Ambassador Gary Doer ’66 Announced as 2011 Ignatian Challenge Award Recipient
Release Date 7 March 2011, St Paul’s High School, News Release
St Paul’s High School, an independent Catholic School operated by the Jesuits in English Canada with a emphasis on academic excellence and the growth of the whole person in preparing young men for post-secondary education and leadership in the community, is delighted to announce His Excellency Gary Doer ’66, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America, as the recipient of the 2011 Ignatian Challenge Award.
“It is a pleasure to announce His Excellency Ambassador Gary Doer as this year’s Ignatian Award Recipient” says Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, President of St Paul’s High School. “In his leadership role as Premier of Manitoba for ten years and today as Ambassador, Gary Doer advocates for and represents what it means to be Canadian and the ideals that make us a strong and globally respected country. Ambassador Doer is, in the literal sense, a Man for Others.”
During his time as Premier of Manitoba he won three consecutive elections with successive increased majorities. His government introduced balanced budgets while reducing taxes. He worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy. His tenure included strategic investments in health care, education, training and infrastructure. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change.
The Ignatian Challenge Award will be presented to Ambassador Doer at a formal dinner in Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011. The award recognizes individuals within our community who embrace the ideals of St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and who reflect the characteristics and qualities inherent in a Jesuit education at St Paul's High School. Award recipients, through their leadership and commitment to service, become examples for our students of a lived faith and philosophy of becoming Men and Women for Others.
Ambassador Doer joins past recipients including Dr Arthur Mauro, Mr Paul Albrechtsen, Dr Michael Phelps ’63, Mr & Mrs Kevin and Els Kavanagh, Mr Gregg Hanson ’69, Fr Joseph Driscoll SJ, Dr Angus Reid ’65, Mr & Mrs Richard and Kathryn Bracken, Mr Joe Stangl, Dr William Norrie, Mr Robert Puchniak ’65, Mr & Mrs Gary and Janice Filmon, Mr Robert Chipman ’44, Mr James Tennant ’66, Mr Hubert Kleysen, Dr EmÅ‘ke Szathmáry and last year’s recipient Dr Peter MacDonald ’76. The event is an annual fundraiser for the St Paul’s High School Bursary Fund that provides need-based tuition assistance to current students.
To arrange an interview with Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, President of St Paul’s High School, please call (204) 831-2312.