RETIRED SERGEANT MAJOR JOE SCHULZ - November 14, 2018
Jurgen Manfred Willie (Joe) Schulz served 30 years in the Canadian Army with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). During the Cold War, he participated in three peacekeeping missions, and trained for different types of warfare including combatting terrorists.
He was born in East Prussia in 1943 in the middle of World War II. As a child, his family was evacuated from East Prussia to evade advancing Russian soldiers. Later, his family was accepted into this country through Canada’s Refugee program in 1953. For a variety of reasons over the following years, school was not my priority and he was asked to leave the school in grade 7.
Joe shares with us that "I’m not political correct. I prefer the term brutally honest or that 'I refuse to bow down to the enforcers of thought and speech control'.I have a loving wife Shaaron and we had two children together. We are still happily married (after 50+ years) and have 5 granddaughters. Shaaron and I moved 17 times with our two children during my time in the army. My hobbies include walking and volunteering with Calgary Public Schools, the Military Museums in Calgary and my church. My most important hobby is being a grandfather and believe me those girls are a full time job."
STEVE DONGWORTH - Fire Chief, Calgary Fire Department - December 13, 2018
The City of Calgary announced Steve Dongworth as Calgary’s new Fire Chief effective January 1, 2015. He joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2000 and has more than 35 years’ experience in municipal fire and emergency services.
Previously, Dongworth was the Deputy Chief of Community Standards, Recruitment and Training, overseeing the Calgary Fire Department’s Inspection & Investigation sections, Fire Investigators, the Accelerant Detection Canine program and the Fire Cadet program.
Prior to this, Dongworth served in a variety of Deputy Chief commands including Operations, Training, Community Services, Administration and Emergency Management. He has led a wide variety of projects from the development of false alarm fees to the creation of the Community Safety section.
Between 2009 and 2014, Dongworth completed two separate terms as Commander of Calgary 9-1-1. During his time as Commander he worked to provide better services to citizens through a number of initiatives such as a new call evaluation process and becoming one of the first nation-wide safety centres to institute text with 9-1-1.
In recognition for his exemplary work, Dongworth has been awarded The City of Calgary Protective Services Medal, the Alberta Emergency Services Medal, the Slave Lake Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Originally from Plymouth, England, he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1991. Dongworth is married, has two adult children and one grandchild.
DAVID DOCHERTY, PhD - President, Mount Royal University - February 13, 2019
Dr. David Docherty became the ninth president of Mount Royal University in 2011 and is currently serving his second term. He considers this the best job in the country and particularly enjoys playing the bagpipes for graduating students at each convocation.
David comes to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where in addition to teaching from 1994 to 2011, he was senior advisor for campus initiatives and governance in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Political Science.
As an expert in parliamentary government in Canada, David is the author of two books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He has written many articles and chapters on Canadian legislatures and is a media commentator on provincial and national politics. David spoke to the Senate Chamber as part of a symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
With a deep commitment to embracing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, he was humbled to receive a Blackfoot name and headdress in 2018. He is also a strong advocate for the importance of mental health well-being, including reducing stigma and providing the necessary supports.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts — Political Science (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University (1984), a Master of Arts — Political Science from McMaster University (1990) and a Doctorate — Political Science from the University of Toronto (1995).