MacLeod honoured on Burns Day

February 9, 2002, Vol . 23, No. 3
By Carol Thorbes

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The timing could not have been better when B.C.'s Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo attended a luncheon in honour of a key figure in SFU's history on Jan. 25, Robbie Burns day. Campagnolo was at the Diamond University Centre (DUC) luncheon to congratulate Ron MacLeod on being appointed an officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour for lifetime achievement. MacLeod was the recipient of SFU's 2000 Chancellor's distinguished service award and co-founded SFU's centre for Scottish studies. A former federal fisheries official, MacLeod is an invaluable resource to SFU on fisheries issues. For more than 20 years, a band of Scots and near Scots from SFU's campus community has marked the birthday of Robbie Burns, Scotland's national bard, by parading a piping hot haggis around campus. MacLeod, the son of Scots parents, beamed with pride as SFU's haggis bearers, led by two pipers from the world famous SFU senior pipe band, marched into his celebratory luncheon at the DUC. Caught up in the perfect timing of the dual celebration, Campagnolo accepted - albeit gingerly - a spoonful of haggis, Scotland's national dish, from MacLeod. The south Surrey resident's numerous contributions to protecting Canada's fish resource over a 40-year period earned him Canada's most coveted award for life time achievement. He is proudest of a program he incorporated in his development of B.C.'s Pacific salmonid enhancement program. It uses salmon enhancement education as a vehicle for learning biology, mathematics and gaining writing and technical skills in Grades 4 to 12. Students also gain an appreciation of the importance of protecting and conserving fish and their habitats. Only 66 Canadians are named officers of the Order of Canada annually.

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