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Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
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For Immediate Release: July 18, 2002

St. Thomas University – Honourary fellows

(Fredericton ] – St. Thomas University will honour two New Brunswickers who have contributed to the advancement and standards in education and social work by conferring them with the Honourary Fellow distinction at its summer convocation on July 24, 2002.

The University will recognize Dr. Marie MacBeath as one of its two honorary fellows this year. An outstanding advocate of education, she passionately believes in the philosophy, "tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand." This philosophy lies behind her inexhaustible efforts to expand, promote and attract people of all ages to Science East, an interactive science centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Dr. MacBeath graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick. Early in her career she worked as a research chemist in Montreal and England and as a high school science teacher. Dr. MacBeath received the Chemical Institute of Canada's (CIC) Union Carbide Award for the teaching of chemistry.

In 1964, she visited science centres in Europe and North America and wrote a comprehensive report on their successful interactive exhibits. This report was used to develop displays at the Ontario Science Centre. In 1967, she received a Ph. D. in chemistry, specializing in photochemistry and spectroscopy and taught physical chemistry at UNB. She received the 1983 UNB Merit Award for course development and teaching.

Dr. MacBeath gave papers and chaired symposia at Chemical Institute of Canada's (CIC) Chemical Society of Canada's (CSC) annual conferences and published numerous scientific papers. She served as Chair of the Atlantic Section of the CIC and National Chair of the Chemical Education Division of the CIC and was elected Fellow of the CIC in 1984.

On retirement, Dr. MacBeath wrote and presented 26 television segments for children on science and produced a 13 part series which featured science professors explaining their work. Dr. MacBeath also developed and ran week long live-in science camps for children at her summer home for a number of years.

In 1994, Dr. MacBeath was a founding member of Science East Association Inc. and has worked hard to develop its exhibits. In 2002, Dr. MacBeath won the prestigious Michael J. Smith Award for individuals or groups who make an outstanding contribution to the promotion of Science in Canada.

St. Thomas will also acknowledge Normand Doucet, MA, for his longstanding contribution to the profession of social work and his role in medical social work and psychiatric social work in hospitals in Moncton.

Mr. Doucet began his career at the Children's Aid Society in Saint John, New Brunswick working in child protection and with young offenders. He then moved to the Moncton Family and Children's Services where he researched and developed programs for those working with families with multiple problems and then with the Department of Education, School District 15, evaluating children with emotional issues where he helped to ensure that children received needed services.

In 1963, Mr. Doucet received his Master of Social Work from the Maritime School of Social Work. He revitalized and expanded the Social Work Department at the Moncton City Hospital and was instrumental in developing the Department of Social Work at the Georges Dumont Hospital. He was the founding Director of the School of Social Work at the Université de Moncton where he established the Bachelor of Social Work programme and developed a field education programme and established a certificate in social work at the university. He continued teaching at the Université de Moncton until his retirement a few years ago.

His professional affiliations include, among others, serving as a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Westmorland Federal Institution; the continuing Education Committee of Dalhousie University; the Child Abuse Committee; the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Social Work Education (in its early years); and, the John Howard Society. He was also a founding member of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers in 1963, then served as treasurer and vice president (1963 - 65) and as Chapter President in Moncton (1993 - 1994).

Honorary fellows are selected because of their contribution to social welfare; educational policies; the advancement of social work applications and its standards; and, public school education.

St. Thomas University will graduate students in Education, Social Work, Arts and Applied Arts at its Summer Convocation to be held in the University's courtyard at 7 p.m. on July 24, 2002.

For more information please contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca