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Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award - 2012 Recipient

The Honourable Andrew J. Scheer has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award. The award was presented at Christian Community Day, October 5, 2012, and accepted by Andrew's parents, Deacon Jim Scheer and Mary Scheer. Andrew attended Holy Cross School and Immaculata High School before moving on to his post-secondary endeavours. He and his wife Jill now live in Regina, Saskatchewan with their four children, Thomas, Grace, Madeline, and Henry. 

scheerAt the Ottawa Convention Centre on October 5, 2012 for Christian Community Day. From left to right: Julian Hanlon, Director of Education;  Deacon Jim Scheer; Mary Scheer, Trustee Kathy Ablett; Denise Andre, Deputy Director of Education; Mark D. Mullan, Board Chairperson; Ted Hurley, Vice-Chairperson

SpeakerScheerWithClerkOBrien-spMr. Scheer was elected Speaker of the House of Commons for the 41st Parliament on June 2, 2011. He is the fourth Speaker to be chosen by a secret ballot cast by his fellow Members of the House of Commons. Born in 1979, he is also the youngest Speaker of the House in Canadian history. Mr. Scheer was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He studied history and politics at the University of Ottawa (where he received his Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Regina. Interested in politics at a young age, Mr. Scheer worked for the Leader of the Opposition while he was still a student in Ottawa. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Scheer joined the constituency office of Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer, in Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre. Mr. Scheer was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Regina—Qu'Appelle. He was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. During the 39th Parliament he served as the Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. During the 40th Parliament he served as the Deputy Speaker.  Biography and Photo Courtesy of the Parliament of Canada

Watch this video of the Honorable Andrew J. Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, sending his message of appreciation to the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

The Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award

Established in 2010, the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award acknowledges an alumnus who has achieved a high level of distinction and recognition in his or her chosen field, while exhibiting positive Catholic values reflecting the characteristics described by the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board presents the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award annually during the Christian Community Day celebration in the Fall.

A $5,000 donation is made, on behalf of the recipient, to the Catholic school of his/her choice. A plaque of recognition is be maintained in the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with recipient names added annually; the recipient(s) will receive a personal memento plaque. The award may be presented posthumously, through a family member if possible, with the donation being given to the last school in our Board attended by the recipient.