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St. Paul’s High School is pleased to announce Mrs. Nancy and Mr. Carmine ’76 Militano as the 2021 Ignatian Challenge Award recipients for the 2021 Tribute Dinner on November 2.
Kevin Booth ’78, St. Paul’s High School President, notes that “Ignatian spirituality emphasizes that effective love is shown in deeds. It offers a vision of God who is alive and active in the world and in people’s lives. Nancy and Carmine are such people of deep faith and commitment. They are people for others who have truly put their love into action through their work, family, and community. In this way, they hope to create a more just and humane world.”
Nancy has devoted her professional life to aiding non-profits in our community, including the Manitoba Marathon in support of those with intellectual disabilities, Variety the Children’s Charity, and presently, with the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation in their development office. Nancy has dedicated her life to volunteering with charitable organizations, which have undoubtedly benefited from her involvement and commitment. These organizations include various health organizations, community-centre boards, and women’s organizations. Nancy has also given her time and passion to the Catholic community; including, St. Ignatius Parish, Holy Names House of Peace, Immaculate Conception Drop-In Centre, and the Parents Guilds of both St. Mary’s Academy and St. Paul’s High School. She is currently Board President at Esther House, a sober living home that helps empower women in addiction recovery to move forward in their lives.
Carmine ’76, P.Eng. ICD.D, is currently the President of Bockstael Construction and comes with 40 years of experience in the industry itself. Carmine has worked for notable companies such as Stantec and CH2M Hill and has a reputation that precedes him. Those who have worked for him recognize his finesse for strategic planning, operational management and expertise in the design-build life cycle. Throughout his career, Carmine ’76 has developed and delivered business courses, guest lectured for the University of Manitoba and Red River College, and has presented at numerous professional conferences. Carmine ’76 has also devoted himself to bettering our community through charitable works. He serves on a number of boards, including the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and the Holy Names House of Peace, as well as being a past member of the St. Paul’s High School Board of Directors. Many alumni will remember Carmine ’76 for his contributions to our football program. Carmine served as an assistant coach from 1981-83 and head coach from 1984-85, and as chair of the Crusader Football 60th Anniversary Dinner in 1996. Carmine ’76 continues to work in the local football community on the Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors.
Both Nancy and Carmine ’76 come from families who actively choose and value Catholic education. Nancy (nee Herriot, SMA ’77) and her sisters attended St. Mary’s Academy, while Carmine ’76 and many cousins, graduated from St. Paul’s High School; his sisters also attended St. Mary’s Academy. Carmine and Nancy have charted the same course for their children, Anthony ’05, Kaitlyn (SMA ’06), and Daniel ’09.
Carmine ’76 and Nancy live a life devoted to faith and the service of others through their work in the community. They “believe that the Ignatian tradition of service is a response to Psalm 116: ‘How can I return the goodness of the Lord.’”
Nancy and Carmine join past recipients Dr. Arthur Mauro, Mr. Paul Albrechtsen, Dr. Michael Phelps ’63, Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Els Kavanagh, Mr. Gregg Hanson ’69, Fr. Joseph Driscoll SJ, Dr. Angus Reid ’65, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Kathryn Bracken, Mr. Joe Stangl, Dr. William Norrie, Mr. Robert Puchniak ’65, Mr. Gary and Mrs. Janice Filmon, Mr. Robert Chipman ’44, Mr. James Tennant ’66, Mr. Hubert Kleysen, Dr. Emöke Szathmáry, Dr. Peter MacDonald ’76, Mr. Gary Doer ’66, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Carol Hill, Mr. Michael Guertin ’76, Mr. Larry Franz, Sr. Lesley Sacouman, SNJM, Mr. Mitch Bourbonniere ’81, Mr. Steve ’68 and Mrs. Ruth Chipman, Sr. Bernadette O’Reilly and Mr. Phil Chiappetta ’75 of Rossbrook House and the 2019 recipients Mrs. Anne and Mr. Paul ’81 Mahon.
The Ignatian Challenge Award recognizes individuals within our community who embrace the ideals of St. Ignatius of Loyola and reflect the characteristics and qualities inherent in a Jesuit education at St. Paul’s High School. Through their leadership and commitment to service, award recipients become examples for our students of a lived faith and philosophy of becoming men and women for others. The proceeds of the annual Tribute Dinner support the bursary program, an essential aspect of a Jesuit education, ensuring accessibility to all qualified applicants.