirty years at ProvidenceUniversityCollege, Gus demonstrated a remarkable ability to motivate people to become involved in a wide variety of projects. Most recently, that leadership led to the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions at ProvidenceUniversityCollege.”

Konkel began his career at ProvidenceCollege as a professor 1984 and was named president in 2001. During Dr. Konkel’s presidency, Providence became a university college and its degrees became fully recognized by provincial universities.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and honour the significant contributions and achievements of Canadians.

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