St. Paul's Hospital
School of Nursing Alumni Association
From the first five graduates on September 21, 1911 to the time when the School of Nursing closed its doors in 1969 there have been 2,057 graduates who can proudly claim St. Paul's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association membership. The St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) School of Nursing Alumni Association was formally organized by Mrs. Constance Wait (Maddens ’20) in 1925. All graduates are eligible for membership.
Aims of the SPH School of Nursing Alumni Association
To promote social interest and fellowship among members
To promote nursing and related health education through our annual scholarships program
To uphold and preserve the memory and spirit of St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing
Assist St. Paul’s Hospital and Foundation with project and events as is appropriate
Meetings and Communication
The Saskatoon headquarters of the Alumni Association manages the affairs of the Association and holds three general meetings – an Annual General Meeting/Luncheon usually held on the second Monday in May, a General Meeting and Brunch normally held on the third Sunday in September, and a Christmas Dinner Meeting normally held on the second Monday in December.
Chapters & Newsletter
There are Chapters in Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster, North and South Okanogan, Ottawa, Regina and Victoria also meet regularly and some have hosted reunions. An Annual Newsletter fosters communication and fellowship among Alumni, and contains up to date information on all meetings and events.
Saskatoon Alumni offer an Honor Guard at funerals of their members residing in the city and physicians or non-alumni nurses who have devoted years of service to St. Paul’s Hospital. Choirs have been formed to participate in various special hospital and Alumni events.
Nursing Alumni Scholarships
The Alumni association offers annual Scholarships to Alumni Members’ children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing or a graduate degree in nursing. We encourage all who meet the criteria to apply, and we will work to provide as much support as we can.
Nursing Alumni Archives
Alumni have worked hard to maintain archival records of the history and legacy of the School of Nursing, as can be evidenced through the wonderful School of Nursing display cases at St. Paul’s Hospital (Second Floor, A Wing). Alumni have provided photos for many of St. Paul’s Hospital publications and murals. If you would like to use or are interested in knowing more about the School of Nursing Archives, please Contact Us.
Nursing Alumni Executive List 2017-2019
President: Sharon McCallion
Vice President Diane Jensen
Secretary Monica Beavis
Treasurer: Diane Neufeld
Past President: Diane Hergott
Program/Social: Mary Humen; Bernie Steckler
Newsletter: Kay Turner; Elaine Uhryniw; Lily Krause
Cards and Flowers: Lynn Swensen
Visiting: Rose Normand; Margot Bussiere; Anne Shewchuk
Welcoming/Membership: Reta Taylor
Phoning: Carol Smandych
Scholarship: Joyce Lenz; Agnes Valade; Gloria Lynch
Archives: Diane Jensen; Marlene Davis
Honour Guard: Elaine Uhryniw
Alumni Association and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
In 1991, the School of Nursing Alumni helped to create a significant endowment fund at St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation – the Saint Marguerite d’Youville Endowment Fund. That fund continues to be stewarded by St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, and contributions to this endowment provide professional development and scholarship support for St. Paul’s Hospital and Saskatoon Health Region employees.
Alumni have participated in various projects with St. Paul's Hospital and the School of Nursing when it existed. The Nurses Alumni founded and once staffed the St. Paul's Hospital Gift Shop with volunteers, which is now operated by SPH Foundation. Some Alumni and Alumni families still serve as volunteers at the hospital, at the Foundation and in the Gift Shop. Proceeds from the Gift Shop support professional development for St. Paul's Hospital employees.