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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, Mrs 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, Rev Alan Fogarty SJ, 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 fancial means.
Individual and corporate sponsors added to the proceeds of the Dinner. Platinum level patrons contributing $10,500+ to the Bursary Program include:
Gold Sponsors contributing $5,500+ included: