The Muriel Jarvis Award for Making a Positive Difference was established by the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA) in 1998 to celebrate an employee that exemplifies the qualities Muriel Jarvis demonstrated on a daily basis throughout her highly distinguished nursing career. These qualities include dedication, compassion, dignity, respect, commitment, tenacity, generosity, humour, excellence, determination, wisdom, inspiration and strength. This year’s winner demonstrates all of these qualities and more.

Dr. Marc Sheckter

Dr. Marc Sheckter

Dr. Marc Sheckter has been with the Saskatoon Health Region for 15 years.  He has worked as a psychologist with FIT For Active Living and Kinetik since his hire in 2002 and has been a senior psychologist since 2012. On June 9, 2016 he was presented with the Muriel Jarvis award by SRHA board member Gary Beaudin at the Career Milestones event in Saskatoon.

Who is Muriel Jarvis?
Muriel Jarvis grew up in Kenaston, Saskatchewan and went on to have a highly distinguished nursing career. She is a graduate of the Saskatoon City Hospital School of Nursing, received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from McGill University, and is a recipient of both the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and the YWCA Woman of Distinction award. She also received an Honourary Doctorate from Lutheran Theological Seminary, and has received awards of excellence from the Saskatchewan Gerontology Association and the Canadian Healthcare Association.

“In her career, Muriel touched thousands of people, literally and figuratively, directly and indirectly. The Muriel Jarvis Award preserves and promotes the many values which she lived daily in her work and volunteerism, and which I know she continues to hold dear,” says Dr. Sheckter. “I am tremendously honored to have my name associated with it and I’m also flattered beyond words in that this award is a peer-nominated and sponsored one.”

His peers have described him as compassionate and wise when dealing with clients who are experiencing difficulties and trying to cope, understanding that when clients display difficult behaviours, there may be a reason or a struggle the client is dealing with that is unknown to the team. Dr. Sheckter is also creative and tenacious when it comes to identifying barriers and collaborating on solutions to come at these problems a different way.

Dr. Sheckter’s professional activities include training and supervision of pre-doctoral residency students, and he serves on the committee that evaluates and ranks applicants from across Canada to complete their final year of PhD clinical training in Saskatoon. His work with students and provisionally registered psychologists is the professional activity in which he takes the most pride and satisfaction. Supervision of these students and new psychologists is integral in ensuring that the public is both protected and well-served through teaching of competent and ethical practice.

Dr. Sheckter is also active in healthcare community service, including:

  • serving on oral examination panels for the Registration Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists
  • providing lectures and workshops to frontline interdisciplinary healthcare providers on how to work effectively with challenging patients
  • providing lectures to University of Saskatchewan graduate students as well as Saskatoon Health Region pre-doctoral residents on professional identity development

True to form, Dr. Sheckter credits his colleagues with helping him become the professional he is.

“I cannot be successful in my work without great interdisciplinary collaboration and collegiality, and it means the world to me that eight of my colleagues at FIT for Active Living thought well enough of me to put forward their names and write letters on my behalf,” he says. “I am grateful and indebted to Cindi Pederson, who was my original nominator, and to John Marshall, Michelle Duchene, Natalie Doepker, Trevor Olson, Miranda Hall, Heather McKnight, and Natalie Pieczonka.”