A Saskatchewan Senator and a clinical psychologist are this year’s recipients of the Campion College Alumni of Distinction Award. Senator Denise Batters, a strong advocate for mental health, and, Dr. Katherine Owens, Director of Clinical Psychology Training for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, and local, international volunteer, each received the award at a gala held here October 3, at the Hotel Saskatchewan.
Batters received a B.A. through Campion College at the University of Regina, her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was in private practice until 2007 when she became Chief of Staff to the then Minister of Justice Don Morgan for five years then moved to the Crown Investments Corporation as Director of Regulatory Affairs until she received an appointment to the Canadian Senate in 2013. Her husband, Member of Parliament David Batters, lost his battle with depression in 2009 and since then, Senator Batters has become a strong advocate for mental health. She organizes an annual fund raising golf tournament which has raised almost $200,000.00 that supports advocacy for mental health. She was the recipient of the 2015 Champion of Mental Health in the parliamentarian category in recognition of her efforts. She organized opposition to the inclusion of psychological suffering in the physician assisted suicide legislation and was successful in having it removed. “The most vulnerable in our society now have some protection,” she said in accepting the Alumni of Distinction Award.
Dr. Katherine Owens received a B.A. Honours Degree through Campion College, University of Regina and an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Regina. Besides her work with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region she is also Chief Psychologist the Mental Health Clinic, an adjunct professor at the University of Regina and a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan. She volunteers at the Regina Food Bank, The United Nations Safer Cities Project in Tanzania and Gruppo per Relazionil Transculturali (GRT) a Somalian inpatient unit. She spent some time in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake helping citizens cope with the disaster. Owens was the first psychologist to the Canadian-based volunteer organization Humanity First which helps regions in the world where people struggle getting their basic necessities of life. “I’ve had a 26-year relationship with Campion,” said Owens in her acceptance remarks. She remembered how much spiritual and basic support she received from Campion.
Batters and Owens, in a special September 24, ceremony, were inducted as Alumni Members of Alpha Sigma Nu, an international honour society or Jesuit Institutions of higher learning. Students, alumni and associates of Jesuit institutions who distinguish themselves through scholarship, leadership, loyalty and service to the institutions and community are inducted to the society.
Senator Denise Batters (BA ‘91) and Dr. Katherine Owens (BA Hons ’98) are the recipients of the 2016 Campion College Alumni of Distinction awards, which will be presented tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom at the Hotel Saskatchewan.
Celebrating a Jesuit higher education that aims to graduate leaders of service, the Alumni of Distinction Awards are presented to Campion alumni and former students who demonstrate the Jesuit values and mission of the College in their professional and personal actions. Campion College is pleased to present this year’s Alumni of Distinction Awards to two individuals who exhibit the Jesuit value of Men and Women for Others in both their professional and personal lives.
A lifelong resident of Saskatchewan, Senator Denise Batters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Campion College at the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1995 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. She began her career in private practice before taking on the role of Chief of Staff to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice in 2007. Appointed to the Senate in January 2013, Ms. Batters took the opportunity for leadership in service of others. As a member of the Canadian Senate, she works hard to ensure that Canadian laws are fair and just, and takes into account the needs of marginalized groups, such as those suffering from mental illness. Beyond her profession, Senator Batters is a passionate spokesperson for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and raises her voice to bring awareness to this cause whenever possible. In recognition of her work in this area, Ms. Batters received the 2015 Champion of Mental Health – in the Parliamentarian category, from The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.
Dr. Katherine Owens holds Bachelor of Arts honours from Campion College at the University of Regina, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina. She is a Senior Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Psychology Training with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Chief Psychologist at the Mental Health Clinic, serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Regina and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, and provides assessment and treatment through her private practice at CBI Physical Rehabilitation. Alongside her professional career, Dr. Owens gives of her time and talents to local and international communities, and was the first psychologist to the Canadian-based, volunteer organization Humanity First, which provides support to regions in the world where humanity struggles for the basic necessities of life.
A federated college at the University of Regina, Campion College is the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada. It provides a liberal arts education dedicated to the development of the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, socially—for service within society. Approximately 700 students at the University of Regina are enrolled through Campion College in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Media, Art, and Performance.