Carleton University Professor Ted Jackson has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, one of 11 Ontarians receiving the prestigious honour this year. He is also one of a very few academics ever to receive this award since its inception in 1973.
The 2009 medals were conferred by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David C. Onley, at an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on Monday, Nov. 16.
The citation for Professor Jackson reads:
“Ted Jackson is a university professor who believes that knowledge has the power to build communities outside the school walls. For over 30 years, he has worked hard to connect universities with communities on ways to increase social justice and economic opportunity for all. He promotes social innovation for community organizations as a means of sustaining vital programs and services. Dr. Jackson is a lifelong advocate for the disenfranchised, and a supporter of gender equality and racial harmony. Dr. Jackson’s commitment to community has helped the citizens of Ontario meet the challenges of today and prepare for those of the future.”
“Professor Jackson is the epitome of generosity,” says Carleton President Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “His dedication to the community, his creativity and energy are inspiring and have resulted in significant opportunities for individuals and groups to improve their socio-economic conditions. He is an educator who creates dynamic partnerships with the business community to advance a serious agenda of change.”
Professor Jackson is the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) in Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs, and a specialist in regional development, social enterprise and community-based research.
“I’m thrilled and humbled by this award,” says Jackson. “I believe it underscores the importance of connecting universities with communities, especially in these times.”
Among his responsibilities at Carleton, Professor Jackson chairs the university-wide Initiative for Community-University Engagement, which works to strengthen Carleton’s linkages to local institutions through teaching, research and volunteering. He also is a key member of national networks on community-based research, community-service learning, social enterprise and social investing. Born in Ottawa, he has won awards for his work in graduate teaching and program evaluation, as well as for his earlier involvement in international development in Africa.
“We need the best knowledge we can mobilize to solve today’s complex problems,” adds Jackson. “Whether it is poverty, unemployment or pollution, the most effective solutions come from citizens and researchers pooling their expertise and experience.”
Professor Ted Jackson, Recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship with Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship.
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