REGINA — Jean Mahoney of Regina added another honour to her list of honours as the third recipient of the St. Edmund Campion Medal, awarded to her at the annual convocation exercises held June 8 at Campion College.
The medal is awarded to an individual whose life and activities have exemplified in an outstanding way the service of faith and promotion of justice ideals championed by St. Edmund Campion and embedded in the Jesuit philosophy of education at Campion College.
Mahoney, a registered nurse, is well-known throughout Saskatchewan for her many accomplishments and contributions to charitable and volunteer organizations locally, provincially and nationally. She has held senior executive positions in the Catholic Women’s League and the Catholic Health Association, and currently serves on the board of directors for Santa Maria Senior Care Home.
After receiving the award, Mahoney addressed the graduands and encouraged them to use their gifts for the benefit of society. Using her own experience as an example, she told them that they would likely accomplish many more things than what their education had prepared them for.
“I encourage you to use some of your precious time to volunteerism. It is a work of the heart — not a business, but a service. In each day and in many ways our hands touch the suffering Body of Christ in those we serve. This is a great responsibility, very worthy of your consideration. Each of you has received special grace, so like good stewards responsible for all those different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others.”
She urged them to look beyond their own interests and be contributors to society: “You each have much to offer. I challenge you to take your place in community enrichment.”
Campion College is a federated college of the University of Regina. All 72 Campion grads received their degrees and certificates from the University of Regina at the fall convocation exercises.