November 3, 2010

Nov 3 2010 – Last night, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the St Paul’s High School community honoured Dr Peter B MacDonald ’76 with the Ignatian Challenge Award at the 17th Annual Tribute Dinner. 

Dr MacDonald, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon, humbly accepted the award during which he thanked the many people who provided inspiration and balance in his life - his wife, Sherry, and their children family, friends and colleagues.    Dr MacDonald thanked his mentors during his time at St Paul’s namely:  Mr George Dawson ’61, Mr Len Sitter ’61, Mr Larry Franz, Mr Richard Grover, Mr Ernie Ostermann ’57, Fr Emit McKenna, SJ, Fr Barry Connolly, SJ, Fr Luke Grimes, SJ, Fr John J Murray, SJ, Fr John Pungente, SJ, and the late Mr Nick Laping ’61 – all of whom helped develop Dr MacDonald to his full potential. 

Dr MacDonald also referenced previous Ignatian Challenge Award winner, Robert M Chipman ’44, and expanded on his first of “Twelve Precepts for Life” which states that “the winners in this world are those that give.”  Dr MacDonald interprets “giving” as giving time and experience to our youth which in turn will help them become engaged and travel down the right path.  As a father of three, Dr MacDonald urged people to mentor our youth – provide them with examples of excellence, critical thinking and discipline – key aspects in the formation of students at St Paul’s High School.

Dr MacDonald currently practices medicine in the role of Medical Director, Department of Surgery, at the Pan Am Clinic.  In addition, he is Head, Section of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba; Gibson Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and Research; Regional Leader, Section of Orthopedic Surgery for the WRHA Surgery Program; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies at the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute; and is the Head Team Physician and Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Blue Bombers respectively. 

Dr MacDonald is a member of many local and international associations and committees and has served on numerous Boards of Directors.  He is sought after globally for his expertise and excellence in his field.  He has given over 240 presentations worldwide, contributed to over 50 written publications and to date, has been the recipient of 48 research grants. 

Most notably, however, is Dr Peter MacDonald’s role in the development of the Pan Am Clinic.  Today’s Pan Am Clinic is a world class facility with a multidisciplinary and community-based model for healthcare.  It is certainly ahead of the curve thanks in large part to the leadership and vision of Dr MacDonald. 

Dr MacDonald attributes much of his success to his time at St Paul’s saying he “arrived as a boy and left as a man.” His St. Paul’s experience was very important as it shaped his frame of mind during those critical years, allowing him to develop values and beliefs that he retains to this day.  Today, as an alumnus, Dr MacDonald is very proud of his high school experience at what he calls “the best school in Manitoba” and Winnipeg’s “jewel.”  His burning desire to help support its legacy is evident in his continued benevolence to the school and its mission. 

The evening is an annual fundraising event in support of the St Paul’s High School Bursary Fund, an essential aspect of a Jesuit education at St Paul’s High School.  The D.I. & Peggy MacDonald Bursary (in honour of Dr MacDonald’s parents) was established as the primary beneficiary of the evening’s proceeds. 

Individual and corporate dinner sponsors added to the proceeds of the dinner.  Platinum level patrons contributing $10,000+ to the Bursary Fund included Paul’s Hauling Ltd, The Kleysen Family, Bob Puchniak ’65 & Family, Pierre L Campeau (Wellington West Financial), RBC Royal Bank and Dr Brian Hardy ’76.  Gold level patrons contributing $5,000+ included Qualico, WD Valve Boxes Ltd, Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Guertin Equipment Rental, Piston Ring, Johnson Waste Management, Banville & Jones Wine Co, DeLuca Fine Wines and AVW-TELAV.  A full list of Tribute Dinner Sponsors is included below. 

Additional funding for the Bursary Fund was raised through the 2010 RBC Dominion Securities Tribute Dinner Raffle.  This year’s prizes totaled over $30,000.  Tickets were $100 and raised an additional $65,800 for the Bursary Fund. 

Thank you to all dinner patrons and to the 2010 Tribute Dinner Sponsors:

PLATINUM - $10,000+

Paul’s Hauling Ltd

The Kleysen Family

Bob Puchniak ’65 & Family

Pierre L Campeau (Wellington West Financial)

RBC Royal Bank

Dr Brian Hardy ’76

GOLD - $5,000+


WD Valve Boxes Ltd

Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre

Guertin Equipment Rental

Piston Ring

Johnson Waste Management

Banville & Jones Wine Co

DeLuca Fine Wines


SILVER - $3,000+

Broadway Florists Ltd

James Richardson & Sons Ltd

National Leasing Group

Neptune Properties Ltd

Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd

Wildwood Transport Inc

Winnipeg Free Press

BRONZE - $2,000+

Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP

Auto Haus Volkswagen & Porsche

BCV Asset Management Inc

Bockstael Construction Ltd

Boes Ltd

Booth Dennehy LLP

Century 21 / Bachman & Associates - Cole Castelane

Charles & Fanny Shore & Family

Clarion Hotel & Suites

Claude & Sandra Lorange

Cornelia Bean Ltd

Creekside Physiotherapy

Dan Murray Chevrolet

Dawn McCance & Family

Dr Bert & Dr Sally Longstaffe & Family

Dr David & Patricia Hedden

Dr John McPherson Medical Corporation

Dr Michael Johnson

Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter

G J Vis Enterprises Inc

Hank & Elizabeth Vis

Health Sciences Centre - Section of Plastic Surgery

Innovative Medical Supply

Jesuits of Winnipeg

John Patterson '42

K9 Storm Inc

Kevin & Els Kavanagh

Liason Freight Services Ltd


MacDon Industries Ltd

Man-Shield Construction

Meyers Norris Penny

Monarch Industries Ltd

Pan Am Clinic Foundation

Parkwest Projects Ltd

Paul Mahon '81

Polar Bear Rubber

Procurity Pharmaceuticals

Quarry Physiotherapy

RBC Royal Bank

Royal Canadian Securities Ltd

Structural Composite Technologies Ltd

Synthes Canada

Terracon Development Inc

The Honourable Madame Justice Mary-Kate Harvie & Family

The Pollard Family Foundation

Wellington West Financial Services Inc

   Robert White, CLU, CFP Senior Vice-President

Winkler Meats

Winnipeg Building & Decorating Ltd

Winnipeg Convention Centre


RBC Dominion Securities

RBC Royal Bank

The Tolaini Family

The Burke Family

Nobel Savage Interiors

Winnipeg Convention Centre

Mr and Mrs D.I. and Peggy MacDonald’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren