Common Law graduate and Adjunct Professor Penny Collenette (’91) was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a special ceremony in Fauteux Hall on October 9, 2012.
The medal was presented by Common Law alumnus Yasir Naqvi (’99), the current MPP for Ottawa Centre and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. “You don’t often get an opportunity to recognize a friend, a mentor and a confidant,” said Mr. Naqvi. “I’m extremely honoured to present this medal to Penny Collenette, who has been all three of those things to me, and continues to be every single day, whenever I call on her. I think it’s important, especially for the law students here today, to see the kinds of things Penny Collenette has done to enrich not only her community here in Ottawa, but how she’s benefitted our province and contributed to our country.”
After accepting her medal and thanking the many friends and family in attendance, Ms. Collenette addressed the law students in the audience: “The point to make to the younger law students here tonight is this: do give back to your community, in whichever way you want. . . . The way in which you give back will reflect your own values and your vision of the country.”
Ms. Collenette then spoke about a man who had been an inspiration to her in her career, former Attorney General Ian Scott. In particular, Ms. Collenette highlighted the law school’s plan to construct a new fully functional courtroom, accompanied by an adjoining classroom, in the University’s Brooks Building, beside Fauteux Hall. Spearheaded by Mr. Scott’s brother, and graduate of the Common Law Section, David Scott (’60), the new facility will be known as the Ian G. Scott Courtroom. “I think this is absolutely groundbreaking,” said Ms. Collenette, praising Dean Feldthusen for his role in bringing the project to fruition, and remarking that such an innovative enterprise is a fitting tribute to Ian Scott. “For what he did, and the way he did it, Ian Scott is a hero, and so on behalf of the Collenette family, we salute the Scott family and their dedication to Ottawa, and tonight I would like to dedicate this award to Ian.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates Her Majesty’s accession to the throne 60 years ago by honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.
Penny Collenette is a leader and innovator whose influential reach spans the worlds of public policy, business and academia. She is a former Senior Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, Vice President of George Weston Ltd., and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also a valued teacher, mentor and advocate.