Longtime Board of Governors member Don Yeomans received the university’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2000 and was awarded an honorary degree “in recognition of outstanding contributions to Carleton University and a distinguished career of public service in the Canadian federal government” in 2008.
He joined Carleton’s board in 1980 and served for some 13 years, including two years as chair. During this period he chaired the audit, finance and nominating committees, and served on the university’s building program, personnel and university relations committees. In addition, he was a member of the Commission on Carleton’s Second Half Century, served on the University Senate and was a member of the Board of the Carleton University Development Corporation.
Yeomans retired from the public service in 1993 after serving more than 30 years in a variety of posts including commissioner of Corrections, chairman of the Tariff Board and his late position as a special advisor to Justice David Marshall, executive director of the Canadian Judicial Council. After retirement, Yeomans continued to serve the board and the university as a member of the audit, finance and strategic planning committees.