The University of Ottawa has announced that it will rename its student volunteer centre the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement in honour of the University’s outgoing chancellor, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.
“I’m honoured by the University’s touching tribute. It’s not without regret that I left my position as chancellor. But rest assured that the University of Ottawa will always hold a special place in my heart. And to see my name associated with such a centre, one that fosters community engagement as well as a connection and openness to the world, makes me extremely proud,” says Ms. Jean at a recent uOttawa ceremony in her honour.
The naming of the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement is also a way to highlight Ms. Jean’s contribution to bolstering the University of Ottawa’s reputation on the international stage in recent years. Her esteemed reputation has allowed her to contribute in concrete ways to raising the profile of the largest French-English bilingual university in the world, both at home and abroad. She has also been a catalyst for many partnerships and agreements between the University of Ottawa and numerous institutions of higher learning in the world’s French-speaking countries.
The Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement, originally inaugurated in October 2011, is a one-stop shop for uOttawa students that provides information on volunteering and volunteer opportunities in the National Capital Region, across Canada and around the world. It provides support as well to those students looking to launch their own local initiatives and coordinates over 4,000 community service placements each year. Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement in honour of the University’s outgoing chancellor, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.