HINDU COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Rev. Paul Sartison began serving as the Lutheran Campus Chaplain in August of 2007. He has been a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada since 1992, and during this time he served as a parish pastor in rural and not-quite rural Saskatchewan, as a chaplain at a long-term care facility, and as a pastor-in-residence at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. In addition to his work as a chaplain at the U of S, Paul has enjoyed a number of summers working for the Saskatchewan Cycling Association, running around all over the province keeping track of race results.
Paul has always enjoyed academic life: He recently completed an MA in Religious Studies, and thoughts of a PhD still roll around in his head; he occasionally wanders into classrooms, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion. He is always interested in learning more about how faith influences and is influenced by the rich and diverse community that exists at the UofS.
Outside of work, Paul's major interests include reading, music, cycling, and nordic skiing.
Walter Linklater was born in 1939 at Fort Frances, Ontario to the Couchiching First Nation, Anishnawbe. Walter attended St. Margaret's Residential School at Fort Frances and St. Paul 's Residential School in Lebret , Saskatchewan. He has a teaching diploma (Teachers' College, Moose Jaw ), a B.A. in Sociology (Lakehead University ) and a B.Ed. ( University of Saskatchewan ). In 1959 Walter met and married Maria Jane Horse. Well respected Elders, Walter and Maria share traditional spiritual knowledge with all people and many organizations. Walter is an Elder at the U of S, National Parole Board, Urban First Nations Healing Initiative and Aboriginal Justice Learning Network. Walter transferred to Thunderchild Cree Nation and is now a member of Treaty #6.
Maria Linklater is a Cree from the Thunderchild First Nation. Raised in Thunderchild, she later went to boarding school in Onion Lake before returning home to help her family at age 17. Maria and Walter Linklater have five boys and one girl and have fostered over 350 children. Maria has worked with many women over the years and was taught extensively by the Grandmothers. Maria is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor's Award for Foster Parenting, Native Woman of the Year and the Native Community Award for Cultural Contribution. Maria currently works reuniting families and foster children.
Nancy Yee is the new interim ecumenical chaplain. Born and raise in Moose Jaw, Sask., Nancy is both excited (and scared!) about this new adventure in her life. She is a postualnt (that means candidate for ordination into the priesthood) with the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon. She views the ecumenical chaplaincy as a place to serve, care, guide, and teach others in the name of Jesus Christ in this unique space called University of Saskatchewan. Nancy has a B.A. (political science and history) from U of Sask, B.E.A.D. from U of Regina, and a Master of Theological Studies from Emmanuel & St. Chad, Saskatoon.
Nancy has eclectic interests. She enjoys great convsersations about mostly anything, but, particularly is passionate about engaging in spiritual and theological dialogue, not as a way to proseltyze but as a way to connect with others and to learn what it means to be a spiritual being in this human experience called life. Nancy is married to a great guy, Tim, and they have four children whom she loves and who are on their own spiritual journeys in life. Nancy's leisure time is spent reading, collecting holy cards, gardening, travel, and exercising her creative potential.
One of her favourite quotes is by the British writer, G. K. Chesterton. He said, "It's not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting. It's that it's been found difficult and, therefore, left untried.
Cantor Neil Schwartz was born and raised in the small town of Hibbing in Northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. He earned a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Judaica from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1975, and the Diploma of Hazzan from the Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1980. He has also taken five units of Chaplaincy training (Clinical Pastoral Education) in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and is a lead teacher for the IMUN Program of lay religious leader training for United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Passionate about both music and education, Canton Neil is a member of the Cantors Assembly and Life Member of CAJE, the Coalition for the Adancement of Jewish Education. Currently he is helping to develop Jewish educational software Tefillah Trainer (tm) with Kinnor Software to teach liturgical skills, and has taught in Ramah Camps, Day Schools, and Scout Troops.
Prior to coming to Saskatoon in the summer of 2007, Neil served synagogues in Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. He has two sons in University and a daughter entering soon.
Dr. Syed Ibn Iqbal began his appointment as an Associate Muslim Chaplain in January 2007 before becoming a full chaplain in the fall of 2009. He has been actively involved with the Muslim Community in Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. Syed is an alumni of the University of Alberta (2004, B.Sc), and an alumni of the University of Saskatchewan (2009, D.M.D.). As a student he served as the President of the Muslim Students Association at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. During his time at the University of Alberta, Syed also held the position of President of the Medical Ethics Society. Furthermore, Syed had also been an active volunteer of the Edmonton Children's Hospital. He was also an advocate and devoted volunteer of outreach programs for youth, the underprivileged, as well as new immigrants to Canada. In addition to his professional studies, Syed has taken many Islamic courses and is pursuing a degree in Islamic Studies. His special interests include sports, reading, comparative and religious studies, as well as spending time with his friends and family.
If you would like further information about Islam, or for Muslims seeking services that the Muslim community provides, please do not hesitate to contact Syed.
Madeline Oliver joined the STM Campus Ministry Team in November 2010. Watch for details
Michael MacLean is a member of the St. Thomas More Campus Ministry team, and has been serving in that capacity since 1998. Michael is an alumni of STM, receiving his B.A. in History in 1993. Michael also has his B.Ed from the U. of S. (‘96), his Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, and his Diploma in Ministry from St. Francis Xavier University . Previous to working in Campus Ministry at STM, Michael was the Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Philip Neri Parish in Saskatoon .
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, Desperado, Ed Wood, The Incredibles
Favorite Authors: James Lee Burke, Robert Crais
Michael is married with children – all daughters! He enjoys coordinating Gospel Drama and Bible Study at STM, and works closely with the Newman students, as an executive member of Newman. Michael loves watching movies, and making them – especially in conjunction with STM Student Services for Orientation. He is a video artist, and a long time member of VideoVerite (now PAVED arts), an artist run video centre. He also enjoys playing the guitar, and keeps active by playing Basketball and anything else that keeps him off the couch! Michael's door is always open if you need to sit down and chat with someone - drop by and say hi anytime!
Laurie Friesen has held various lay ministry positions since 1990. She has been serving as the Ukrainian Catholic Campus Minister and the Youth Ministry Director for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon since August, 2000. Laurie is an alumni of the Unviversity of Saskatchewan with a BA in Sociology.
Laurie is married and has 3 sons and 1 daughter. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, dancing (ballroom and hip hop), DDR, cooking, and learning new things. Some of her favourites include: anything written by John Irving (especially A Prayer for Owen Meany), the movie Pay It Forward, KT Tunstall, and chocolate.
“I am so grateful and humbled to be involved in campus and youth ministry. It is such a privilege and gift to be able to provide opportunities where people can ask the tough questions and to journey with them as they strive to become who they are created to be. It is truly my passion and I am thankful to have an opportunity to serve in this way.”
Father Andre Lalach is an ordained priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1992) and of the University of Toronto (M.Div., 1997), Andre has served as a campus minister at the Newman Centre Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto, a religious education coordinator for the Diocese of London, Ontario, a young adult vocation ministry coordinator for the Ukrainian Redemptorists in Winnipeg, and the Director for Eastern Catholic Affairs at World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. He and his wife, Luba, were married in August, 2002 and have a son.
Interests: Online Fantasy Sports, Home Repair & Renovations, Travel, Tim Horton’s Coffee, listening and leisure.
“A colleague of mine once told me, ‘I like everything about ministry, except for the people’. Thankfully, we are no longer colleagues. I enjoy people, especially walking with them on our journey of faith. I look forward to the opportunity to be a listening presence to any student who comes my way.”