The Profession

The College of Education’s pinning ceremony is an opportunity for all teacher candidates, partners, and college alumni to acknowledge as a group, the teacher’s deep commitment to the profession and the critical relationships that exist between the teacher and student, family, community, and society.

Through this ceremony, we come together in solidarity, in community, and in mutual support of a noble purpose, of hard work, and of a profound commitment to a cause far larger than ourselves.

The pinning ceremony was designed to acknowledge the significant role of educators in our communities, and to do that, students, faculty, alumni, and dignitaries come together in solidarity, in community, and in mutual support of the teacher's work and of one another. Students of the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Saskatchewan receive this pin at the beginning of their third year.  As alumni of this program, you are invited to reaffirm your commitment to the profession by taking the oath and receiving a pin at any of our annual student or alumni ceremonies.  

For more information on the pinning ceremony, click here.

Wall of Honour

2016 Honourees

  • Charlene Dobmeier, BEd'80
  • Maureen Haddock, BEd'70
  • Velma Illasiak, MEd'10
  • Sylvia Weenie, BEd'96
  • Dale Yellowlees, BEd'69

2015 Honourees

  • Kendal Netmaker, BEd'11
  • Karin Lofstrom, BEd'85
  • John Barton, MEd'87
  • Carol Greyeyes, BEd'88
  • Bernice Friesen, BEd'90

2014 Honourees

  • Robert Hinitt, BEd'52 
  • Lorraine Isinger, BEd'70 
  • Judy Warick, BEd'75 
  • Gord Dobrowolsky, BEd'75 
  • Simon Bird, BEd'03, MEd'11

2013 Honourees

  • Robert Barker, BEd'64 
  • Leah Dorion, BEd'94 
  • Jacquie Lavallee, BEd'02 
  • Rita Mirwald, Educ'67 
  • Glen Sorestad, BEd'63, MEd'76

2012 Honourees

  • Willie Desjardins, BEd'85 
  • Marguerite Gallaway, BEd'73 
  • Susan Lamb, BEd'78 
  • Frank Roy, BEd'53 
  • Delbert Wapass, BEd'95, MEd'10

2011 Honourees

  • Anthony Bidulka, BEd'91 
  • Dale Botting, BEd'77 
  • Lloyd Cenaiko, BEd'76 
  • Grit McCreath, BEd'91 
  • Fibbie Tatti, BEd'82

2010 Honourees

  • Robert Allen Kilpatrick, BEd'56 
  • Mary Houston, BEd'50 
  • Tania Miller, BMusEd'91

2009 Honourees

  • Dr Freda Ahenakew, BEd'79 
  • Fred Herron, BEd'69 
  • Dr Helen Horsman, PhD'95 
  • Dr Cecil King, BEd'73, MEd'75 
  • Dave King, BEd'72 
  • Ronald Kostyniuk, BEd'63 
  • The Hon Ken Krawetz, BEd'75 
  • Betty Anne Latrace-Henderson, BEd'80 
  • Sharon Maher, BEd'68 
  • Robert TF (Bob) Reid, BEd'71

2008 Honourees

  • Pat Atkinson, BEd'77 
  • Sharon Butala, BEd'62 
  • Blaine Favel, BEd'87 
  • The Hon Joseph Handley, BEd'68, MEd'70 
  • Betty-Ann Heggie, BEd'75 
  • Diane Jones Konihowski, BEd'75 
  • Gene Makowsky, BEd'97 
  • Ann McCaig, BEd'61 
  • Dave Rodney, BEd'88 
  • Lyle Vinish, BEd'78

2007 Honourees

  • Colette Bourgonje, BEd'85 
  • The Hon Dr Lynda Haverstock, BEd'72, MEd'77 
  • Dr Stirling McDowell, BEd'55, MEd'63 
  • Gary Merasty, BEd'91, MEd'03 
  • Barrie Wigmore, BEd'62

Find Your Grad Photo

You can browse through the College's collections of grad photo composites for each graduating class, or search for an individual photo.

Please note that only alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago are shown.

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Noted Alumni

Freda Ahenakew, OC, SOM, BEd'79, LLD'97 (d 2011)

Plains Cree is Freda Ahenakew's first language, but she also studied English and French. Since then, her works on the language, culture, and history of the Cree people range from classroom readers and workbooks used across the country to popular lectures, childrens books, and scholarly research papers on language and linguistics. By focusing on the transcription, analysis, and translation of traditional stories and autobiographical accounts, she has been able to prepare them for publication in Cree (with an English translation on facing pages) and in their original literary form. She is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished Aboriginal scholars in Canada.

Colette Bourgonje, BSPE'84, BEd'85

From being the first student in a wheelchair to graduate from the U of S with a degree in Physical Education, to winning bronze at the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy, Collette Bourgonje has always set her sights high. After a car accident in 1980, she focused her athletic determination on the emerging sport of sit-skiing. Her focus has led her to numerous national and world championships, as well as four Paralympic games at which she won a number of medals.

Sharon Butala, OC, BEd'62, BA'63, PGD'73, DLitt'04

Sharon Butala has lived in Saskatchewan nearly all her life. She trained as an English teacher, but studied special education and lectured in the College of Education at the U of S until 1976. She began writing in 1978, and has since published nine fiction and six non-fiction books. Her work has been consistently praised for giving an important voice to rural women and touching readers with her own spirituality and sense of place. She has been awarded the Marian Engel Prize, two honorary doctorates, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Sharon Capeling-Alakija OC, BEd'66, LLD'98 (d 2003)

Sharon Capeling-Alakija is truly a global citizen. She left Saskatchewan shortly after graduation to begin assignments with the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), teaching high school first in Barbados and then in Tanzania. In 1982, she moved to Togo where she served as CUSO's regional director, managing programs in Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nigeria. In 1989, she was appointed director of the United Nations Fund for Women and later became executive coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) program working with volunteers in the most remote parts of the globe.

Hon Lynda Haverstock, SOM, BEd'72, PGD'75, MEd'77, PhD'85

As a psychologist, educator, politician and author, Haverstock has devoted herself to improving the world in which she lives. Not only was she the first woman to be elected leader of a political party in Saskatchewan in 1989, she is also widely respected for establishing innovative education programs for disabled students and chronically truant adolescents. An impassioned supporter of the arts, good citizenship, preservation of heritage sites, as well as an ardent promoter of environmental stewardship, she served as Saskatchewan's 19th lieutenant governor.

Gary Hyland, CM, SVM, BA'62, Educ'63, BEd'64 (d 2011)

Gary Hyland is a Saskatchewan teacher, writer, and activist. In 1993, he was short listed for the National Magazine Gold Medal Poetry Award, and he has won numerous prizes in the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild annual competitions, including major poetry manuscript awards in 1991 and 1995, and the John V. Hicks Memorial Award in 2003. For contributions as a founder and leader in the arts, he has been recognized with an Honourary Doctor of Literature from the University of Regina, a province of Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor's Major Arts Award, and was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Diane Jones-Konihowski, CM, BEd'75, LLD'02

Diane Jones-Konihowski represented Canada in a variety of sporting events as a world-class athlete in the pentathlon. Born in Vancouver, BC, she was on the national track and field team for 16 years, made the Canadian Olympic team three times, ranked first in the world twice and was named Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1975 and 1978. She was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1978, named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and the Canadian Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

W David King, CM, BAPE'71, BEd'72

Dave King's first coaching job was as an assistant coach with the U of S Huskies. He would go on to coach at the Winter Olympics, in the National Hockey League and in the Russian Super League. As head coach of the Canadian national team, he won a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He was later hired by the Calgary Flames, and then moved to Montreal as the assistant coach of the Canadiens in 1997. Outside the NHL, King coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League and, as of 2006, was the head coach of the Swedish team Malmö Redhawks. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992, and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1997.

George E Lafond, BEd'85

An avid hockey player, coach, and fan, George Lafond was born and raised on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. After graduation, he went to work as a high school native dtudies and history teacher in Saskatoon. Keenly interested in Canadian business and politics, he became a special assistant to the federal minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and served as president of the Canada Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. From 1995-2002, he served as elected Chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council. He was appointed special advisor to the president on Aboriginal initiatives at the U of S in 2003, and has led a number of initiatives designed to create a strong sense of place for Aboriginal students on campus.

M Ann McCaig, CM, AOE, BEd'61

With a prestigious record of accomplishments in the not-for-profit and private sectors, McCaig is one of Canada's most prominent volunteers and advocates for youth, education, and health. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she began a prolific career as a volunteer in 1962, assisting the Lakeview United Church in establishing one of the first group homes for troubled youth in Regina. After moving to Calgary in 1970, she continued to serve in a variety of volunteer positions. She later joined the University of Calgary's Board of Governors, a position she held for a decade before becoming the U of C's Chancellor in 1995. In 2006, she received the U of S Alumni Association's Alumni Humanitarian Award.

Gary Merasty, MP, BEd'91, MEd'03

A proud member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and former Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council, Merasty has made countless contributions that have improved the social, political, and economic life of Saskatchewan and Canada. Elected as a Member of Parliament in 2006 (the first Status First Nations person elected from Saskatchewan), he has served on numerous boards and committees, such as the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. A strong community advocate, he is a recipient of both the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for his service to the people of the province.

Dave Rodney, MLA, BA'87, BEd'88

Dave Rodney is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, the only person in Saskatchewan history to scale Mt. Everest, and the only Canadian to summit Everest twice! A prolific author/filmmaker whose work has been utilized world-wide, he has also earned his MRE (2002, Edmonton), is the CEO of SQ Enterprises, serves as MLA Calgary-Lougheed, and is Calgary Caucus Chair. As a philanthropist, he co-founded the Top of the World Society for Children, and has contributed to the success of over 60 other groups, including Telemiracle. A recipient of the U of S Alumni Humanitarian Award and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medallion for Community Service, he is a shining example of the strength and determination of the human spirit.

Ernest Gordon Walker, CM, SOM, BEd'71, BA'72, Arts'73, MA'78

Ernie Walker's boyhood interest in Aboriginal culture and natural history shaped his life as one of Canada's most prominent archaeologists and forensics experts. A driving force in establishing Wanuskewin Heritage Park, he has also been active in countless forensic investigations for various law enforcement agencies and is a Special Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As a teacher, he has imparted his intense curiosity about the world to countless students and received a Master Teacher Award in 2005 and a 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2007. In 2004, he was the recipient of the U of S Alumni Association's Alumni Award of Achievement. He also holds a Saskatchewan Order of Merit and was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Barrie Wigmore, BEd'62, BA'63, LLD'02

Barrie Wigmore moved to the United States in 1970 to work for Goldman, Sachs, & Co., investment bankers. He founded the firm's Public Utility Department dealing with electric and gas utilities, telephone companies, and natural gas pipelines around the world and eventually became a Partner in 1978. The author of two books, as well as numerous academic articles on financial history, Wigmore was a director of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan from 1989 to 2002, and is currently a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum. Although he retired in 1988, he remains a committed and involved supporter of the U of S.