It was a bitter-sweet moment on Monday, June 5 when faculty, colleagues, students and members of the community bid farewell to St. Mary’s University’s Dean of Education, Linda Dudar, who announced her retirement from the institution after eight years of service.
A farewell ceremony was held on Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s University’s McGivney Hall where Dudar’s passion for the education program at StMU and her tireless commitment to the students shone bright in the spotlight.
Dr. Dudar has over 30 years of experience serving in both Catholic and public school districts throughout Western Canada and brought that leadership and guidance to Canada’s only fully accredited Bachelor of Education program specifically directed to the formation of teachers for Catholic schools.
During her time at St. Mary’s Dudar played a pivotal role in helping develop and grow the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) program into what it is today, a leading Education program with the reputation of developing some of the best-trained and highly coveted teaching graduates.
“Linda has played an incredible role in shaping and championing our Bachelor of Education program and has done this through eight years of incredible passion and hard work,” said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Mary’s University.
“We are saying farewell to someone who has selflessly devoted herself to others, especially to the welfare and success of her students, her staff, the faculty and to St. Mary’s University itself. We are a better university today because of Dr. Linda Dudar.”
A mother of two sons whose passion for music has been a staple at many St. Mary’s events, masses and celebrations, Dr. Dudar was noticeably moved during the celebration that also featured the gift of an apple from an elementary student – a tradition that Dr. Dudar started with St. Mary’s teaching students, as a deep symbolic gesture of both the gravity of what the teachers are about to undertake and the possibility that being a teacher brings.