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Aug 21, 2019

10 Questions for a Visionary
Posted Friday, March 21, 2014 10:47 AM
Dr. Frank Deer stays connected to the U of M through his support of Aboriginal education

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.


What 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.


What 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.


Which living person do you most admire?

Aleksandr Karelin, the greatest Olympic athlete ever.


What is your vision of happiness?

Mino-pimatisiwin - the achievement of a healthy balance in life.


What do you dislike the most?

Restaurant butter that’s too cold. It tears your dinner roll apart every time you spread it!


If 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.


What’s your view on philanthropy?

I think of it as fighting the good fight so that future citizens don’t have to.


What is your proudest moment?

The birth of our son.


When 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.


What is your favourite pastime?

English football. Glory Glory to the Arsenal!

For more information, contact:
Marshall Wiebe
Donor Relations
Phone: (204) 474-8910