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Nominations may be submitted at any time, but nominations received by September 30, 2016 will be reviewed during the Fall Term.

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (DHumL)

The Mount takes great pleasure in adding to its community distinguished individuals whose accomplishments are consistent with the mission of the university.  Such individuals are granted the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters – an honour which can only be bestowed by the University Chancellor at the request of Senate. The Convocation at which the degree is awarded is greatly enriched by the presence of honorary graduands who share the joy of the occasion. 

We look to honour worthy recipients who have contributed to the betterment of society and humanity in any field, but in particular, improvement of the status of women, contribution to higher education, humanitarian and social service, involvement with and fostering of culture and the arts, or leadership in a field of endeavour.

Members of the University community, alumnae and friends of the University are encouraged to submit nominations.


Nominations are submitted to the Secretary of Senate electronically or by post. The nomination form is available in Acrobat PDF format and in Word.

Please provide a statement indicating how the contributions of the candidate are consistent with the mission statement, and into which category her or his achievement falls. Please append to the form sufficient material to provide evidence to support the rationale, but please be selective in choosing material from the web.

Since recipients are expected to deliver a convocation address, some evidence of their capability as a speaker should be provided.

The procedure for selecting honorary graduates is governed by the By-Laws of Senate.  Please note the following points.

  • Nominations must be signed, though the names of the nominators are removed prior to the distribution of the dossiers. 
  • Elected Canadian political figures will not be nominated for honorary degrees until the completion of their current political office. 
  • Nominations are taken to Senate through the Tributes Committee. Senate’s vote is confidential. 
  • The names of honorands are not released until shortly before the convocation at which they are honoured, an occasion which may take place within three years of the nomination. Please note, therefore, that apart from the acknowledgement of the nomination, a nominator will not know the outcome of the process until a public announcement is made.

 1971 - 2016

 († = deceased)

The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella, BA, LLB, DHumL (1989)
Marguerite Andersen, PhD, DHumL (1999)
† Doris H. Anderson,CC, BA, LLD, DHumL (1992)
The Honourable Louise Arbour, BA, LLL, LLD, DCL, DHumL (2001)
Berit Ås, MP, DHumL (1991)

Ninette Babineau, BME, MM, DHumL (1995)
† Constance McGrath Baird, BA, DHumL (1985)
Catherine A Banks, BA, BEd, DHumLitt (2015)
Barbara Barde, BA, MA, DHumL (1997)
Maude Victoria Barlow, BA, LLD, DLitt, DHumL (2016)
† R. Nita Barrow, Dame of St. Andrew, LLD, DSc, FRCM, DHumL (1988)
† Sheela V. Basrur, OOnt, BSc, MD, MSc, DHuML (2008)
Sonja Bata,OC, LLD, DHumL (1989)
The Honourable Monique Begin,OC, CP, PC, MP, MA, HonPhD, DHumL (1982) 
Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (1985)
Edris Leatrice Bird, BA, DipEd, MA, EdD, DHumL (1994)
†The Honourable Florence Bird,CC, LLD(Hon), DHumL (1974) 
Roberta Bondar, OC, OOnt, BSc (Agr), MSc, PhD (Neurobiology), MD, FRCP (C) (Neurology), DHumL (1990)
† Roy Bonisteel,CM, DLitt, DD, LLD, DHumL (1983)
† Elisabeth Mann Borgese,CM, BA, Dip Music, DHumL (1986) 
The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon, CP, OC, BA, MBA, DHumL (1998) 
† The Honourable Rosemary (Wedderburn) Brown, PC, OC, OBC, CD MLA, BA, MSW, DHumL (1981)
† The Honourable Sister Peggy Butts, BA, BEd, MA, PhD, LLD, DHumL (2001)

† June Callwood, CC, OOnt DU, DSLitt, LLD, DLitt, DHumL (1993)
† Sr. Paule Cantin, SC, BA, MA, DHumL (1990)
Margaret Casey, CM, MD, LLD, DHumL (2012)
† The Honourable Thérèse Casgrain,CC, OBE, LLD, DHumL (1977) 
Margaret Catley-Carlson,OC, BA (Hons), LLD, LITTD, DHumL (1990)
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, PC, CC, CMM, CD, DHumL (2008)
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, AB, JD, DHumL (1995)
† John H. Coleman, KM, LLD, DHumL (1981)
F.Anthony Comper, BA, DHumL (1995)
Janet Conners, DCL, DHumL (1997)
Margaret Conrad,OC, PhD, DHumL (2007)
Jill Kerr Conway, BA, PhD, DHumL (1980)
Joan Craig, CM, DHumL(2007) 
† Mary Helen Creighton,CM, LLD, DesL, DCL, DHumL (1982)
Elizabeth Cromwell,DHumL (2014)
Lorna Crozier, DHumL (2013)

Natalie Zemon Davis, CC, PhD, FAAAS, FBA, DHumL (2015)
Catherine (Kiki) Delaney, CM, LLD, DHumL (2014)
† Graham Dennis,CM, BA, DCL, DHumL (2006) 
The Honourable Anne S. Derrick, BA (Hons), LLB, DHumL (1999)
† Olive Patricia Dickason, CM, BA, MA, PhD, DLitt, LLD, DHumL (1999)
† John Dickey, QC, BA, LLB, LLD, DHumL (1981)
Arlene Dickinson, DHumL (2010)
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, BScHEc, MSc, DDL, DHumL (1998)
† Anita (Rosenblum) Dubinsky, BSc, DHumL (1983)
† Muriel Duckworth,CM, BA, DipEd, DHumL (1978) 

Mary Eberts, LLM, DHumL (1988)
Jean Bethke Elshtain, DHumL (2012)
Judy Erola, PC, DHumL (1992)

Leilani Isabella Farha, BA, MSC, LLB, DHumL (2015)
† Sister Irene Farmer, SC, LHD, DHumL (1981)
The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk,OC, SOM, BA, MA, DSc, LLD, FCCPM, DHumL (1993) 
† Evelyn Fitzgerald, SC, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (1986)
Louise Fleischmann, DHumL (2005)
Maureen Forrester, CC,QC, LLD, DLitt, DMus, DHumL (1992) 
The Honourable Mayann Francis, ONS, BA, MPA, DHumL (2008) 
Ursula Franklin, CC, OOnt, PhD, FRPI, DSc, DHumL (1986)
Margot A. Franssen, BA, DHumL (1995) OC
Sheila Fraser, FCA, DHumL (2011)
The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, DHumL (2004) ONS
Monique Frize,OC, BASc, MBA, MPh, HonDEng, HonDSc, HonD, PhD, PEng, DHumL (2006) 
† E. Margaret Fulton, OC, BA, MA, PhD, LLD, DHumL (1994) 

† Mavis Gallant, CC, LLD, DHumL (1999) 
† Mary Lua Gavin, SC, BA, MSc, DHumL (1981)
† Sylva Gelber, OC, LLB, DHumL (1976) 
Joan Glode, CM, MSW, DHumL (2012)
The Honourable Constance Glube, OC, ONS, BA, LLB, LLD, DHumL (1998) 
Dale Godsoe, CM, BA, BEd, MA, DHumL (1997) 
Judith Gold, CM, DHumL (2002) 
† Ruth Goldbloom, OC, DipPE, DHumL (1985)
Charlotte Gray, BA, DipSocAdmin, LSE, DHumL (1995)
Cora de Jong Greenaway, CM, DFA, FRSA, DHumL (2003)
Naomi Elizabeth Griffiths, OC, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (1994) 
Agnes Grossmann, DHumL (1991)

Mary Albertus Haggerty, SC, BA, MA PhD, LLD (Civil), DHumL (1985)
† Marie Hamilton, DHumL (1985)
Ruth Hammond, APR, BA, ABC, DHumL (1998)
Sharon Hampson, CM, DHumL (1996)
The Most Reverend James M. Hayes, JCD, DHumL, DD (1985)
Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, OC, BA, DHumL (2015)
Maxine Antoinette Henry-Wilson, MP, DHumL (2004 - Jamaica)
Angela Hewitt, OC, DU, LLD, B.Mus., ARCT, DHumL (2003)
† The Honourable Henry Hicks,CC, QC, BSc, BCL, MA, DCL, DEd, LLD, DHumL (1981)
Arlie Hochschild, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (2013)

Linda Inkpen, CM, OC, MD, DHuml (2006) 

Roberta Jamieson CM, LL.B., LL.D., DHumL (2010)
Stephen A. Jarislowsky, CC, GOQ, DHumL (2012)
† Lena Isabel Coldwell Jodrey, DHumL (1986)
† The Honourable Rita Joe, CM, PC, LLD, DHumL (1998) 
Josephine Johnson, DHumL (2010)
† Ruth Johnson, DHumL (1991)
Donald Julien, OC, ONS, HDCL, DHumL (2008)

Maureen Kempston Darkes, OC, OOnt, DHumL (2013)
Betty Kennedy, OC, DHumL (1989)
Nuala Kenny,  OC, SC, BA, MD, FRCP(C), DHumL (1992) 
Verna Kirkness, CM, BA, BEd, MEd, DHumL (1990)
Maria Klawe, PhD, DHumL (2009)

†Margaret Wade LaBarge, CM, BA, BLit (Oxon), DHumL (2003)
Huguette Labelle, CC, BSc, BEd, MEd, PhD, LLD, DHumL (1994) 
Phyllis Lambert, OC, CC, GOQ, CQ, FRAIC, RCA, LLD, DHumL (1992)
Jeanne Lamon, CM, DHumL (2007) 
Aldéa Landry, CP, CM, QC, BA, LLB, DHumL (2004) 
Michele Landsberg, OC, BA (Hons), DCL, LLD, DHumL (1991)
Dennice Leahey, CM, BA, DHumL (2014)
Suzie LeBlanc, DHumL (2013)
Mary Jo Leddy, CM, BA, BEd, MA, PhD, LLD, DHumL (1994) 
† Gabrielle Leger,CC, DHumL (1979) 
Julia Levy, OC, BA (Hons), PhD, DU, FRS, DHumL (1990)
† Daurene Lewis, CM DTSN, DHumL (1993) 
Lascelles Lewis, OD, DHumL (2001)
Stephen Lewis, CC, DHumL (2010)
† Lois Lilienstein, CM, BMS, DHumL (1996) 
Jean Little, CM, BA, DLit, HonEdD, DHumL (1996) 
Linda Lundström, DHumL (2002)

Last updated:  May 20, 2016

 1971 - 2016

(† = deceased)

† Eva Waddell Mader Macdonald, MD, CM, DPH, DHumL (1975)
The Honourable Flora MacDonald, CC, ONT, PC, MP, DHumL (1979) 
† Shelagh Mackenzie-Tasker, DHumL (2003)
† Rita MacNeil,CM, ONS, DLitt, DHumL (1993) 
Dawn MacNutt BA, MSW, DHumL (2005)
The Honourable Antonine Maillet, CP, CC, OQ, MA, DesL, DLitt, LLD, DHumL (1987)
Daphne Marlatt, CM, BA, MA, HonDL, DhumL (2004) 
† Beverley Mascoll, CM, BA, LLD, DHumL (2001) 
Elisabeth Maxwell, BA, Dphil, DHumL (1999)
Elizabeth May, OC, LLB, DHumL (2000) 
Marnie McBean, BA, LLD, DHumL (2001)
The Honourable Margaret McCain, OC, ONB, BA, BSW, HonLLD(5), DHumL(2005)
† Sister Francis d’Assisi McCarthy, SC, BA, MA, PhD, LLD, DHumL (1983)
† Thelma Herman McCormack, BA, DHumL (1989)
Alexa McDonough, OC, ONS, DHumL (2009)
Catherine McKinnon, DHumL (2004)
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, DHumL (2002)
Catherine McQueen, BA, BJ, DHumL (1995)
Ann Medina, MA, HonLLD(2), DHumL (2004)
† Norah Michener, CC, PhD, DLitt, LLD, DHumL (1972)
Brenda Milner, CC, OQ, PhD, ScD, LLD, DScSoc, FRS, FRSC, DHumL (1988)
Dorothy Moore, CM, ONS, CSM, BA, BEd, MEd, DHumL (2002) 
Bram Morrison, CM,  DHumL (1996) 
Alleyne Murphy, BscHEc, MSc, PDt, DHumL (1997)
† M. Irene McQuillan Murphy, BA, DHumL (1982)
Anne Murray, CC, ONS, DHumL (2016)

† Agnes Nanogak, DHumL (1985)
Samantha Nutt, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC, DHumL (2011) 

† Doris Ogilvie, BScSS, BA, BCL, DHumL (1980)
† Pearleen Oliver, DLitt, DHumL (1993)
† Sister Katherine O’Toole, SC, BA, MA, DHumL (1981)

† Rosa Parks, DHumL (1998)
Katherine Paterson, AB, MA, MRE, LLD, DHumL (1994)
Susan Patten, CM, ONL, DHumL (1997) 
Julie Payette, CQ, BEng, MASc,DHumL (2004)
† Margaret Perry, DHumL (1990)
Betty Peterson, BEd, DHumL (2000)
Martha C. Piper, PhD, OC, OBC, DHumL (2009)
Mary Pratt, CC, Cert FA, BFA, LLD (Hon), Hon DFA, DHumL (1998) 

Elizabeth Raum, BMus, MMus, DHumL (2004)
The Honourable Marion Reid, DHumL (2002) CM, OPEI
The Honourable Brenda Robertson, MLA, BScHEc, DHumL (1973)
† Beryl Rowland, PhD, DLitt, DHumL (1982)
Nancy Ruth, CM, BA, MA, DipTh, DHumL (1989) 
Mairi St. John Macdonald, BSc, MA, EdD, DHumL (1997)

Rick Salutin, BA(Hons), MA, HonD, DHumL (2005)
† The Right Honourable Jeanne (Benoit) Sauvé, CC, PC, MP, LLD, DSc, DHumL (1983) 
† Kathleen Shannon, CM, LLD, DLitt, DHumL (1997) 
† Rose Sheinin, BA, MA, PhD, FRSC, FA, AM, DHumL (1985)
Mary Simon, OC, QC, DHumL (2013)
Myrna Slater, BScN, MPH, DHumL (1996)
† Sister Anna Gertrude Smith, SC, BA, MA, DHumL (1985)
Dorothy E. Smith, BSc, PhD, LLD, DLitt, DHumL (1999)
The Honourable Jennifer M. Smith, JP, MP, DBE, DHuml (2000)
Laura Smith, DHumL (2003)
Margaret Somerville, AM, FRSC, DCL, DHumL (2009)
† Mary Sparling, BA, BEd, MA, DFA, DHumL (2004)
† Vivien Mavis Srivastava, BSc(2), MSc, PhD, DHumL (2005)
Mavis Staines, DHumL (2008)
Margaret Swan, BA, BEd, AIE, MEd, DHumL (1989)

Kathleen Taylor, BA, JA/MBA, DHumL (2015)
Leila Thomas, C.D., DHumL (2001)
† Shirley Thomson,CC, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (2006) 
The Hon. Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond,BA,LLB,LLM,DL,HonLLD,DHumL (2005)
†Maxine Tynes, BA, BEd, DHumL (1992)

Annette Verschuren, BBA, DHumL (1996)

Eleanor Wachtel, CM, BA, DHumL (2002)
† Lilian Wainwright, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (1993)
† Florence Wall, BA, DipEd, MA, DHumL (1978)
† Catherine Wallace, OC, BA, MA, PhD, LLD, LLD (Civil), DHumL (1985) 
Pamela Wallin, SOM, BA, LLD, Dlitt, PhD in Journalism (Honourary), DHumL (2003)
Mary Walsh,CM, DHumL (2011)
† Roberta Way-Clark, BA, DipGnt, MA, DHumL (1995)
Pauline M. Webb, BA, AKC, STM, DHumL (1987)
Martha Westwater, SC, BEd, MA, PhD, DHumL (1996)
† Sister Marie Agnes White, SC, BA, MA, PhD, DHumL (1971)
M. Sheelagh Dillon Whittaker, BA, BSc, MBA, LLD, DHumL (2016)
Dorothy Green Wills, CM, DHumL (2007)
† The Honourable Madam Justice Bertha Wilson,CC, MA, LLB, LLD, DHumL (1984) 
Budge Wilson, CM, ONS, LL.D, DHumL (2012)
The Very Reverend Lois M. Wilson,CC, OOnt BA, BD, DD, DHumL (1984) 
Sister Miriam Thérèse Winter, BMus, MA PhD, HonLHD, DHumL (2004)

Phyllis Yaffe, BA, BLS, MLS, DHumL (2011)
Ada Yonath, PhD, DHumL (2014)

Jan Zwicky, PhD, DHumL (2014)

Last Updated:  May 30, 2016