Last Updated: Tuesday - 01/04/2011
June 18, 2001
Feehan honoured for community service
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — Catholic Social Services has honoured Dr. Kay Feehan for her long-standing commitment to social work and the needs of children and families.
The Edmonton educator and social worker is this year's recipient of the Monsignor Bill Irwin Award of Excellence, presented at CSS's annual meeting June 8.
Feehan has an outstanding reputation for her creativity, highly principled leadership and dedicated service to the community.
"It (community service) was fun," Feehan said after she received her award.
Feehan, who has been married to Mr. Justice Bernard Feehan for 47 years, has also been awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from St. Stephen's College for her outstanding contribution to social work and the community.
She served as chair of the social work program at Grant MacEwan Community College for nearly 20 years. During these years she developed and administered several innovative programs. Close to her heart is the outreach program to address the needs of aboriginal people.
Feehan was co-chair for the Edmonton region steering committee in developing integrated and community-based services to children and families. Her leadership capacity has been demonstrated not only locally but also in national social work associations.
Originally from Saskatoon, Feehan is a tireless advocate for the marginalized. She was a founding board member of Acadia House for Adolescents and the Terra School for Unwed Mothers.
In 1991, she successfully chaired Catholic Social Services' Sign of Hope campaign team, which raised nearly $990,000.
A mother of seven, she has been active on innumerable local and national boards of directors including Caritas Health Group, A.B.C., Headstart and Edmonton Housing Authority. She served for many years as president of the board of International Social Service Canada.
She is also a person of deep faith. Taking leadership roles in the Edmonton Archdiocese throughout the years proved her commitment to the Catholic Church. She was once chair of the board of directors of WCR.
When asked what's her greatest pride and joy, Feehan readily said, "My family."
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