Frances Lankin receives honorary degree from Seneca College

Frances Lankin, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Toronto, receives an honorary bachelor of applied studies degree from Seneca College. On stage to confer the degree were Seneca President David Agnew, Board of Governors Chair Helen Hayward and Vice-President of Student Services and Human Resources Susie Vallance.

Toronto, June 23, 2010 – Frances Lankin’s career has spanned the fields of child care, correctional services, trade unions, politics, public service and philanthropy. In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, Seneca presented her with an honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree at Seneca College’s convocation on Thursday, June 24 at Seneca’s Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto.

“Frances has devoted her life to helping others and improving our communities,” said Seneca College President David Agnew. “We are proud to have had her as a member of Seneca’s Board of Governors and to honour her commitment to education and the creation of opportunities for the next generation.”

Frances is currently completing her last year as President and Chief Executive Office of the United Way of Greater Toronto, a position she has held since 2001. Under her leadership, the United Way has increased donations substantially and has become a major contributor to public policy discussions around strengthening neighbourhoods, affordable housing and reducing poverty. Prior to this post, she was a member of the Ontario Legislature, where she held several Cabinet portfolios in the 1990-95 Bob Rae government.

She has been a committed volunteer in the education and non-profit sectors, including a role as Director of Seneca College’s Board of Governors from 2004 until 2007.

Frances has received many recognitions and honours throughout her career, including the CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations from the Canadian Public Relations Society in 2008, and an appointment to the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada in 2009.

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