Lloyd Axworthy staged significant revitalization projects during his tenure as University of Winnipeg president, and now he has a stage named in his honour.

Saigon Park Community Stage on Ellice Avenue at Spence Street has been renamed the Axworthy Community Stage.

Lloyd Axworthy

Outgoing U of W president Lloyd Axworthy is retiring at the end of this week and has accepted the role as first chancellor of St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo. (CBC)

"The University of Winnipeg has deep roots in the inner city and West End neighbourhoods which are among the most diverse communities in Canada, and Saigon Park reflects and values this global village feeling," said Axworthy, who has been president at the U of W  since 2004.

"It is my deep honour to be associated with this park.” 

He is retiring at the end of this week from the U of W and has accepted the role as first chancellor of St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo.

Axworthy stage

The Axworthy Community Stage was unveiled on Monday. (CBC)

“Dr. Axworthy’s work is his legacy, and his work at The University of Winnipeg and in the surrounding community has made a significant and positive impact on the West End,” said Mayor Sam Katz.

“The City of Winnipeg is pleased to honour him in the community he cares so greatly about, and it is fitting that his legacy should live on in the Axworthy Community Stage at Saigon Park, a place where the community gathers.”

Added Gloria Cardwell Hoeppner, executive director of the West End Biz: “Dr. Axworthy’s significant legacy at The University of Winnipeg transformed not only the face of the West End, he also genuinely cared about the community and the people who live and work here.

“Dr. Axworthy ensured the University was a supportive and valued community partner, and worked to make education more accessible to everyone. This stage stands as a lasting legacy of his important achievements and we are so pleased to honour him in this way.”