St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer 2019 Honorary Doctorate to Dianne Doyle

Vancouver, BC – May 24, 2019. St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce Dianne Doyle – a widely recognized and respected champion of Catholic healthcare, leader in the governance of non-profits and an advocate of the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society – will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters.

The degree will be conferred by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver and Chancellor of St. Mark’s College, at the College’s upcoming Convocation, to be held at the College Chapel on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM.

Dianne is a recognized leader within the Catholic community having spent over 11 years as President and CEO of Providence Health Care, one of Canada’s largest Catholic Health Care organizations. Providence serves Vancouver and BC through its  clinics, seniors  homes and hospitals including the  academically renown St. Paul’s Hospital.

Dianne’s value based leadership contributed to a culture of compassion and social justice. During her tenure, clinicians and researchers at Providence Health Care made a significant impact on the health and well-being of many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society bringing innovation to the care of frail seniors and those suffering with HIV, mental illness, and addictions.

A provincial and national advocate for Catholic Health Care and the integration of social justice into the health system, Dianne has been Director and Chair of several Catholic Health Associations. She consistently articulates Catholic Health Care as a ministry of the church, aimed at continuing the  healing ministry of Jesus and ensuring care for the most vulnerable.

Dianne has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. Her health leadership credentials include a Fellowship from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Dianne has been recognized with a number of awards including: Canada’s Top 100 Most  Powerful Women, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s Award of Distinction the Canadian College of Health Leaders Award of Excellence, UBC School of Nursing Centenary Medal and Catholic Health Alliance of Canada Lifetime Achievement.

Dianne is always quick to state that nothing is accomplished in isolation, and any achievements attributed to her are the result of collaboration and team work.


St. Mark's College is a member of the Community of St. Mark's at UBC, which comprises St. Mark's College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark's Parish. As the affiliated Catholic Theological College of the University of British Columbia (UBC), St. Mark's College offers a variety of academic programs and continuing education opportunities for Catholics and non-Catholics. Together with Corpus Christi College, St. Mark's College is a centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate Catholic education in British Columbia.

St. Mark's is committed to promoting an authentic Christian humanism, marked by the pursuit of academic excellence and animated by the joy of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge. The College prepares graduates who continually strive to integrate and synthesize faith and reason so that they will serve society charged with a commitment to think rigorously, to act justly and to serve faithfully.

The College offers programs that are grounded in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, including a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture for aspiring Catholic teachers; Master's degrees in Religious Education, Theological Studies, Pastoral Studies and Catholic Leadership; and engaging public lectures and professional development opportunities addressing faith leading to understanding.


Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
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