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Kambeitz recognized for contributions to Catholic education

By Frank Flegel


SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Sister Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, began her involvement in Catholic education 56 years ago with her first teaching job in Tramping Lake, Sask., where she stayed for three years. Between 1959 and 1989 she moved to Saskatoon, taught grade levels 8 - 12, became a principal but spent most of her time at Holy Cross High School teaching Christian Ethics. She obtained her arts and education degrees, a master of education degree in 1986 and two years later her doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

She accepted the position of director and taught in the Religion Education degree program at Newman Theological, Edmonton, and most recently led the establishment of a Newman Theological College master of education degree program in Saskatoon. She continues her contributions to Catholic education as a member of Newman Theological College and St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. She was instrumental in getting the University of Saskatchewan to include credit courses in Catholic education in the faculty of education undergraduate program and successfully advocated for changes to the Saskatchewan teacher certification process to accept master’s degrees in religious education for certification and salary purposes.

For all of this service, Kambeitz was awarded the Julian Paslawski Meritorious Award at the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association Annual General Meeting and conference held October 24 - 26 in Swift Current. Julian Paslawski, who established the award after his retirement as executive director of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA), personally presented the award.

“The depth of service, faith and leadership that Sister Teresita has provided to Catholic education during her long tenure of service has left an indelible and significant impact,” said the document that accompanied her award.

Delmer Wagner was this year’s recipient of the SCSBA Appreciation Award, recognizing his 30 years as a teacher, principal and senior education administrator. During his career, Wagner wrote numerous articles about Catholic education that were published in various national and international journals. He was also a member of a group that developed an online clearing house for Saskatchewan educators to exchange ideas for lesson plans and activities, and wrote the modules on faith permeation for the SCSBA which also became an online resource for teachers. That project earned Wagner and the group he worked with The Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award at the National Catholic Education Association meeting in Atlantic City, NJ. He is also the recipient of the Annual Leadership Award presented by the Saskatchewan Council on Educational Administration.

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