Strinivasan Reddy is a fighter. Throughout his forty-two year career as an educator working in five countries, he fought for social justice and peace by combating racism. He is a rebel and defender honoured today by his alma mater.
Mr. Reddy began teaching in 1956 in South Africa's Natal Province. In 1962 he moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to teach for two years before he became the Assistant Principal and Chief Examiner at a boarding school in Zambia. He later moved to London, England, to teach for one year before arriving in The Pas, Manitoba, where he was a teacher and administrator with Kelsey School Division as well as coordinator of Brandon University's Northern Teacher Education Program. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education Administration. After earning his master's in 1979 he became a consultant for English as a Second Language with Manitoba Education, working mainly in northern Aboriginal communities. He then went on to work in Frontier School Division where, in 1985, he became the first ever Chief Superintendent of that Division. In 1992, he taught for Brandon University and in 1993 he took the post of Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.
Mr. Reddy continues to work with community organizations to improve education and combat child poverty. Until the program ended last year, he was Manitoba Coordinator for Project Love, which annually sent upwards of 15,000 kits of basic school supplies to students in the most poverty-stricken countries in Africa. He is Chair of the South Africa Education Support Committee, which conducts annual fundraising activities in support of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a co-founder of the Summer Learning Enrichment Program for Winnipeg's inner-city children. This free program operates five days a week for five weeks during the summer months, providing food, cultural enrichment and education to children.
Mr. Reddy is Past Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, for whom he still volunteers, and from 2004 until 2007, he served on the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors.
His life's work has earned him awards from numerous education organizations including the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education, and in 2000, he was named a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
Mr. Reddy is a champion of social justice, racial understanding, literacy, and poverty reduction. And he has not stopped working. The University of Manitoba is proud to award its distinguished alumnus, Mr. Strinivasan Reddy, with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.