Andrea McCluskey

Andrea McCluskey
Andrea McCluskey in ICIE Conference
Andrea McCluskey’s untiring work in breaking down barriers to post-secondary education over the past 15 years at The University of Winnipeg has helped to dramatically increase enrolment by First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. Today these populations represent approximately 12% of the UWinnipeg student body, among the highest rates in Canada.
As the Manager of Micro-Communities, leading both the Aboriginal Student Services Centre and International Student Services, McCluskey has a particular gift in creating a welcoming, safe and supportive “home away from home” for students who are navigating the new and unfamiliar university world. Her quiet strength and open-door policy foster a seamless student service experience, incorporating academic supports as well as holistic, cultural and spiritual accommodations aimed at ensuring individual student success.
McCluskey is also a talented quilt maker. She volunteers her time teaching the art to students — using this opportunity to build community, talk about education, provide guidance and impart knowledge far beyond quilting.  She donates many of her exquisite star blankets as gifts to visiting dignitaries, such as the Governor General of Canada, and to support UWinnipeg’s fundraising dinners. From humble Metis beginnings, McCluskey has never forgotten her roots and is an authentic and caring role model to both students and staff. 
McCluskey spearheaded numerous programs to support some of the most vulnerable populations, including at-risk youth, incarcerated individuals, and high school drop-outs. She is also an experienced facilitator for a number of internationally-acclaimed projects, including Lost Prizes and Northern Lights, aimed at supporting at-risk Aboriginal youth. She has contributed several articles and chapters about these initiatives, and is co-author, with her husband Dr. Ken McCluskey, of the best-selling book Understanding ADHD: Our Personal Journey.
For her deep kindness and commitment to supporting each and every student in a meaningful way, The University of Winnipeg honours Andrea McCluskey with The Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Ken McCluskey
Dr. Ken McCluskey, Dean and Professor of Education at the University of Winnipeg, is known internationally for his work in several areas, including mentoring, ADHD, gifted education, and at-risk children and youth (where his Lost Prizes and related projects serve as models worldwide for those interested in identifying and developing the talents of marginalized young people). Before becoming a Professor (in 1998), Associate Dean (in 2003), and Dean of Education (in 2005) at U of W, Ken had 25 years experience as a psychologist, special educator, and administrator in the public school system. He has received major program development, creativity, distinguished service, and publication awards from the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children, the International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE), the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, and Reclaiming Youth International (along with his institution's teaching, research, governance, and community service awards). A popular keynote and invited speaker, Ken has written well over 100 professional articles and chapters, and is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 books, including Mentoring for Talent Development, Understanding ADHD: Our Personal Journey, and Lost Prizes: Identifying and Developing the Talents of Marginalized Populations.