Distinguished Alumni

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:

  1. Lifelong Christian Ministry
  2. Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
  3. Early Career Excellence - an individual who is 40 years or younger

Nominees Must:

  1. Be a graduate of one of Prairie's schools.
  2. Have made a significant contribution to the cause of Christ through Christian ministry or in their chosen career.
  3. Bear witness to Christ through a sincere walk with the Lord and exemplary Christian character.
  4. Be nominated by their peers.

Nomination Instructions

If you know someone who fits our criteria, please send your nomination to alumni@prairie.edu or mail it to PO Box 4000, Three Hills, AB  T0M 2N0, by May 15, 2017 with the following information:

  1. Nominee's name, address, and phone/email.
  2. Details as to why they should be considered for this award.
  3. Your name and contact details.


Distinguished Alumni 2016

Karl Janzen - Lifelong Christian Ministry

Karl Janzen graduated from Prairie in 1961, joining staff later that year and serving for ten years as teacher and Dean of Men. In 1963 he married Kathleen Hilde (’57) and God blessed them with three children. The Janzens left Prairie in 1971 for five years of ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Victoria, BC. From there they were commissioned for missionary service to Brazil, South America, and Angola, Africa, both Portuguese-speaking countries. After nearly thirty years of leadership development through seminary training, mainly in Brazil, they retired to active volunteer ministry in Vernon, BC, where Kathleen went home to be with the Lord in 2014.

Donna Humphries - Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement

Donna Humphries attended Prairie High School in 1945-46. She worked in the family business for a time and then entered The Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1953. After several years of working and preparing for further education, Donna completed her Masters degree at the University of Washington and accepted the position of Director of the Department of Obstetrical Nursing at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. In 1968 she became Director of the School of Nursing, a position which she held until retirement in 1989. Almost 2500 students graduated during her tenure and, says Donna, “they were twenty-one very satisfying years which I would not trade for anything.” 

John Carter - Early Career Excellence