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Lakehead University announces honorary degree recipients (3 Photos)

Recipients include Murray Sinclair, Rosalind Lockyer and Donald Paterson.

THUNDER BAY — The Honourable Murray Sinclair is among three individuals named by Lakehead University on Monday to be recipients of honorary degrees at the convocation ceremony later this month.

The ceremony will be held virtually on May 29 at 11 a.m.

Sinclair retired from the Canadian Senate this year after serving five years.

He is an Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation.

He served as a judge and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among many other accomplishments.

Sinclair will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Lakehead graduate Rosalind Lockyer founded the PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise in 1995.

It's recognized today as the largest peer lending network in North America.

Among her achievements, Lockyer received a Women of the Decade in Community Leadership award at the Women's Economic Forum in New Delhi, India in 2018.

She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The third recipient is Donald Paterson, who ended a successful career with Paterson GlobalFoods as chairman of the corporation.

Paterson went on to chair the newly-formed Tbaytel, and was instrumental in transforming it from a city department to a fully independent corporate entity.

He will be granted an honorary Doctor of Commerce.

Lakehead University will also recognize two community members by naming them Fellows of the University for contributing to the development of LU.

Seppo Paivalainen has served as a lawyer for more than 40 years, and is a former Honorary Consul for Finland.

His community involvement spans a broad range of activities.

Vince Mirabelli, a successful realtor for 14 years, has made numerous contributions to the university and to the community in general.

In 2019 the LU Alumni Association gave him an honorary membership for his contributions to LU and its students.