St. Paul’s High School President, Fr. Alan Fogarty, S.J., is delighted to announce Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Carol Hill as the 2012 Ignatian Challenge Award honourees. Founded in 1926, St. Paul’s High School is a Catholic, independent university preparatory school for young men owned and operated by the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits in English Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are the 22nd and 23rd recipients of this prestigious award that recognizes individuals who, through their commitment to service, reflect the ideals of a Jesuit education as living examples of Men and Women for Others.
Mr. Paul Hill is the Chairman, President and CEO of The Hill Companies and Harvard Developments Inc. He is the third generation of the Hill family to lead The Hill Companies, which have played an important role in Canadian business for over 100 years. Under his leadership and strategic direction, The Hill Companies have grown and diversified across the areas of real estate, insurance, broadcasting, oil and gas, manufacturing and technology. Mrs. Carol Hill is the Director of Communications for Harvard Developments Inc.
Mr. Hill attended Campion College High School and Mrs. Hill, née Erb, Sacred Heart College in Regina. They married in 1963 and both attended Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. Mr Hill also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. The Hills’ five children, Rosanne, Shannon, Matthew, January and Kathryn, have all attended Jesuit schools. Mr. and Mrs. Hill’s lifelong commitment to Jesuit education can be seen in the profound ways in which they have given back to their community in Regina, fostered national partnerships, and internationally, in their work with the Vatican.
Mr. and Mrs. Hill have established the Catholic Studies program at Campion College at the University of Regina and founded “One Life Makes a Difference,” a charitable foundation that assists with the education of disadvantaged youths. In 2007, the University of Regina Business School was renamed the Paul J. Hill School of Business. Mr. and Mrs. Hill founded a number of scholarships, awards and visiting professorships at the Hill School to promote a new partnership they established with the Richard Ivey School of Business, one of the top programs in the country. They also initiated, and provide a number of scholarships for, a business ethics program that is jointly offered between the Hill School and Campion College.
In 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Hill opened the Mother Theresa Middle School of Regina, founding Canada’s first Jesuit fostered NativityMiguel Academy. The NativityMiguel Network of schools provide economically disadvantaged grade 6, 7 and 8 students with intensive educational and mentorship support to help them graduate to high school and enroll in post-secondary education. They were inspired to found the Mother Theresa Middle School of Regina following a meeting with Mother Theresa herself, who counselled them and other business leaders to “identify a need in your community and then give yourself and your resources to fill this need”.
Mr. Hill has been awarded with an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Regina and entrusted as a Knight of St Sylvester by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in acknowledgement of his charitable work, which includes founding, with Mrs. Hill, the Canadian Chapter of The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, a group dedicated to the preservation of the Vatican Museum’s art collection. Mrs. Hill became the first Chairperson and currently serves as the Chapter’s Honourary Chairperson. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are Stewards of St. Peter, Stewards from across the nation dedicate significant resources to proclaim their love of God, fidelity to the Successor of Peter and service to others through involvement in the Papal Foundation. Mr. Hill has also been the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, among many accolades. In June 2012, he received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. and Mrs. Hill lived in Winnipeg on Montrose Street in River Heights from 1972 until 1976 and during that time welcomed their third and fourth children. Mr. Hill managed the Winnipeg office of Burns Brothers and Denton, now Nesbitt Burns. While in Winnipeg, Mr. and Mrs. Hill were members of the Manitoba Club, the Winnipeg Winter Club, the Squash Club and the St. Charles Golf & Country Club, where they still maintain a membership. Mr. Hill was on the board of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, worked on the United Way campaign, and he continues to be an Associate of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He belonged to the Manitoba Young Presidents Organization and is currently a member of the Manitoba World Presidents Organization.
While in Winnipeg, Mrs. Hill was on the advisory board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was editor of the Junior League Magazine, “PEG LEG”. She has also served on the board of Globe Theatre (Regina), the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Wilcox, SK) and Ridley College (St. Catharine’s, ON). She is currently active on a number of national and provincial boards including: The Max Bell Foundation, Canadian Council of Business for the Arts and the Pugwash International Peace Conferences. Mr. and Mrs. Hill, their five children and ten grandchildren, continue to enjoy, since 1973, their summer camp on Kipling Island at the Lake of the Woods.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Carol Hill honoured as Ignatian Challenge Award Recipients at the 19th Annual Tribute Dinner
On Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 the St. Paul's High School community honoured two champions of Jesuit education and the spiritual life, Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Carol Hill, at the 19th Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Hill, who hail from neighbouring Regina, Saskatchewan, humbly and graciously accepted the award in front of many alumni, friends and supporters of St. Paul's, noting the feeling of being "amongst family" during their first introduction to the St. Paul's High School community. Mr. and Mrs. Hill spoke highly of their association with Jesuits, Jesuit education and the need for spiritual development in one's life.
Mr. Kevin Kavanagh, former Ignatian Challenge Award recipient, along with his wife Els, have been friends of the Hills for more than thirty years and introduced the crowd to the evening's honourees in a personal and reflective way. Away from the boardroom of The Hill Companies and in the height of summer, Mr. Kavanagh shared what has become an annual tradition at the Hill's summer retreat at Lake of the Woods. "A scene of gorgeous natural beauty, extraordinary peace and very quiet prayer" the Hills host an outdoor mass for family and friends in hopes of "bringing back home what they have learned," inspired mostly by their broad view of the world. Simply stated by Mr. Kavanagh, "if you examine the lives they have lived...you will find story after story of their efforts to live for others."
In accepting the award, Mr. and Mrs. Hill shared their philosophy on life and generosity, noting that "giving has many different faces and philanthropy has many different voices." An incredible and life changing moment in both their lives was meeting Mother Theresa and the humble lessons they not only espouse but also try to emulate in their own lives. Mr. Hill shared, what he described, as the words that had a tremendous impact on both himself and Mrs. Hill. "People are often unreasonable, irrational and self centered - forgive them anyways. If you are kind, people may accuse you of having selfish or ulterior motives - be kind anyways. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies - succeed anyways. If you're honest and sincere, people may deceive you - be honest and sincere anyways. Give the best you have because the final analysis is between you and God - it was never between you and them anyways." It is those words of wisdom that guide Mr. and Mrs. Hill, from the top of the twin office towers that mark the Regina skyline to the year-old Mother Theresa Middle School, founded by the Hills, that serves middle grades, at-risk children in Regina's inner city.
In his address, Fr. Alan Fogarty, S.J., President of St. Paul's High School, explained that Mr. and Mrs. Hill "have heard their distinct call and have responded to what we as Catholics and Christians believe what God wants for each of us - and that is to become Holy and to grow in Holiness. For this to happen we seize the chance God has given each of us and that's a desire to be closer to Him. From their own family to the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina, to a middle school for the underprivileged to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, from international peace conferences to supporting the Vatican Museum, Paul and Carol Hill have repeatedly expressed their faithful prayers in action."
The evening is an annual fundraising event in support of the St. Paul's High School Bursary Program, an essential aspect of Jesuit education which allows qualified students the opportunity to a Jesuit education regardless of their family's financial means.