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Dr. Robert Ewing Geography Lab & Aki Stewardship Centre Plaque Unveiling

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON- December 10, 2020): Algoma University’s Geography, Geology and Land Stewardship Department unveiled the Dr. Robert Ewing Geography Lab & Aki Stewardship Centre Plaque today in a physically distanced ceremony at the University. Faculty, staff, students and media were invited to attend via Zoom.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Ewing was a Geography professor and the Academic Dean of Algoma University College from 1977 to 1984. His life wove a path that traversed across continents – along the way building life experiences and knowledge that he joyfully shared with others. 

Bob’s daughter Shelagh Ewing honoured us with words to commemorate this meaningful dedication to her father. “Our family is incredibly pleased with this honour bestowed on our father, recognizing his legacy of dedication to teaching, mentoring and the institution of Algoma University. We remember growing up in a time of tumult in the history of Algoma and are thrilled, as he would be, that Algoma thrives today and continues to provide exceptional educational opportunities to its students.” 

Dr. Ewing’s thesis was about Sault Ste Marie, and his primary interest was in urban geography. Bob was an important part of the Algoma family, helping to guide the institution through some challenging years. This plaque honours the legacy that he left behind, and serves as inspiration for research and looking to the future. 

Dr. Nairne Cameron, Chair of the Department notes “We are very grateful for the strong foundation that Dr. Ewing has provided. The lab, also known as the Aki Stewardship Centre, will serve all our students, including being a home for our Level 1 Professional Lands Management Certificate students when they are on campus. Our Level 1 education partner, the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) has generously funded a major update of the space creating a digital smart classroom and lab which will support a variety of learning pathways.” 

For more information about Robert Ewing click here. The “Dr. Robert Ewing Geography Award” was created to support students who wish to continue Bob’s mission. To donate, please contact Bev Teller, CFRE, Alumni & Advancement Office at 705-949-2301, ext. 4125 or [email protected]

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