The Canadian Red Cross will present its annual Manitoba Humanitarian of the Year award to Lloyd Axworthy.

“The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to recognize Lloyd Axworthy, a notable Manitoban who has spent much of his life working on various human rights issues across the globe,” said Shawn Feely, vice-president of the Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba and Nunavut chapters in a release. “He has shown how you can make a difference both globally and locally by harnessing the power of humanity.”

Axworthy is a former federal cabinet minister, and president at the University of Winnipeg. 

For the past three years, Axworthy has also served as the chair of the board of directors of Cuso International, a Canadian-based development organization focused on reducing global poverty and inequality. 

“As chair, Axworthy has led the board to broaden its scope to include a Canadian focus on working to reduce poverty in Indigenous communities,” said the Canadian Red Cross in a release. 

Axworthy will be honoured at the annual Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity Luncheon on Sept. 7, at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel. 

He will be the seventh Manitoban to receive the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award. Past recipients include Shahina Siddiqui, Gail Asper, Larry McIntosh, Albert El Tassi and Susan Lewis.