Distinguished grads to be honoured at alumni reception

Tim Siemens (BA ’90) knows the importance of not only providing seniors the care they deserve, but also recognizing the role they once played as the farmers, teachers and hard-working members of society that helped to shape the next generation.

After almost two decades as an administrator for Pleasant Manor and Tabor Manor care facilities, the Brock alumnus still speaks passionately about working with seniors in the community.

Siemens’ outstanding leadership in the health-care field, as well as his commitment to his alma mater, has earned him the inaugural Brock University Alumni Association Community Engagement Award.

“It is an absolute honour to receive this award from the Alumni Association as my education from Brock University built a strong foundation for my academic career and helped shape who I am today,” Siemens said after learning the news.

He began studying sociology at Brock in 1986, pursuing his interest in aging and the study of gerontology. With Canada’s aging population of baby boomers on track to create a ‘Silver Tsunami,’ Siemens wanted to ensure proper care was in place for the country’s oldest residents.

“It was always my goal to create an enriching presence and culture for each individual — resident, employee, volunteer and community member — that walks through the doors of the homes I manage through the rich programming we offer,” he said.

Recognized as a leader in his field locally, provincially and nationally, Siemens’ approach to care for seniors is leading edge and the homes that he operates have been recognized for their best practices.

He has also demonstrated his commitment to Brock University through regular speaking engagements in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and mentorship opportunities for students looking for career guidance in his field.

Siemens is proud to employ many Brock graduates as nurses, personal support workers and therapeutic recreationists.

The Brock University Alumni Association will present Siemens with the Alumni Community Engagement Award on Saturday, Sept. 16 during the Alumni Recognition Reception held as part of Homecoming weekend.

He will be joined by several other outstanding alumni also being recognized for their achievements and ongoing connection to Brock.

Siemens is a proud second-generation Brock graduate. His father, Rudy, was part of Brock’s first-ever graduating class in 1967 — a group that is celebrating its golden anniversary this weekend.

During the reception, members of the Class of ’67 will each be presented with a gold cameo pin featuring the silhouette of University namesake, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.

Awards to be presented at the Alumni Recognition Reception


Brock University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • Lilian Tomovich (BA ’89) — Exemplifying the spirit of Brock as a creative and passionate trailblazer.

Brock University Alumni Association Award for Community Engagement:

  • Tim Siemens (BA ’90) — An outstanding community member who enriches the lives of others.

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Graduate Award:

  • Jeff Dykeman (BSM ’05) — A passionate leader and mentor in the sport industry.

Faculty of Education Distinguished Graduate Award

  • Steffanie Bjorgan (BA ’90, BEd ’90) — Dedicated to advocacy and education for children in the Niagara region.

Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate Awards

  • Joanne McKee (BAdmin ’86) — A passionate administrator dedicated to serving post-secondary education.
  • Martin Philp (BAdmin ’80, MA ’86) — A renowned business leader passionately supporting Goodman students.

Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Graduate Award

  • Sarah Argue (BA ’06) — A passionate creator and celebrated performer.

Faculty of Mathematics and Science Distinguished Graduate Award

  • Tony Abou-Assaleh (BSc ’01) — An innovative entrepreneur and intuitive researcher

Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Graduate Award

  • Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry (BA ’00) — Inspiring indigenous youth through sport and culture

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