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Award of Honour 2016 recipient named

W Klempa pictureThe Knox College Former Residents’ Association (KNOXFRA) has announced the Reverend Dr. William J. Klempa as this year’s KNOXFRA Award of Honour recipient. Dr. Klempa lived in the Knox Residence in the 1950s while completing his bachelor of Divinity and doctor of Divinity degrees from Knox College. He also studied under notables in the U.S. and Europe as one of the first recipients of a Canada Council Research Fellowship.

Dr. Klempa has made impressive contributions to The Presbyterian Church in Canada as a pastor, educator, author, and administrator. As a minister in the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Klempa undertook pastoral duties across Canada; he also served as principal of Presbyterian College in Montreal for two decades. He has earned an international reputation for his contribution to Presbyterian scholarship as a prolific writer of columns, essays, and books.

Since 1915, the Knox College Residence has been a vibrant “home away from home” for many generations of outstanding students; these students have gone on to passionately engage in their professions and have become leaders in their fields. The KNOXFRA Award of Honour pays tribute to former Knox residents by publicly recognizing their unique and outstanding service and accomplishments. The award connects current residents to the legacy they share with former residents.

A group from Rosedale Presbyterian Church (Toronto) nominated Dr. Klempa in the category of public, community, and business leadership. They note that he has been personable and down-to-earth throughout his distinguished career as pastor, educator, author, and administrator.

Dr. Klempa will receive the award at the annual KNOXFRA Dinner, November 5, 2016; more information here.

KNOXFRA Award of Honour nominees may be recognized in: innovation; public, community, and business leadership; arts, literature, and athletics; mission and international development; or philanthropy. Honorees’ names are displayed on the KNOXFRA Wall of Honour, located in the St. George Street foyer of Knox College, Toronto. KNOXFRA formed in 1988 to develop and maintain long-lasting friendship among residents and the broader Knox College community.

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