University board chair lauded by province with prestigious citizen’s honourOne of eight Albertans to receive this year’s Alberta Order of Excellence is also one of Athabasca University’s own: Vivian Manasc, Chair of the university’s Board of Governors.
The Alberta Order of Excellence recognizes the broad and significant impact of Manasc’s work, provincially and nationally, in the field of sustainable building and community design. It also speaks to her passion for art, architecture, the environment, people and communities that have “formed the blueprint for her work and life.”
Athabasca University President Neil Fassina echoes those acknowledgments and has expressed his delight with respect to his esteemed colleague’s notable accolade.
“On behalf of the entire Athabasca University community, I am pleased to congratulate Vivian on this great recognition — the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on one of its own,” said Fassina.
“Throughout her career and her many contributions to the Edmonton community, the province of Alberta, and in her role at Athabasca University, this most recent honour is testimony of Vivian’s dedication, vivacity, commitment and passion in everything she sets out to accomplish — more importantly, with her end goal always being to create lasting and impactful change.”
Blueprint for success
Manasc studied architecture at McGill University and completed an MBA at the University of Alberta. In 1997 she created Manasc Isaac, an Alberta-based architectural and engineering studio, taking the helm as its senior principal. Shortly thereafter, she launched Manasc Isaac’s reimagine initiative, focused on the greening of existing buildings.
She was also the visionary behind the Blue Sky Award to assist non-profit organizations to visualize and launch their own dream facilities. Additionally, she developed the First Nations’ Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Communities, to enhance the quality of life in First Nations communities across Canada.
On behalf of the entire Athabasca University community, I am pleased to congratulate Vivian on this great recognition — the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on one of its own.
~Dr. Neil Fassina, president, Athabasca University
Her passion and commitment to outstanding sustainable architecture has been recognized nationally. Most recently, Manasc unveiled her namesake architectural studio in Bucharest, Romania: Latitudine 53.
For her part, Manasc says her outlook on both work and life is positive and that she is “endlessly optimistic” — always believing “in the world of the possible.”
Last March, the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed Manasc to a three-year term as Chair of the Athabasca University Board of Governors. Three months later, at the university’s convocation last June, Alberta Advanced Education Minister, the Hon. Marlin Schmidt, formally installed her as Board Chair.
Today, at 4 p.m. (MST), in an investiture ceremony at Government House, Manasc will join 164 members inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence — members whom Lt.-Gov. Mitchell says are “inspiring citizens … sharing the best of their energy, ideas and abilities in their work to strengthen communities and foster enhanced opportunities for Albertans.
“They are great mentors and leaders who inspire us all in our collective efforts to build the best possible province,” she adds.
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