In March of each year, members of the
University of Manitoba community are encouraged to take their support of
students one step further. By making gifts through our Faculty, Staff and
Retirees campaign, our campus community affirms its strong commitment to our
future trailblazers, visionaries and innovators. In this issue we meet Dr.
Frank Deer [BEd/99, MEd/03], Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education,
whose connections with the University of Manitoba run deep.
keeps you close to the University of Manitoba?
Might be too easy to say “my job”, but I
moved to Winnipeg in 1994 and the University of Manitoba has been a part of my
life in a variety of ways ever since. I graduated with an undergraduate degree
in education in 1999 and completed a master’s degree in education in 2003. I
was also a member of the University of Manitoba’s varsity wrestling team with
whom I was an all-Canadian in 1996. After completing my final degree, a PhD
with a focus on indigenous issues in education from the University of
Saskatchewan in 2008, I was fortunate to return to Winnipeg and assume a professorial
position with the Faculty of Education.
is your favourite class to teach at the University of Manitoba?
My favourite class is the undergraduate
course titled “Aboriginal Perspectives and the Curriculum”. I am committed to
initial teacher education and driven by the notion that all new teachers should
have a strong background in indigenous content.
living person do you most admire?
Aleksandr Karelin, the greatest Olympic
is your vision of happiness?
Mino-pimatisiwin - the achievement of a healthy balance in life.
do you dislike the most?
Restaurant butter that’s too cold. It
tears your dinner roll apart every time you spread it!
you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
That social justice would inform the
development of a new equity within the human condition that empowers all people
to realize a state of healthy and sustainable well-being.
your view on philanthropy?
I think of it as fighting the good fight
so that future citizens don’t have to.
is your proudest moment?
The birth of our son.
are you the most happy?
When my family is happy with me. It
doesn’t matter what we’re doing, so long as we’re together.
is your favourite pastime?
English football. Glory Glory to the