The Holy Cross High School community celebrated the accomplishments of five of its distinguished alumni at an awards ceremony Friday morning.
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 to recognize their significant achievements in their field or area of expertise.
Holy Cross principal Lisa Hodson said, "It's a privilege to welcome our graduates and honour them this way. It sends such a strong message to our students that they too can accomplish great things and make a difference in their community. We're blessed to have these, and many more, role models for our school community."
This year's inductees are:
(Years in brackets indicates years attending Holy Cross High School.)
Robert Enright (1963-67), Research Professor, Fine Arts Critic, 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 bachelor of arts from the University of Saskatcehwan. However, he 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, including the Mendal Art Gallery. He 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), Clinical Psychologist and Cancer Researcher, 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 his academic life as a professor at the University of Manitoba, teaching psychology, family medicine, clinical health psychology and nursing. As a researcher, he has extensively examined communications between patients and health professionals in the context of cancer. Findings of his research into providing patients with audio recordings of treatment consultations is being applied in clinical settings across Canada and abroad, and it is becoming a standard for the mental well-being of cancer patients.
Trevor Herriot (1972-76), Canadian Naturalist, Writer, for his significant contributions to environmental issues in the media and literature.
Trevor 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 his four published books (his fifth comes 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 awards and accolades.
Keith Martell (1976-80), Finance – CEO First Nations Bank of Canada, 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 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, where he currently serves as CEO. 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. Martell was once listed among the Top 40 Under 40 in Canada and has an honorary doctor of laws from the U of S.
Jerry McHale (1963-67), Law – Professor, for his extensive contributions to law and public policy, particularly in the area of family and child welfare.
McHale progressed in his career as a lawyer, becoming a partner for Cardinal Edgar Emberton & MaCaulay Barristers & Solicitors in Victoria, BC, after earning degrees from the universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto and Alberta. He then shifted to public service, working in a variety of roles in the BC Ministry of Justice and Legal Services, including assistant deputy minister and acting deputy attorney general. 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 roles, and he has written and presented several academic papers. He has received a variety of awards recognizing his contribution to the legal profession.