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STM honours distinguished alumni

By Karen Massett


SASKATOON — The Annual November Corporation event at St. Thomas More College (STM) in Saskatoon is also the occasion to honour distinguished STM alumni, selected from submitted nominations.

The STM Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded annually to a female and a male graduate of STM whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have been outstanding, who have made a significant contribution to their community, and who have continued to celebrate their relationship with STM since their graduation.

This year’s recipients were Sister Irene Poelzer and Dr. Jim Dosman, examples of individuals whose life-work and commitment reflect the values and benefits of the education they received from the federated Catholic college at the University of Saskatchewan.Poelzer arrived on the University of Saskatchewan campus in 1947. After graduating from STM, she received her BEd in 1964. She then went on to complete her MA through the College of Education in 1969 Her thesis was entitled Henry Carr, CSB, 1880-1963, Canadian Educator.

The majority of Poelzer’s career was served as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education. She is considered a pioneer in the field of feminist scholarship in Western Canada. Along the way, she and good friend Margaret Dutli, co-founded Friends of Sophia, an interdenominational group of women dedicated to nurturing Christian feminist spirituality.

As a faculty member and leader on the University of Saskatchewan campus, Poelzer has commanded great influence, and her support and commitment to the college remains steadfast over many years. She was awarded the St. Thomas More Medal in 1994.

Dosman was recognized as STM’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus for his commitment to respiratory medicine, research, public health of rural populations, agricultural and rural environmental exposures, community development and mentorship work that has had a profound impact within Saskatchewan and around the world.

Dosman began his relationship with STM in 1957; he became actively involved in the college and was elected president of the STM student body in 1958. He was admitted into the U of S College of Medicine in the fall of 1959, and graduated with his MD in 1963. He completed his internship at St. Paul’s Hospital and then established a successful family practice in Saskatoon.

Dosman’s interest in medicine then took him to McGill University in Montreal, where he completed his residency in internal medicine, as well as respiratory medicine. Returning to Saskatoon in 1975, he became the founding head of the Division of Respiratory Medicine, College of Medicine, at the University of Saskatchewan.

As a devoted, accomplished and world renowned pioneer in agricultural medicine, Dosman has also received other accolades over the years, which include the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and being named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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