UNB Alumnus Earns CIS Pearson Award

UNB Alumnus Earns CIS Pearson Award

(TORONTO, ON) Former UNB basketball and rugby player Michael Sherrard has been honoured by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

He was presented with the L.B. “Mike” Pearson Award, at this week’s CIS annual general meeting, in Toronto.

Sherrard was unable to attend the ceremony. His wife, Rhonda Cohen, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Pearson Award is given to a distinguished Canadian citizen who, having participated in interuniversity athletics, has continued to exemplify the ideals and purposes of interuniversity athletics and amateur sport.

During the 1980s, Sherrard played basketball and rugby while attending law school UNB. He even served, briefly, as the coach of the basketball team.

Now co-leading one of the country’s top labour and employment law firms, Sherrard remains a staunch supporter of CIS student-athletes, and UNB in particular.

He’s backed the CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian program, a unique opportunity for two athlete representatives from each conference who have maintained an average of 80 percent or better, to be honoured by the Governor General.

In addition, Sherrard continues to support the UNB men’s basketball program and its recruiting efforts, which was recognized with the Alumni Award of Distinction in 2010.

Sherrard Kuzz LLP also provides legal services to the CIS, and offers the Sherrard Kuzz Scholarship, at UNB. That program pays a $2000 award to a student entering second-year law who is enrolled in at least one course in the labour/employment field.

Others honoured by the CIS on Wednesday include newly retired former Wilfrid Laurier University men’s basketball coach Peter Campbell, Calgary Sun/Herald reporter Rita Mingo, and long-time Universitie de Laval athletic director and football visionary Gilles D’Amboise.

Campbell was given the Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award, which was presented to Varsity Reds hockey coach Gardiner MacDougall in 2015.

“On behalf of the entire CIS membership, in particular our 12,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches, I wish to congratulate our 2016 award recipients,” said Graham Brown, chief executive officer of CIS. “Each of them exemplify passion and leadership in university sport, and we are honoured to show them our sincere appreciation.”