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Mary Kuntz named recipient of Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award

Mary Kuntz named recipient of Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award

Date: Friday, May 03, 2019

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Dr. Katherine Bergman, President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership is local philanthropist and community supporter, Mary Kuntz.


Mary Kuntz has been an active leader behind the scenes in Waterloo Region for decades. Along with her late husband, Bobby Kuntz, through Kuntz Electroplating Inc., and in her personal capacity, Mary has been a strong advocate for volunteerism throughout the community, providing financial support to numerous organizations and community development initiatives. Over the years Mary has supported St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals, United Way of Waterloo Region, YWCA- Mary’s Place, and Carizon Family and Community Services (formerly Catholic Family Counselling). Mary has also taken an active role fundraising for the Resurrectionists’ building of their Resurrection Manor, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Parkinson’s Society, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and her parish church, St. Francis. Mary has served on the boards of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, and the Catholic Family Counselling Centre (now Carizon Family and Community Services).


An advocate for new community initiatives and local businesses, Mary and the Kuntz Family (notably Bob and Paul), were lead supporters of the One Voice, One Vision Campaign for the hospitals. More recently, Mary, through her association with her husband-to-be, Merv Redman, became a champion for Hospice of Waterloo Region’s capital campaign, actively campaigning for the construction of the building of the first palliative care centre in the City of Waterloo.


Upon learning that she would be this year’s Sweeney Award recipient, Mary was “humbled beyond belief,” stating that she is very “proud to be a part of the St. Jerome’s Community.” A strong supporter of students and Catholic education, Mary has always advocated for the importance of student scholarships, and helping those less fortunate. After the passing of her daughter, Suzanne Kuntz Forth, who was a high school science teacher, Mary set up a bursary in her name to commemorate her daughter’s rich life in education. “Mary’s legacy of informed kindness and service to others has left a lasting impact on our community and the people she has touched,” says Dr. Bergman. “Her selfless service to numerous organizations along with her sense of informed kindness and humility makes Mary ideally suited to receive this award.”


St. Jerome’s University is honoured to recognize Mary Kuntz as the recipient of the 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, where she will be presented the award at the annual Feast of St. Jerome in October. All net proceeds from the event are in support of the St. Jerome’s University annual student scholarship fund.


Find out more about the 2019 Feast of St. Jerome here


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