Remembrance Sunday at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, preaching and presiding
Featuring the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Directed by Lt. Ryan Wehrle
With Honorary Colonel Emőke Szathmáry
Honorary Colonel Emőke Szathmáry was born in Hungary, spent six years in German refugee camps, and came to Canada in 1951with her family. In 1956 she became a Canadian citizen. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her academic appointments began at McMaster University, and continued at the University of Western Ontario, where she was Dean of Social Science. She then returned to McMaster as Provost and Vice-President (Academic). In 1996 she was named President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, a post she held for 12 years. She has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Honorary Colonel Szathmáry has been a Director of Power Corporation of Canada, and of Power Financial Corporation since 1999. She became a Director of Great-West Lifeco in 2006. She has also served on the boards of many international, national, and provincial organizations in the educational, research and philanthropic sectors. Currently she is a Member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, a Governor of McMaster University, and a Director of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
Honorary Colonel Szathmáry is married to Dr. George A. Reilly, whose roots, through his father, grandfather and great-grand-father are in Manitoba. Honorary Colonel Szathmáry’s paternal origins are rooted in Transylvanian Székely lineages that obligated mounted military service, thus her ancestors served in armies of successive Hungarian kings. Her father joined the Canadian Army Reserves in his 40s because he believed that, everyone has a moral obligation to serve his country. Honorary Colonel Szathmáry is proud to uphold that tradition, and to fulfill her duty to Canada by serving with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.