Newman Theological College
Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

Joyce Tutt named to receive NTC’s Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

Edmonton, July 11, 2016 – Joyce Tutt, a tireless supporter of Catholic charitable causes and a passionate volunteer in her parish and community, is being honoured by Newman Theological College as this year’s recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.

The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.

Joyce worked for more than 15 years with the Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College, which raises the funds that enable these institutions to carry out their missions of theological education and priestly formation. In retirement, she has continued to share her infectious enthusiasm as a volunteer at the Newman Classic golf tournament and the Faith, Family and Fun Run/Walk. She is also a great cook who shares her expertise in the kitchen with small groups of seminarians each year.

With characteristic humility, Joyce credits her parents for setting the example of generous service to church and community. As a teenager, she served as president of her local Catholic Youth Organization and worked bingos for the church, and then went on to volunteer as a Big Sister to a troubled 12-year-old young offender. At the parish level, she has served in a variety of roles, including Sunday school committee, counting and recording donations, lector, liturgy committee, and RCIA sponsor.

Joyce has also volunteered with the Friars of Edmonton, the Franciscans of Western Canada, and the Cornerstone of Faith building campaign. She has served on the local and national boards of the Elizabeth Fry Society, on the board of the Alberta Association of Fund Raising Executives, and on the executive committee of the Edmonton Roundtable, Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Joyce and her husband, Stu, have also contributed hundreds of hours for Habitat for Humanity, helping families build and own new homes.

Many people in the Edmonton area have become better communicators because of Joyce, who is well known as an engaging public speaker.  She first took the Christopher Leadership Training Course in 1987, and went on to several leadership roles in the organization. In 2009, she was honoured with a Life Membership for her 20 years of service. She has also shared her communications skills by tutoring Vietnamese seminarians in conversational English. 

Mary Molloy, who nominated Joyce for the Carr Award, has served with her on several volunteer committees. “What inspired me the most working with Joyce was her positive attitude and finding ways to resolve differences,” Mary wrote in her nomination letter. “She was always willing to listen, to reflect and collaboratively find a solution.”

Another nominator, Sister Anne Rajotte CSJ, said Joyce seemed to be able to discover and support causes that would help make Edmonton a better place. When they served together teaching the Christopher Leadership Course, Sister Anne found Joyce “a truly Christian example of love and support, both for us as team members and for the students in the class.” 

Joyce will be honoured at the 13th Annual Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award Luncheon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Santa Maria Goretti Hall at 11:30 am.


What is the purpose of the award?

The Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award exists to recognize and honour a layperson or laypersons whose outstanding Christian Leadership reflects the mission and values of Newman Theological College and the qualities that Kevin Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as President.

Who is eligible to receive the award?

Any layperson(s) who has provided significant leadership toward creating a Christian culture, and whose leadership efforts have had a positive and lasting impact in western and northern Canada.

Who is eligible to nominate?

Nominations are invited from individuals, businesses, organizations and community groups.

How do I nominate someone for the award?

Simply fill out the official nomination form and attach it to the support material described in the brochure. Please refer to the checklist at the end of the brochure to ensure all items have been completed and are included in your nomination package.  Contact Michelle Maxwell at for more information.

Previous Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award Recipients

2015 Recipient - Glen Argan
2014 Recipient - Marc Barylo
2013 Recipient - Mary Molloy
2012 Recipient - Dr. Kae Neufeld
2011 Recipient - Ms. Rosanna Saccomani, Q.C.
2010 Recipient - Mr. Ben Hochhausen
2009 Recipient - Sr. Annata Brockman
2008 Recipient - Mr. Don Zinyk
2007 Recipient - Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
2006 Recipient - Mr. Tim Spelliscy
2005 Recipient - Mr. Ernest Chauvet
2004 Recipient - The Honourable Jean Forest