Dr. Geraldine “Gerri” Dickson
Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique
1973–1975, 1977–1979, 1981–1983
When Dr. Gerri Dickson was 27, she and her husband Dr. Murray Dickson travelled to Nigeria for their first volunteer placement with Cuso International. Committed to cross-cultural and international development work, the couple returned to CUSO twice to volunteer in Papua New Guinea and Mozambique.
With Gerri’s expertise in nursing, public health and community health—as well as Murray’s experience as a dentist—the couple made a measurable impact on the lives they touched on the ground.
Gerri’s dynamic career in healthcare led her to teach at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing. It was there that Gerri helped plan the Training for Health Renewal Program (THRP), which saw the university partner with the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. Later, Gerri moved to Massinga, Mozambique to direct the THRP program from the rural health training centre that the program had built!
Gerri received the Global Citizen Award from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation in 2003, the J.G. Ivany Internationalization Award in 2004, and was named one of 100 Alumni of Influence as part of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centennial celebration.
When she passed away on August 10, 2016, the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing established the Dr. Gerri Dickson Leadership in Reconciliation Award in her memory.