Distinguished Alumni 2017
Dr. George Durance – Lifelong Christian Ministry
Durance returned to Canada in 1997 to become the president of Ambrose University College. During his twelve-year tenure, he not only helped reposition the school as a liberal arts university, but also relocated it to another province and built a new campus. His distinguished service earned George the honorary title of Ambrose President Emeritus. Toccoa Falls College in Georgia presented him with the Distinguished Contribution to Higher Education award, and he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the educational community.
Dr. Durance is currently the president of TeachBeyond, an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults. He has helped cast a new vision and seen the work grow significantly. A former member of Prairie’s Board of Directors, George is married to Beverley and they have three married children and ten grandchildren.
Dr. Lorne Rabuka – Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
He was also physician to the Northern Canada Evangelical Mission for 20 years and served on their Board of Directors, and has participated with his wife at numerous summer camps throughout the province as speaker and physician. Lorne preaches regularly at his own church, Prince Albert Alliance, where he has taught Sunday school for many years and been the music and choir leader and played organ and piano. He has held membership in the Gideons since 1974, served on Prairie’s Board of Directors under several presidents, and was on the board of the Nipawin Bible School for one term.
As a member of the Board of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, Dr. Rabuka served on sub-committees that advocated with the government on behalf of doctors and their patients and presented issues such as ethics, obstetrics, emergency medicine and gun control to the Canadian Medical Association in Ottawa. Throughout his career, Lorne has learned that obedience is more important than success, that loving God is more enjoyable than serving self, and that all things do work together in God’s kingdom.
Graham Watt – Early Career Excellence
He is now part of the National Leadership Team of P2C, serving as National Creative Communications Director. Graham ministers to college students all over Canada and in many other countries around the world and has led numerous mission trips.
Using the latest technology to impact today’s students, Graham has helped develop innovative ways to spread the message of Jesus, creating a tool for Christians to share their own personal stories online. He also oversees the websites and social media of P2C, develops small group resources and works to create marketing for the organization. Graham is a leader in running conferences in Canada to help students become equipped for a lifetime of ministry.
He earned his Master’s in Theological Studies from Heritage Theological Seminary and is working to complete a Doctorate in Leadership at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. His research project has been investigating what helps and hinders a Christian student in sharing the gospel with others. Graham is married to Jennifer and they live with their three children in Guelph, Ontario.
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Criteria
Prairie College wishes to honour and recognize three alumni who personify Prairie's values and have translated their educational experience into distinguished achievement in Christian ministry or the professional world.
One alumnus will be recognized in each of the following areas:
If you know someone who fits our criteria, please send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to PO Box 4000, Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0, by May 15, 2017 with the following information: