UWindsor’s most enduring student and supporter, Bernarda Camello-Doctor, has once again stepped up to help students get the most out of their education.
Camello-Doctor recently made a $50,000 donation to name the Professor Antonio P., Bernarda C. Doctor and Family Group Learning Suite in the Medical Education Building, adding to the dozens of contributions she has made during her long association with the University.
A UWindsor student for 55 years as well as a former member of faculty and a proud alumna (MEd 1984, Spec Ed D 1986, CRS 1999), Camello-Doctor has been an active member of the campus community and is presently a vice-president of the Organization of Part-time University Students, a sponsor for Syrian refugees, and a mentor to international students, among other positions.
She came to Windsor from her native Philippines in 1959 to teach nursing at Hotel Dieu Hospital, joined later joined by her husband, Antonio Doctor, a professor of visual arts in the UWindsor program until his retirement in 1996.
Camello-Doctor is a familiar face on campus—whether providing cookie therapy to students during exam time or her extensive involvement with the Organization of Part-time University Students, the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance, the International Students Society and the Alumni Association—she has been recognized consistently for her dedication to education.
She founded the KidsCare Philippines Education Service Centre in 2003 to provide at-risk children in Manila with assistance to pursue schooling, including health and hygiene needs, food and clothing, and has volunteered with such organizations as the St. Anne’s Parish Youth Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul International, the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, and the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society.
The lifelong learner and teacher was recognized in 2012 with a Going the Extra Mile (GEM) award from the student affairs office for her efforts to mentor international students, and in 2013 with the Caring Canadian Award from Governor General David Johnston.
The Prof. Antonio P., Bernarda C. Doctor and Family Group Learning Suite is located in room 1111 of the Medical Education Building.