Brock leaders welcome Cheechoo to a second term as Chancellor

Canadian writer, director and filmmaker Shirley Cheechoo has been appointed to a second term as Chancellor of Brock University.

Cheechoo, whose initial three-year term was to expire this fall, was re-elected to the ceremonial leadership role for a further two years by the University Senate, upon the recommendation of Brock President Gervan Fearon and following consultation with the Board of Trustees.

Fearon called Cheechoo a strong leader who connects students to the important role that Indigenous people have played in the development of the country, and also to how the arts can inspire people to find scope for leadership.

“The Chancellor has made enormous contributions to the University, and it has been an honour to have her renewal unanimously approved by our Senate and confirmed by our Board,” said Fearon.

“She contributes to Brock’s priorities to advance community engagement and post-secondary opportunities across Niagara and beyond, plays an important role in inspiring the establishment of a new position for a Vice-Provost for Indigenous Engagement, and continues to support the building of capacity and understanding for indigenizing the University.”

Senate Chair David Whitehead said Cheechoo’s presence on campus brings Brock’s values of inclusiveness and diversity to life at the highest levels of the University.