Marian Awards For Excellence

At St. Mary's Academy, we take pride in our alumnae and friends who model excellence and service in their personal and professional lives.

The Marian Awards For Excellence were instituted by the Academy in 2005 to recognize distinguished alumnae who embrace and exemplify our mission and vision in the community and the world. Our seven member selection committee, made up of alumnae, SNJM leadership, staff, and friends of the Academy, were thrilled with the response of our community in the strength and number of nominations received. We proudly announce the following Marian Award For Excellence recipients being recognized for their outstanding service in the areas of Education, Training and Mentorship, Leadership and Justice.

16th Annual Marian Awards For Excellence Brunch

Save the date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Mimosa Reception at 10:00 a.m. | Brunch at 10:30 a.m. | Award Presentations Following Brunch
Tickets: $75.00


2019 Marian Awards For Excellence Recipient


In the mid-1800’s, at the request of Bishop Joseph-Norbert Provencher, The Sisters of Charity of Montreal (more commonly known as the Grey Nuns) came to the Red River Settlement from Montréal. Although the Grey Nuns were predominantly a nursing congregation, they served as teachers for a number of years in the settlement that became the City of Winnipeg in 1873.

On May 1, 1869, Sisters Ste Thérèse and Mary Jane McDougall, opened “Maison Ste Marie” (St. Mary’s Academy). This was the first Catholic school to serve Catholics on the west side of the Red River. The Grey Nuns operated Maison Ste Marie until 1874 when the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary assumed responsibility for the school. 

St. Mary’s Academy is proud to honour the Grey Nuns for their service and leadership establishing the Academy.


Sister Mary Jane McDougall


Sister Ste Thérèse


2019 Marian Awards Sponsors

We are grateful for the genorosity of our 2019 Marian Awards sponsors in supporting St. Mary's Academy in honouring distinguished alumnae and friends who embrace and exemplify our mission and vision in the community and the world. 


Media Sponsor

M Sponsor

Torch Sponsor

Mimosa Sponsor

Daisy Sponsor

Past Marian Award Recipients


Dr. Diane Clare '69

Cheryl Prokopanko (Balaberda '72)

Brigitte Sandron (Van Ginkel '77)

Melissa Serbin '01


The Class of 1965


Marylyn Gibney, SNJM

Susanne Parent '81


Gwen Buccini (Pucci ’67)

Marianna Carol Hryniuk-Adamov ’72


Leanne Boyd '69

Kellie O'Rourke '76


Dr. Leisha Strachan ’92

Janine Stephens (Hanson ’01)


Crystal Kolt (Klapecki '78)

R.H. (Bob) Vandewater


Barbara Clubb '65

Ann Hodges '82



Christine Butterill (Keegan '60)

Susan Devine '68


Kimberly Prost '76


Stella Jo Dean (Kozak '43)

Joan Harland (Gr. 11 '32 and SMA College '33)

Rekha Malaviya '83

Alaina Prokopchuk '98


Noelle Bowles '91

Mary Holmen (Whytehead '71)

Rev. Carol Fletcher '79

Carol Stone (Parson '62)


Margaret Brett (Hetke '65)

Pattie Moore (Delabbio '69)

William and Stella English and family


Eira Friesen (Charles '36)

Lesley Sacouman, SNJM '63

SMA Alumnae Association

SMA Parents’ Guild