2017 Recipients of the Order of Mary Ward Are Announced!

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After careful consideration, the Loretto Alumnae Board is pleased to announce this years’ Order of Mary Ward recipients. Our four recipients are highlighted below:

Lori Sherritt-Fleming


A graduate of Loretto Abbey, Lori Sherritt-Fleming is a natural and accomplished author, educator, playwright and performer. From a family of seanchai (shawn-a khee) or Irish storytellers, keepers of lore, she studied theatre both in Canada at Brock University and in Dublin at the Gaiety School of Acting. She founded the Tickle Trunk Players theatre for literacy troupe in Vancouver over a decade ago and continues to perform in and produce over eight original plays that inspire young readers and writers across the province.

She is a regular writer in residence in schools, publishes books with her publishing house, Tickle Trunk Publications, is a member of ArtStarts and president of Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society (CWILL BC). Her first picture book, aRHYTHMetic, was published in 2009. She is delighted to launch “Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On” in the fall of 2014 with Fitzhenry and Whiteside and loves to combine learning with literature and vice versa. Fusing a variety of artistic disciplines such as music, drama, visual and technological art in her workshops assures that all learning styles are addressed. Lori loves collaborative adventures that allow students to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and explore empathetic approaches to making the world a better place.

Read more about Lori Sherritt-Fleming here, on her blog.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming’s LinkedIn profile.




Indre Viskontas

A graduate of Loretto Abbey, Dr. Indre Viskontas is a Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She has published more than 40 original papers and book chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, in scientific journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Neuroscience, Current Opinion in Neurology and Nature: Clinical Practice. A passionate science communicator, Dr. Viskontas made her TV debut as co-host of Miracle Detectives, a six hour-long episode documentary series that aired on The Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011.

In 2014, she appeared in Monumental Mysteries on the Travel Channel and How to Win on the History Channel. Also in 2014, The Teaching Company released her 24-lecture course called 12 Essential Scientific Concepts as part of the Great Courses series. She currently co-hosts Inquiring Minds, a popular science podcast boasting more than 5 million downloads since inception. She is a sought after public speaker and an editor of the journal Neurocase. Her new lecture series entitled Brain Myths Exploded will be released by The Great Courses in 2017. Dr. Viskontas is also a professional musician, regularly performing opera and chamber music, serving as the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera, and founder and director of Vocallective. She is also the principal investigator of The Ensemble Project at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Learn more at Indre Viskontas' website.

Indre Viskontas' LinkedIn Profile.  




Kathleen O’Neill

Corporate Director, FCPA and FDC, ICD.D


Kathleen O’Neill is a chartered accountant (CPA) and an experienced corporate director. She is currently a director of Finning International Inc., ARC Resources Limited, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Invesco Canada. Kathleen was with BMO Bank of Montreal until January,2005 with her last role as Executive Vice President, Personal &Commercial Development & Head of Small Business Banking.  Prior to joining BMO Bank of Montreal in 1994, Ms. O’Neill was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Ms. O’Neill was designated a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCPA) in 1994 in recognition of her contribution to the profession and the community. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) education program for directors and is an Institute-certified director. Kathleen graduated from Loretto College School in Toronto in 1971.


Kathleen has been involved in the non-profit sector for over 35 years. She is Past Chair of both St Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation in Toronto. Kathleen was on the board of University of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and Chair of the Finance Committee. She was a member of the Archdiocese of Toronto Finance Council for 10 years. In addition, she has contributed to several other organizations including mentoring women for both the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and Women on Board.


Kathleen is active in her profession and is currently on the Ontario Advisory Council for the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a frequent speaker. She is a member of the Accounting Advisory Committee for the ICD and a member of the CPA Canada’s Corporate Oversight and Governance board.


In 2014,2015 and 2016, Kathleen was selected as one of the Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN and in 2009 received the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 award. Kathleen received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the University. She was recognized as Catholic Business Person of the Year in 2004 (the first woman to be recognized). Kathleen also received the Toronto Catholic District School Board – Alumni Award in 2004 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002.


Kathleen is married to Anthony Daley and they have four children and a grandchild.

Link to biography of Kathleen O'Neill.   



Sabrina Fuoco (posthumous)


In Sabrina’s own words, from her blog:  So, who exactly is cancer girl, you might wonder? Well, she’s just an ordinary person like you, the only difference is that she’s a five-time cancer survivor and now she’s faced with metastatic disease, so I guess that makes it 6 times that cancer has reared its nasty head. Yup, you read that correctly, six times! Cancer has been a part of my life since I was three years old. I’ve battled this grueling illness as a child, teenager and young adult. Naturally, I have so much to say on the subject, so I figured what better forum is there than this blog to share some of my stories, opinions, updates. research, and thoughts with all of you.


Of course, being who I am, I would also like to share my journey towards living life to the fullest and the path along the way, which will include information on cancer and anything cancer-related, and recipes too! (Anything healthy to help combat cancer, of course.) Essentially, this will be a journey of personal growth, acceptance, and loving life.


I’ve learned that living with metastatic cancer poses obstacles and challenges that are unique (and terrifying), especially for young adults. Although we must all face death at some point in our lives, I never expected to be doing so in my early thirties. I have so much life left to live, so many things I have yet to accomplish, and so many people that I don’t want to leave behind or hurt. I have been on both sides of the cancer coin, first as the glorified first stage cancer patient that makes it out scarred but, ultimately makes it out alive. The fourth stage cancer patient is what I like to refer to as the ‘black sheep’ of the cancer world. This is the patient that represents everything that is wrong with the medical system. We are the forgotten few. This must change! And I hope my blog can also serve as a forum for that change.


I want to share my journey with all of you. Whether you currently have cancer, are a cancer survivor, are living with metastatic/chronic/terminal cancer, are a caregiver to someone with cancer, are someone with a chronic or life-threatening illness, are interested in healthy living, or anyone that wants some inspiration to go on when things seem hopeless, then this blog is for you!


Also, don’t be surprised if there are fashion tidbits every so often that are related to looking and feeling great. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy tuning in to share in my healing journey with me. There will be tears and frustration at times, but ultimately there will be smiles because “cancer girl always smiles”.


Sabrina passed away on January 10, 2017. As such, the Order of Mary Ward will be awarded posthumously and presented to her family. She is an alumnae of Loretto Abbey.


Toronto Star Article: Five Separate Cancers. One tenacious Toronto Lawyer.

Sabrina’s website Cancer Girl Smiles




The Order of Mary Ward celebration will take place on Sunday October 1, 2017 at 11 am at Loretto Abbey in Toronto. The event will begin with Mass, followed by the OMW award presentation, with a reception to follow.

Reserve your spot and RSVP here on our Event Registration Page.