Colleen Anne Dell, a professor of sociology and Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness, has been named a member of the Order of St. John.
In recognition of her research and community work involving animal-assisted interventions, Dell was admitted into the order on June 24 at a ceremony at the Senate of Canada in Ottawa.
Dell travels regularly with her three St. John Ambulance registered therapy dogs to the university, to addictions treatment facilities and to criminal justice institutions to study how interactions with animals can improve human wellness.
The Order of St. John—also known by its full name, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem—is part of the Canadian Honours System that also includes the Order of Canada and the Order of Merit. It recognizes devoted humanitarian service carried out by individuals working with St. John Ambulance in Canada.
Colleen Dell was promoted to Officer (Investiture Ceremony) to The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (The Order of St. John) for her continued humanitarian work in animal assisted interventions. This honour was officially sanctioned by His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada on April 30, 2022. Official ceremony at Government House in Regina October 15, 2022.
Pictured here with Lieutenant Governor of SK and Vice Prior for the Order of St. John and fellow therapy dog handlers and dogs.
Colleen Dell was appointed as Member (Investiture Recipient) to The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (The Order of St. John) for humanitarian work in animal assisted interventions. This honour was officially sanctioned by His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada on September 7, 2016. Official ceremony at the Senate of Canada on June 24, 2017.
December 1, 2016: Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, DStJ, SOM, SVM, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and St John Ambulance Saskatchewan Council, along with St John Ambulance Chancellor Phil Clarke, presented the St John Ambulance Canada Priority Vote of Thanks to Dr. Dell and her team for going above and beyond in their Therapy Dog research program work with St John Ambulance. Dr. Dell also received a Priority Vote of Thanks in 2014.