While he does not seek recognition for his community service, Senator Don Meredith said he’s humbled by his recent appointment as a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College.
Located in British Columbia, New Westminster is a private academic institution specializing in executive education, English as a Second Language and professional training programs tailored to the needs of executives, entrepreneurs, students and adult learners.
The Fellowship is the college’s highest honour recognizing individuals that demonstrate leadership in their spheres of influence. Distinguished Fellows serve as global advocates for the advancement of the college’s reputation.
“I accept this honour on behalf of the countless volunteers who continue to work alongside me to end youth violence,” said Meredith. “The Fellowship motivates me to push on to find solutions to make our communities safer.”
New Westminster’s president Robert Goodwin III said the college’s board of governors is very honoured to have Meredith in their company.
“His distinguished record of ethical leadership and dedication to improving the lives of Canadians is most admirable and is in perfect alignment with the leadership philosophy, mission and vision of Westminster College,” said Goodwin who also chairs the board. “Our governors and global network of Fellows in 65 countries welcome Senator Meredith to our growing college and look forward to working with him for the innovative delivery of world-class executive programs in leadership and diplomacy.”
Appointed Canada’s fourth Black senator in December 2010, Jamaican-born Meredith owns Donscape Landscaping and is an ordained evangelical minister and volunteer pastor at Pentecostal Praise Centre Ministries in Maple. He co-founded the Greater Toronto Area Faith Alliance and served as co-chair of the Black Community Police Consultative Committee and a member of the York Region Police Chief’s advisory council, the Toronto Police Service Chief’s Advisory Committee and the B’Nai Brith Canada Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights.
Meredith is the recipient of several honours, including the Harry Jerome Youth Advocacy, Nelson Mandela Humanitarian, Les Chevaliers de France and the Urban Leadership awards.