Brandon University 2013 Senate Award
William Hillman
Lifetime Achievement Award
In 1961, William "Bill" Hillman enrolled in the BSc program at Brandon College. Shortly after moving into the Men's Residence, he gave his first musical performance in the city on a flatbed float during the Brandon College 'Freshie' Parade. The twin paths of education and entertainment were set.

Over the next 50 years, Bill and his wife Sue-On would perform for countless audiences earning the 1979 Manitoba Music Entertainers of the Year Award for Country Music. Their musical repertoire included rock 'n' roll, country, big band, folk, western, old time, rock, bluegrass, pop, gospel, Cajun and even original music.

Bill graduated with a Silver Medal and a BSc degree in geography and later became the first Canadian student to earn an MEd at BU in 1991. While teaching with the Faculty of Education,he worked with former BU professor John Tyman to compile the massive online "Cultures in Context" resource, featuring thousands of notated photos (

Bill has volunteered countless hours to organizations including the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, XII Manitoba Dragoons, Brandon Mental Health Centre, Westman Chinese Association, as well as events for First Nations, music, culture and education.

Bill retired in 2011 as an Assistant Professor with the Brandon University Faculty of Education.

Presented at the May 31, 2013 Convocation

Bill receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award 
from Brandon University President, Dr. Deborah Poff.
Bill Hillman and BU president Deborah Poff 
at the annual convocation ceremony.
Canada's preeminent TV journalist  Lloyd Robertson 
and Bill Hillman before the convocation ceremony.
Lloyd Robertson with his Honorary Doctorate and
Bill Hillman with his Lifetime Achievement Award 
at the Brandon University Convocation.
Mrs. Nancy Robertson and Sue-On
Sharing tales about their hubbies.
The Hillmans ~ A Brandon University Family

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