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Geraldine Sweet

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Geraldine Sweet

(40 years)

By Jo Snyder

"She was rarely stuck for an opinion, or the moxie to make it known," said her colleague Geography Professor Bill Rannie. Indeed, Gerri Sweet's charmingly bold demeanour and energetic spirit made her a well-loved and highly engaged professor. Sweet taught high school in England and then in Canada before coming to The University of Winnipeg in 1977. She completed her BA at Western University in London Ontario, then her Master's at McMaster in Hamilton. Her Master's thesis involved the morphology of karst features in Newfoundland. She continued her work on karst in the Interlake in Manitoba and has presented her research at conferences all over the world. She is a member of the Speleological societies of Manitoba and the United States.

Another side of Sweet is her superb service to governance here at the University. She has sat on 23 different committees, many of them for many years. She has acted as the treasurer of the faculty association, served as grievance officer, and served on the FCASS committee. She has been one of the most active faculty advisors for first-year students. Sweet's generosity for volunteer service spilled outside of the university as well. She was a volunteer text book reader for CNIB, a perennial United Way representative and a fundraiser for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, to name only a few of her community service endeavours. Her love of horses lead her to be just as active on committees in the equestrian community.

Students will fondly remember Sweet as a teacher and a mentor. Among Sweet's fondest memories are field trips with the students up to Churchill, having the fortune of being part of a sometimes outdoor department. Sweet will not leave the University entirely, teaching her science labs here at the University in the fall and winter of this year. Hopefully her post-retirement work will still leave her with enough time to ride her horses and spend time working on the yard of her new home. Happy trails Geraldine!

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