Alumnae honoured for excellence in teaching

Alumnae Erica Thompson (MEd’15) and Andrea Regier (BEd’01) were two of 11 teachers honoured at the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in Ottawa. The award honours exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy.

Andrea Regier (BEd’01) (photo: Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Regier is a teacher at Bishop James Mahoney High School in Saskatoon. From creative games and music in the classroom, to challenging educational experiences in state of the art research facilities; Regier was recognized for helping her students reach great heights.

Thompson’s background of feminist literature and Indigenous land-based education influences her teaching style. She creates problem-solving activities while honouring and validating the knowledge of the community in order to reach curricular outcomes. Thompson currently works at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories.

Read more on Erica Thompson’s and Andrea Regier’s special recognition.

Emmett Hall inducted to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

A late Supreme Court justice and former University of Saskatchewan chancellor and alumnus was honoured with an induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Born in Montreal in 1898, Emmett Hall (LLB’19, DCL’64) completed his law degree at the University of Saskatchewan and later served as Chief Justice of the province (appeal division) before his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1962. In 1961, at the request of the Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, Justice Hall led the Royal Commission on Health Services, interviewing hundreds of witnesses in public hearings, bringing attention to the challenges faced by ordinary men and women living with illness or injury.

Emmett Hall

Hall was active and influential in many major issues including Indigenous rights, equal access to health care and the rights of the disabled. When challenged by opponents who believed expanded health care was too expensive, he responded, “The only thing more expensive than good health care is no health care.”

Following his career in law, Hall served as chancellor of the U of S from 1979–1986. He passed away in 1995.

Read more at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website.

Alumni Highlights: Nicole Callihoo

For May’s Alumni Highlights series, we spoke with Nicole Callihoo (MPA’14), a graduate of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS). Nicole currently serves as the program director for the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund in Ottawa, ON. Nicole established the All My Relations Award for students enrolled in the JSGS Master of Public Administration program.

David Stobbe / Stobbe Photography

Tell us about the campus when you went to the U of S; how is it different today?

I attended U of S from 2012 to 2014. I don’t think much has changed since I left. The newness of fall always brought me happiness; walking on campus during the first few weeks on a new school year found me content to learn new things a new adventure and a feeling of privilege to be in an academic setting. Walking through the Bowl with the change of the season and leaves bright with color was a great feeling.

What’s one of your favourite memories you had outside of the classroom?

I was involved with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council; very involved on campus. It was great to be part of a community on campus and come together to discuss issues on campus with opportunity to build friendships with other graduate students. I was part of the GSA and the planning of the first GSA awards gala. It was so nice to be a part of the student community on campus.

Overall, how was your U of S experience?

U of S was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot and was provided with so many opportunities as a result of my time in campus. The time is spent at U of S was the most important investment for me.

How did going to the U of S shape your career?

I am currently the program director at the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund. Obtaining my Masters in Public Administration really boosted my confidence and my career. As the program director, I have the opportunity to build and provide support to First Nation communities in their pursuit of language retention and cultural knowledge. This position at the NIB Trust Fund is very humbling and any opportunity to positively affect our communities drives my passion.

What did you wish you would have known on your first day at the U of S?

I really wanted to meet more Indigenous graduate students.

Check in for monthly Q&As with alumni from all the U of S colleges, as talk about their life after the U of S and how being on this campus shaped their careers. In case you missed any previous features, you can read them here.