Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award - 2012 Recipient
The Honourable Andrew J. Scheer has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award. The award was presented at Christian Community Day, October 5, 2012, and accepted by Andrew's parents, Deacon Jim Scheer and Mary Scheer. Andrew attended Holy Cross School and Immaculata High School before moving on to his post-secondary endeavours. He and his wife Jill now live in Regina, Saskatchewan with their four children, Thomas, Grace, Madeline, and Henry.
At the Ottawa Convention Centre on October 5, 2012 for Christian Community Day. From left to right: Julian Hanlon, Director of Education; Deacon Jim Scheer; Mary Scheer, Trustee Kathy Ablett; Denise Andre, Deputy Director of Education; Mark D. Mullan, Board Chairperson; Ted Hurley, Vice-ChairpersonMr. Scheer was elected Speaker of the House of Commons for the 41st Parliament on June 2, 2011. He is the fourth Speaker to be chosen by a secret ballot cast by his fellow Members of the House of Commons. Born in 1979, he is also the youngest Speaker of the House in Canadian history. Mr. Scheer was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He studied history and politics at the University of Ottawa (where he received his Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Regina. Interested in politics at a young age, Mr. Scheer worked for the Leader of the Opposition while he was still a student in Ottawa. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Scheer joined the constituency office of Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer, in Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre. Mr. Scheer was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Regina—Qu'Appelle. He was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. During the 39th Parliament he served as the Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. During the 40th Parliament he served as the Deputy Speaker. Biography and Photo Courtesy of the Parliament of Canada