Marilyn Kenny, RRC Alumnus and member of the Board of Governors, establishes student award

Marilyn Kenny has a long history of supporting her community and her accomplishments are numerous.

A few of her many roles within the federal and provincial governments included the administration of social services in the Interlake and Northern Manitoba, participation in the establishment of the Women’s Employment Counselling Centre, Manager of the Employment Centre in Dauphin, Director of Apprenticeship and Director of Settlement and Adult Language Training. From 2001 until her retirement in 2010 Marilyn was the Director of Operations with the Manitoba Nurses’ Union.

Given her passion for people and their well-being, it is no surprise that Marilyn has received numerous accolades. She was:

  • nominated for the YWCA Woman of the Year,
  • awarded the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Woman of the Year,
  • a recipient of the Going the Extra Mile Award from the Public Personnel Association and,
  • the recipient of the Teachers of English as an Additional Language Award for the creation of the Immigrant Nurse Language Training Centre at the Manitoba Nurses’ Union.

Recently Marilyn continued on her path of supporting the well-being of others by investing in an endowment fund to create the John and Marilyn Kenny Award at Red River College. She knows first-hand the struggles of pursuing an education while working and raising a family and wanted to ensure support for others in similar situations.

She was appointed to the Board of Governors in August of 2013 and amongst her many other educational accomplishments (A BA from U of W & MEd. from U of M), is an RRC alumnus with a Certificate in Social Welfare.

Marilyn established the award because, as she says, “Red River College gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue my goals and the motivation to become a lifelong learner.  For this I feel truly blessed”.

To apply for this award, valued at a minimum of $500, students must demonstrate financial need, have at least one dependent and have been out of high school for one or more years.

Learn more about the John and Marilyn Kenny Award and other available scholarships, bursaries or awards.

To set up and endowment fund or create an annual scholarship, bursary or award call 204-631-3324.