SASKATOON — Five Holy Cross alumni were inducted into the Saskatoon Catholic high school’s Wall of Honour at an awards ceremony Sept. 22.
Addressing students and staff, inductees reminisced about their time at Holy Cross, thanked family members and teachers, and encouraged students to foster their God-given gifts and talents while forging their own path in life.
The diverse group of graduates will join 42 former students on the school’s Wall of Honour, established to recognize significant achievements of Holy Cross alumni.
“It’s a privilege to welcome our graduates and honour them this way,” said principal Lisa Hodson. “It sends a strong message to our students that they, too, can accomplish great things and make a difference in their community.”
This year’s inductees have diverse backgrounds and a range of accomplishment.
Robert Enright (1963 - 67), is a research professor and fine arts critic, who was recognized for his contributions to the academic and art communities. The valedictorian of Holy Cross’s first graduating class planned on pursuing law after earning a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, but found his calling in the arts as a cultural affairs journalist for print, radio and television. He was founding editor and senior contributing editor of Border Crossings, an acclaimed arts magazine. Enright has curated exhibits at several galleries across Canada and in Europe, and currently teaches in the graduate program at the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music. Enright’s accomplishments have been recognized in many ways, including being named a member of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Tom Hack (1976 - 80) is a clinical psychologist and cancer researcher, recognized for his leadership in advancing patient care in cancer treatment. After obtaining degrees from the universities of Saskatchewan, Calgary and Manitoba, and interning at Harvard Medical School, Hack continued as a professor at the University of Manitoba, teaching psychology, family medicine, clinical health psychology and nursing. As a researcher, he has examined communications between patients and health professionals. Findings of his research into providing patients with audio recordings of treatment consultations is being applied in clinical settings across Canada and abroad, and is becoming a standard for the mental well-being of cancer patients.
Trevor Herriot (1972 - 76) is a naturalist and writer, recognized for his contributions to environmental issues in the media and literature. Herriot honed his craft as a writer while pursuing an English degree at the University of Saskatchewan, then as a corporate writer for SaskTel. He now writes about connections between culture and nature on the prairies. In addition to published books (a fifth will come out in October), Herriot has written for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic and Nature Canada. He is also a regular on CBC Radio’s Blue Sky. He has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, and has recently added The Kloppenburg Award to his list of accomplishments.
Keith Martell (1976 - 80), is the CEO for First Nations Bank of Canada, and is recognized for his leadership in delivering financial services for indigenous peoples and his contributions to the business community. Originally from the Waterhen Lake First Nation, Martell earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. After working with KPMG and FSIN, Martell was instrumental in the formation of the First Nations Bank of Canada. The Saskatoon-based bank offers a full range of personal and business banking services with a focus on indigenous customers. Martell serves or has served on many boards and advisory bodies and is currently on PotashCorp’s board of directors
Jerry McHale (1963 - 67), is a professor of law, recognized for his contributions to law and public policy, particularly in the area of family and child welfare. McHale earned degrees from the universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto and Alberta, was a partner in the Victoria law firm of Cardinal Edgar Emberton & MaCaulay. He then shifted to public service, working in a variety of roles in the BC Ministry of Justice and Legal Services. He has managed several areas, including policy relating to civil and family justice services in the courts, maintenance enforcement, and alternative dispute resolution. McHale has held various academic positions, and has received a variety of awards recognizing his contribution to the legal profession.