LONDON – Patricia Kitchen, Wilfrid Laurier’s Associate Director of Recreation and Facilities was honoured Friday evening at the University of Western Ontario’s 34th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner.
Kitchen was named a recipient of the Women’s Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award with a group of three others. The award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to Women’s Athletics at Western as athletes, coaches or administrators.
"It is a special honour to receive this award and be in the company of so many remarkable women who were outstanding student athletes and who after graduation have made significant contributions to sport and recreation in Canada,” commented an enthused PAT KITCHEN
at the event. “My experiences at Western instilled in me the value of sport, recreation and active living to society and health and began a lifelong commitment to sport and recreation.”
Pat has had a long history in sport. As an athlete she was a swimmer who won the individual CIAU (national) championship in both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke for the Mustangs while achieving three degrees including two bachelor degrees and a masters, and currently stays active as a triathlon athlete in the masters division.
After her academic career at Western, Pat returned to UWO as the chairperson of Campus Recreation from 1995 to 2002. After, she continued her administrative role at George Brown College as the Director of Athletics before coming to Laurier in 2005 as Associate Director of Recreation and Facilities.
Pat also has stayed involved with the pool post-school as part of the Life Saving Society, Ontario branch as a president, past-president as well as the team manager of the Canadian Life Saving team.