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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

For Immediate Release: Oct. 15, 2002

Dalton Camp Lecture Series - June Callwood

[Fredericton] – The first annual Dalton K. Camp lecture series will begin with journalist and social activist June Callwood. The topic of her lecture, "Best Game in Town" will discuss her lifelong passion – the profession of journalism.

"I will be outlining the parameters of a love story. The more I think about journalism, and the more I reflect on my own sixty-one years as a journalist, the more it seems that I lucked into the very finest line of work on the planet," says Callwood.

Callwood began her prolific freelance career writing magazine pieces, many of them for Maclean's magazine. Her first books, A Woman Doctor Looks at Life and Love and Love, Hate, Fear and Anger were published in 1950s. The publishing contacts she established with those works led to books on several prominent Americans including Charles Mayo, Otto Preminger and Barbara Walters.

Callwood's journalism spilled beyond print to television when, from 1975 to 1978, she hosted the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program, In Touch. More recently, she has acted as interviewer on VisionTV's National Treasures and has compiled a number of these interviews into a book entitled June Callwood's National Treasures. Caregiving with June Callwood is a recent series of television programs the journalist co-hosted to help those who are caring for family members.

Callwood's journalism career has been marked by compassion and a strong concern for social justice, especially on issues affecting children and women. Despite her busy writing schedule, she has founded or helped to found over 50 social action organizations. These include Digger House, a youth hostel; Nellie's hostel for women; Jessie's, a centre for teenage parents; Casey House Hospice for those with AIDS; PEN Canada; the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Feminists Against Censorship. This extensive volunteer work has been recognized by many honours – including three Orders of Canada. Callwood was made a Member in 1978, an Officer in 1986 and a Companion in 2001.

"Dalton Camp exemplified the best that journalism can be: he was a decent person, an informed person, a fine writer," noted Callwood who was a long-time colleague and friend.

The Dalton K. Camp Lecture Series will be delivered by a prominent journalist each fall on the campus of St. Thomas University. The lecture series is a partnership between the University and the CBC radio program Ideas, whose host will attend the lecture and moderate both the speech and the question and answer session for national broadcast on CBC Radio.

The lecture series is part of the Dalton K. Camp Endowment in Journalism, a $1.5 million initiative to recognize Dalton Camp's significant contribution to excellence in Canadian journalism and to enhance the education of journalism students. The endowment will fund a number of activities within the journalism program including a Journalist in Residence and scholarships, bursaries and internships for students.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 23, 2002 in Ted Daigle Auditorium on the St. Thomas campus. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522