25 Years: Saskatchewan Order of Merit

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The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Since its inception in 1985, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit has celebrated our most extraordinary citizens, people who have had a tremendous impact in our province. The Order’s first honorary member, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, described it as “a fellowship of those who have given of their best to Saskatchewan society.” Indeed, the achievements of members of the Order are profound. The Order enables us publicly to thank deserving individuals for their commitment and excellence. It allows us to celebrate visionaries and leaders who are inspiring examples of what can be accomplished. I am grateful to those who founded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit 25 years ago, to all who have submitted a nomination, and to the dedicated members of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council. Thank you, one and all, for maintaining the integrity of this most prestigious honour. Finally, I wish to thank the distinguished members of the Order for giving so much, to so many.

Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart Lieutenant Governor


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On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, it gives me great pleasure to recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. As our province’s highest honour, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the social, cultural and economic well-being of our province and its residents. For a quarter century, many deserving individuals have been made members of this esteemed Order, which is of such significance that recipients are entitled to wear their insignia on national occasions. As Premier of Saskatchewan, I offer congratulations to all the members of the Order and pay tribute to the excellence, creativity and innovation that are the hallmark of our province, that the Order so superbly recognizes each year, and will for many years to come.

Brad Wall Premier


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The Provincial Secretary For 25 years the Saskatchewan Order of Merit has allowed our province to recognize and thank our significant individuals. In this anniversary year, we commemorate a quarter century of excellence, innovation, creativity and compassion. We also honour our history, and celebrate and promote the diversity and character of our province. True to Saskatchewan’s motto Multis e gentibus vires, Latin for From Many Peoples Strength, the backgrounds of the members of the Order are as diverse as their contributions, their communities and the impact on the lives of their fellow citizens. I can think of no better example of the Saskatchewan spirit than the members of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, including the 12 remarkable people who were invested in the Order by the Lieutenant Governor on the occasion of the Order’s 25th anniversary. Each member has made great contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Saskatchewan and is truly deserving of our province’s highest honour. As Provincial Secretary, I warmly congratulate all the members of the Order and express my gratitude for their generous contributions to our province.

Donna Harpauer Provincial Secretary



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Celebrating Excellence Established in 1985, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit is a prestigious recognition of excellence, achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province and its residents. The Order highlights exceptional merit in such endeavours as the arts, agriculture, business and industry, community leadership, the occupations or professions, public service, research, sport and recreation, and community service. It takes precedence over all other provincial honours and awards. The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan is Chancellor and a member of the Order and invests recipients in the name of the Crown at an annual investiture.

Nominations Any Canadian citizen who is a current or former long-term resident of Saskatchewan is eligible for nomination for the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, with the exception of elected members of Parliament or the Legislature or members of the judiciary, while still holding office. Posthumous nominations may be accepted within a year of the death of the nominee. Honorary membership in the Order can be bestowed on distinguished persons who are not residents of Saskatchewan or Canadian citizens. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was invested as the first honorary member in 2001 and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex was invested as the second in 2006.




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Insignia of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit Designed in 1985, the medal of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit is made of silver and enamel in the form of a stylized western lily, the provincial floral emblem introduced in 1941. The Saskatchewan shield of arms, granted by King Edward VII in 1906, is superimposed on the lily and is surmounted by the St. Edward’s Crown, symbol of the reigning monarch. Male members of the Order wear the medal suspended by a neck ribbon and female members may choose to wear either a neck ribbon or a bow. Members also receive a miniature of the medal. Members of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit may wear the miniature of the medal on formal evening attire in addition to the neck ribbon, when suspended with other miniatures. Miniatures are suspended from a medal bar with other miniatures of orders, decorations and medals and follow the proper order of precedence. When medals are not worn, members of the Order may wear a lapel pin, a stylized lily surmounted by the St. Edward’s Crown. In 2005, to mark Saskatchewan’s Centennial, the design of the medal of the Order was changed to incorporate the provincial motto, Multis e gentibus vires (From Many Peoples Strength), taken from the Saskatchewan coat of arms granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. The motto is inscribed on a red circle surrounding the shield of arms on the medal. At the same time, the ribbon of the Order was changed from the 1985 design of green with a central gold stripe to gold with a central green stripe. Gold and green have been Saskatchewan’s official colours since the granting of the shield of arms in 1906. Members of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit also receive a certificate in the form of Letters Patent. This bears the insignia of the Order and the Great Seal of the Province of Saskatchewan, which incorporates the coat of arms of 1986 and the name of the reigning monarch. The Letters Patent are signed by the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, the Attorney General and the Provincial Secretary.



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1985 Recipients Hilda Allen, S.O.M., C.D.A. (1906 - 1986)

Born in England, Hilda Allen commenced a long and distinguished career in the theatre in Saskatchewan in the late 1920s, as a singer in operettas and musicals. She turned to acting with the Regina Little Theatre and other groups in the 1930s, and began directing plays during the Second World War. She won a number of awards in the Dominion and Saskatchewan Drama Festivals; continued acting; and travelled throughout the province adjudicating drama productions and encouraging actors and directors, young and old. She directed largescale musicals for the IODE and played a role in a film for Expo 86. Mrs. Allen’s best‑known achievement was The Trial of Louis Riel – a dramatic production she staged every summer from 1967 to 1985 at Government House in Regina. In 1985, Mrs. Allen organized a Heritage Year tour of the production to communities throughout Saskatchewan.


1985 Recipients Mildred Baldwin, S.O.M. (1908 - 1999)

Mildred Baldwin was born in North Dakota in 1908. She began a 35 year teaching career in Yorkton in 1933, where she taught several grades and was Principal of Fairview School. Miss Baldwin was a leader in the Girl Guides movement from 1922, the Yorkton Music Festival Association from 1933, the University Women’s Club from 1965, and Westview United Church, where she was Clerk of Session. She served on the executives of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation for 12 years and of the Yorkton Housing Authority for 10 years. After retirement in 1969, Miss Baldwin spent a year and a half in Zambia teaching English to a group of Zambian women for no remuneration. She created her own tutoring project in Yorkton, personally teaching a mentally challenged child, a psychiatric patient, and a refugee woman. Mildred Baldwin was chosen as Yorkton’s citizen of the year in 1985.


1985 Recipients Dr. Jacob A. Brown,

C.M., S.O.M.

(1926 - 1992)

Jacob Brown was born in Swift Current. He received degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and North Dakota State University, and his doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minneapolis. He was Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan from 1974 to 1985. Dr. Brown was also a farmer; a senior civil servant in the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture; member of several provincial and federal commissions on agriculture and irrigation; chairman of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Board, the Saskatchewan Farm Ownership Board, and the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation; commissioner of the Saskatchewan Land Bank Commission; member of the Economic Council of Canada; chairman of the Science Council of Saskatchewan; president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society; and chairman of the provincial Task Force on Rural Development. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1987.


1985 Recipients The Honourable T.C. Douglas,

P.C., C.C., S.O.M., D.C.L., LL.D.

(1904 - 1986)

Thomas Clement Douglas, born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of six, settling in Manitoba. Mr. Douglas was educated at Brandon College, McMaster University, and the University of Chicago. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1930 and called to a church in Weyburn. He was first elected to political office in 1935 as a CCF Member of Parliament for Weyburn. In 1944 Mr. Douglas left federal politics to become leader of the CCF in Saskatchewan; he led the party to its first victory in Canada the same year. He was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. During this period, Mr. Douglas helped place Saskatchewan in the forefront of social advances in North America, including highway development, cooperatives, rural electrification and public health care, culminating with the introduction of medicare. In 1961 Mr. Douglas resigned to lead the federal New Democratic Party, a position he held until 1971. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1981 and made a Privy Councillor in 1984.


1985 Recipients Dr. Frederick J. Gathercole,


(1908 - 1993)

Frederick Gathercole was born in Broadview, Saskatchewan. After teacher training at the Regina Normal School, he went on to degrees at Queen’s University, the University of Manitoba (where he was gold medallist in education), and the University of Toronto, where he received his doctorate. Dr. Gathercole taught at rural schools in Saskatchewan, was vice-principal and principal at elementary schools in Regina, and taught at teachers’ colleges in Regina and Saskatoon. He was superintendent of public elementary schools in Saskatoon from 1950 to 1966 and director of education for elementary and secondary schools from then until 1973. In addition to many professional associations and research projects, Dr. Gathercole was deeply involved in health care, community leadership and church activities. He was chairman of the Saskatchewan Alcoholism Commission and chairman of the Board of Governors of the University Hospital in Saskatoon. He was named Saskatoon’s citizen of the year in 1973.


1985 Recipients Allen Sapp, O.C., S.O.M. Allen Sapp was born on the Red Pheasant Reserve near The Battlefords in 1928, where his grandfather was a prominent Cree elder. He had little formal education, but began drawing at an early age. His life on the reserve, where he was involved in farming, woodcutting and hunting, provided the characteristic themes of his paintings. In 1961, Mr. Sapp moved to North Battleford and established his first modest studio. From 1966, with the help of Dr. Allan Gonor and his wife Ruth, Mr. Sapp sold his paintings to professional dealers and undertook a number of successful exhibitions in Canada, England and the U.S.A., quickly establishing an international reputation. In 1975 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been featured in a number of documentary films and is the subject of two books, A Cree Life: The Art of Allen Sapp (1977) and Two Spirits Soar (1990); and is the author of I Heard the Drums (1996). The Government of Saskatchewan presented one of his paintings to Princess Margaret in 1980, Celebrate Saskatchewan Year. Allen Sapp was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986.


1985 Recipients George C. Solomon, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

(1913 - 1994)

Born in Regina, George Solomon was raised and educated in that city. He soon established a successful business career and took an active role in volunteer, charitable and community activities. He was president of Western Limited, a real estate and investment firm; a director of International Paints (Canada) Ltd., Inter-City Gas, Ocelot Industries, and Westank Willock. Mr. Solomon was instrumental in the formation of several businesses, among them IPSCO, Central Canada Distillers, and Western Tractor. He served as vice-chairman of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation and a director of some major Canadian corporations. Mr. Solomon was active in the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the YMCA, the Vanier Institute of the Family, the CKCK Children’s Fund, the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, and the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Regina in 1980.


1985 Recipients Dr. Phyllis L. Steele, C.M., S.O.M. (1910 - 1988)

Phyllis Steele was born in Entwhistle, Alberta. She undertook medical studies at a time when women were a rarity in medical schools, graduating from the University of Alberta in 1934. Dr. Steele moved to Saskatchewan in 1935, establishing a practice in the Marquis area. She was appointed a provincial coroner in 1936. Dr. Steele bought a medical practice in Balcarres in 1939 and remained in family practice there until her retirement in 1980. She first opened a 13‑bed hospital in a house in the town, and later was instrumental in the building of a modern hospital in 1951. Dr. Steele also led a successful campaign for senior citizens’ housing, culminating in the construction of Parkland Lodge in 1959 and a Senior Citizens’ Enriched Housing Unit in 1985. She served several terms as a Town Councillor in Balcarres and was named Citizen of the Year in 1973. In 1986 she celebrated a record 50 years as coroner.


1986 Recipients Dr. Saul Cohen, S.O.M. (1921 - 2008)

A physician who practised family medicine in Regina, Saul Cohen was born in Toronto in 1921. He came to Saskatchewan in 1946 following medical service in the Canadian Army, and was in family practice in Melville until he moved to Regina in 1954. In 1959 he became a consultant to the Bureau on Alcoholism and continued his teaching and research in the field. Dr. Cohen was a founder of the Physicians at Risk Committee, author of the Physician’s Manual on Alcoholism, and a charter member of the teaching program on chemical dependencies at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. He was Chairman of the Board of the Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. He was named Fellow of the College of Family Medicine of Canada. In 1986 he was awarded senior life memberships in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and in the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. Cohen, through his publications, research, practice and counselling, placed Saskatchewan in the forefront of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation. On retiring he moved to Toronto.


1986 Recipients The Honourable Sylvia O. Fedoruk,

O.C., S.O.M., D.Sc., LL.D. D.Hum.L.

Born in Canora in 1927 and educated at the University of Saskatchewan, Sylvia Fedoruk pursued a distinguished career in medical physics, specializing in radiation therapy for cancer patients. For 35 years Miss Fedoruk was associated with the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic, where she served as Chief Medical Physicist, and the Saskatchewan Cancer Clinic, where she was Director of Physics Services. Miss Fedoruk held the positions of Professor of Oncology and Associate Member in Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. At the end of 1986 she took early retirement. Miss Fedoruk was involved in the development of the world’s first Cobalt 60 unit and one of the first nuclear medicine scanning machines. She was the first and only woman member of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada. She also served as a consultant in nuclear medicine to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. An avid curler, Sylvia Fedoruk was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1986. In the same year she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan and voted YWCA Woman of the Year. In 1987 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She served as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan from 1988 to 1994.


1986 Recipients Lyell A. Gustin, S.O.M., LL.D (1895 - 1988)

Lyell Gustin was a leader in the music world in Saskatchewan for over six decades. Born in Quebec in 1895, he moved to Saskatoon in 1912. He then studied music for four years under world-class pianists in Chicago. In 1920 Mr. Gustin opened a piano studio in Saskatoon and quickly established a reputation as an outstanding musician and teacher. He founded the Saskatoon Musical Art Club in 1924. He was instrumental in the passage of the Music Teachers Registration Act in 1947, whereby Saskatchewan became the first province to grant professional status to its music teachers. Mr. Gustin directed his own summer music program for 30 years, served as an examiner for the Toronto Conservatory of Music, and lectured at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. He was President of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers from 1941 to 1946. Mr. Gustin received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969, an honorary life membership in the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association in 1980, and a Diplôme d’honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1983. Many of his former pupils have acquired national and international reputations as concert pianists.


1986 Recipients Christian T. Sutter, C.M., S.O.M. Born in 1919, the eldest son of pioneer settlers in Redvers, Christian Sutter was raised and educated in the south-eastern community and took up farming there. After four years overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he attained the rank of flying officer, he returned to Redvers to manage the family farm. Chris Sutter became well known throughout North America for his accomplishments in developing the Hereford breed of cattle, for his expertise as a show cattle judge, and for establishing cattle exports to Japan while president of the Canadian Hereford Association in 1970. Mr. Sutter was particularly renowned for his outstanding leadership in establishing the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, of which he was the first president from 1971 to 1974. He was named Saskatchewan Salesman of the Year in 1974. Mr. Sutter was also a respected community leader in Redvers, where he served as chairman of the School Unit Board and head of the Recreation Board. He was instrumental in the building of a new school addition and integrated recreational complex. Mr. Sutter was named to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1985 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989.


1986 Recipients Phyllis Airth Tinney, S.O.M. (1942 - 2004)

Phyllis Tinney, born in Bassano, Alberta, in 1942, moved to Saskatchewan in 1965; she lived on a farm near The Battlefords, before moving to Tompkins. Mrs. Tinney was senior supervisor and programmer for the North Battleford Swimming Pool. She personally developed a highly successful program for teaching swimming to people hindered by fear, handicap or disability, ranging from young children to seniors. In particular, Phyllis Tinney was known for her outstanding work with disabled swimmers, one of whom became an international wheelchair athlete, breaking records at the Pan American Games. Much of Mrs. Tinney’s swimming instruction was done on a volunteer basis above and beyond her normal duties. She was president of the local branch of the Canadian Red Cross, examiner for the Royal Life Saving Society, and founder of Wheelchair Sports in North Battleford. She served on the provincial boards of these organizations. Mrs. Tinney also trained lifeguard teams which twice won provincial championships and took part in international competitions.


1987 Recipients Dr. John H. Archer, O.C., S.O.M. (1914 - 2004)

Born in 1914 and raised on a homestead near Broadview, John Archer first taught school in rural Saskatchewan. During the Second World War he served overseas in the Royal Canadian Artillery. In 1945 he resumed his education, receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He subsequently earned a degree in library science from McGill University and a Ph. D. in history from Queen’s. From 1951 to 1964 Dr. Archer was Saskatchewan Legislative Librarian; he was also Assistant Clerk of the Legislature (1956 - 1961) and Provincial Archivist (1957-1962). From 1962 to 1964 he was chairman of the Committee on Continuing Education in Saskatchewan. He was Director of Libraries at McGill University from 1964 to 1967, then University Archivist and Professor of History at Queen’s University from 1967 to 1969. In 1970 he returned to Saskatchewan to become Principal of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and then first President of the University of Regina until 1976. After retirement from the University he pursued a busy career as writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He was editor of the memoirs of the Right Honourable John Diefenbaker and author of Saskatchewan: A History. Dr. Archer was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.


1987 Recipients Angus Bear, S.O.M. (1907 - 1988)

Angus Bear was born on a trapline at Mari Lake in northern Saskatchewan in 1907. He was hired as a guide by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting to lead a team of engineers to the Island Falls Power dam site near Sandy Bay. For several years he brought food supplies and work crews to the area, until the power dam began supplying electricity to the zinc and copper refineries at Flin Flon. Over a period of 38Â years Mr. Bear made a vital contribution to the development of mining and hydro-electric power in northeastern Saskatchewan, both as a worker and as a guide. He also contributed greatly to the social and economic well-being of the Cree people. A highly respected elder in the community of Sandy Bay, Mr. Bear worked with educators to record the history of the hydro-electricity industry at Island Falls and to preserve the oral traditions of the Cree.


1987 Recipients Dorothy Knowles,

C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Born in 1927 at Unity, Saskatchewan, Dorothy Knowles grew up on a farm in the area, moving to Saskatoon in 1944. Her early interest in biology gave way to a lifetime career in painting. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan, the Emma Lake Summer School, and the Banff School of Fine Arts, Miss Knowles became a central figure in a group of prominent Saskatchewan painters, establishing an artistic language for the prairies. She had a major influence on an entire generation of young artists. Dorothy Knowles became one of Saskatchewan’s best-known landscape painters; her work has been featured at major exhibitions in such centres as Montreal, Toronto and New York, and is included in collections all over Canada and in a number of other countries. One of her paintings was selected to represent Saskatchewan in the Canada Day series of postage stamps. She was cited in 1982 by Century Saskatoon with an Award of Appreciation in the Arts. With her husband, abstract painter William Perehudoff, also a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and their artist daughters Catherine and Rebecca, Dorothy Knowles is a leading figure in Canadian prairie art.


1987 Recipients Ted Ohlsen, S.O.M. Dieter (Ted) Ohlsen was born in 1938 in Germany; he came to Canada in 1956 and worked at mines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. After losing his sight in a hunting accident in 1960, Mr. Ohlsen completed his secondary education in Regina and undertook training for the blind. In 1964 he and his wife Diana opened the Northern Light Lodge on Deschambault Lake in northern Saskatchewan; Mr. Ohlsen thus became the first blind outfitter and fishing camp operator in the province. He soon established a reputation as a leading conservationist and tourist promoter, and an active member of the Northern Saskatchewan Outfitters Association. Working with his own disability, Mr. Ohlsen embarked upon an ambitious program to make his lodge fully accessible to the disabled, and then took the initiative to establish the first campground in northern Saskatchewan fully accessible by wheelchair. He travelled across North America to speak about conservation and the disabled. Mr. Ohlsen received an Achievement Award from the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled.


1987 Recipients Lillian Seifert, S.O.M. (1911 - 1998)

Blanche Lillian Seifert, born in 1911 in Montreal, moved to Eastend, Saskatchewan, in 1924. She lived in Senate and Robsart with her husband, a grain elevator operator, from 1940 to 1973. During this time she developed a unique personal career as a community volunteer, caring for innumerable people suffering from illness or misfortune. Travelling under difficult conditions in rural areas of Saskatchewan, Mrs. Seifert helped deliver many babies, responded to emergencies and assisted doctors with health care for isolated patients. She stayed with the terminally ill, visited the bereaved, and worked with senior citizens. After retiring to Maple Creek in 1973, Mrs. Seifert continued her volunteer leadership despite personal illness; she was a regular visitor to shut-ins and hospitals and was particularly active in the CanSurmount Volunteer Training Program, working with cancer patients and their families.


1988 Recipients The Honourable Edward M. Culliton,

C.C., S.O.M., Q.C., D.C.L

(1906 - 1991)

Born in Minnesota in 1906, Edward Milton Culliton grew up in Elbow, Saskatchewan, and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan. He practised law in Gravelbourg from 1930 - 1951, apart from five years of army service in the Second World War. In 1935 Mr. Culliton was elected as a Liberal Member of the Saskatchewan Legislature and was re-elected in 1938 and 1948. He served as Provincial Secretary from 1938 to 1941 and as Minister without Portfolio from 1941 to 1944. In 1951 Mr. Culliton was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. He was Chief Justice of Saskatchewan from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. Mr. Culliton had a record of outstanding service to the province. He was Chairman of the Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee Committee, 1953 - 1955; a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan for 12 years, two of them as Chairman; and Chancellor of the University from 1962 to 1968. He chaired several provincial government inquiries. Mr. Culliton was prominent in the Red Cross and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind the United Appeal and the Canadian Curling Association. An active Roman Catholic layman, Mr. Culliton was made a Knight Commander of St. Gregory by the Pope in 1973. He had an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 1981 was named a Companion of the Order of Canada – the nation’s highest honour. He served as the first Chairman of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council in 1985 and 1986.


1988 Recipients Marguerite Gallaway, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Marguerite Gallaway was born in Birsay, Saskatchewan, in 1929. She took a bachelor of education degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina. Living on the family farm near Estevan and a mother of four, she taught business education and adult education. Mrs. Gallaway was a key figure in the arts in Saskatchewan for many years. She became executive director of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils in 1974 and over the next 13Â years built it up to a membership of 62Â arts councils with a staff of six. Mrs. Gallaway was instrumental in establishing and supporting the arts councils and in arranging concert tours and visual arts tours all over the province. She is credited with helping many young artists in their careers. She became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1990. Mrs. Gallaway served as president of the Saskatchewan Council of Cultural Organizations, member of the board of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, and member of the Saskatchewan Talent Selection Committee of SaskExpo 86. She was a founding member of the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. After retiring from the Organization of Arts Councils she operated a craft store in Estevan. She served two terms as chairperson of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council, from 1992 to 1998.


1988 Recipients Violet Margaret Jackson Hoag,


(1911 - 2000) Violet Margaret “Jackie” Hoag, born in Manitoba in 1911, became active in community planning and volunteer work after moving to Regina in 1938. During the Second World War she was involved in women’s voluntary service and in the postwar years was a leader in promoting public housing in Regina. For 12 years she was chairman of the City of Regina Planning Commission – the first woman in Canada to hold such a position. In 1965, after the death of her husband, she founded her business Old Fashion Foods, which became a chain of eight stores selling organic and health foods across the province.

Mrs. Hoag organized the Regina branch of the Community Planning Association and the board of directors for Harrow de Groot School for the mentally disabled. She was a City of Regina alderman in 1967 - 68 and ran for mayor. She served as chairman of the YWCA board, member of the YMCA financial committee, president of the Regina Mental Health Association, member of the Canadian Housing Design Council, and president of the Regina Council of Women. In addition, Mrs. Hoag was active in the National Council of Women, promoting building accessibility and independent living for the handicapped, counselling for female prisoners and education for Aboriginal women. She served as vice-chairman of the Provincial Planning Appeal Board and in 1981 was named YWCA Woman of the Year.


1988 Recipients W. Harold Horner, S.O.M., LL.D. (1911 - 2007)

An influential figure in Saskatchewan agriculture for 50 years, William Harold Horner was born in 1911 in Creelman, Saskatchewan. After working on the family farm he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He then worked with the Dominion Experimental Farm and Dominion Forage Crops Laboratory. He served overseas in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. After the war, Mr. Horner joined the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture. He rose to the rank of deputy minister in 1951 and served in that position for 20 years under three governments and four ministers. Under his leadership, the department developed a high level of programs, policies, and services for agriculture. From 1972 to his retirement in 1977, Mr. Horner was executive advisor in charge of grain handling and transportation systems rationalization for the provincial government. Mr. Horner made significant contributions to the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute; the establishment of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and the provincial veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Regina; and the South Saskatchewan River irrigation project. He was a charter member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and received their distinguished agrologist award in 1973; he also received a Fellowship Award of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1978. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Saskatchewan.


1988 Recipients Alpha Lafond, S.O.M. (1926 - 2000)

Alphonsine Lafond, a Cree Indian born in 1926 near Leask, Saskatchewan, was a resident of the Muskeg Lake Reserve for over six decades, during which she was a noted leader in Indian education, community development and band organization. Mrs. Lafond began her political life with election to the band council in 1958. In 1960 - 1962 she was the first female Indian Chief in Saskatchewan. She raised a family of six children, then resumed her activity on the band council in 1970 with the education portfolio to which she was re-elected for many years. She was employed with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians in communications work and in 1975 became the first female Indian to be a Justice of the Peace, a position she occupied for two years. Mrs. Lafond was a member of the board of education for the Blaine Lake School Division. She played a key leadership role among her people in education, religion, nutrition, family life and the Cree language and culture. She was education administrator for the Muskeg Lake Band.


1988 Recipients George H. Morris,

O.C., S.O.M., LL.D.

(1904 - 1989)

Born in Llewellyn, Northwest Territories, in 1904, George Morris was a pioneer in farm implement manufacturing on the prairies. He established an implement business in Bangor at the age of 20, and a few years later designed and perfected his renowned rod-weeder. In 1949 he transferred his business to Yorkton and in 1960 opened his own factory, Morris Rod-Weeder. The firm is now one of the largest manufacturers of specialized farm equipment in western Canada, and its products are marketed in Canada, the United States, Australia, France and other countries. Mr. Morris made a major contribution to prairie agriculture through his development of efficient tillage equipment. He was a founder and first president of the Prairie Implement Manufacturers Association, and was named to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Morris was also Saskatchewan Salesman of the Year in 1973. George Morris was well known for his generosity to community and charitable organizations for senior citizens, the disabled, hospitals, sports, churches, mental health (especially the Schizophrenia Foundation), the United Way, and the Western Development Museums. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980.


1989 Recipients E.N. (Ted) Azevedo, S.O.M. (1916 - 2004)

Born in 1916 in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Edwin Azevedo grew up on a farm in the White Fox area near Nipawin. From his youth Mr. Azevedo was a farmer and operator of a logging and sawmill business. From an early age he was active in public life, including the Scout movement, the Fish and Game League, the Nipawin and District Agricultural Society (of which he became a life member), and local churches. He was chairman of the Nipawin and District Living Forestry Museum. Mr. Azevedo was prominent in the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, an international fraternal organization, particularly in its youth and world Eye Bank programs; in 1973 he was the first Canadian to be named Advisor of the Year for the Odd Fellows of the world. Ted Azevedo was best known for his efforts on behalf of seniors in Saskatchewan, including home care, pensions, preventive health, activity centres and housing. He was instrumental in the formation of the Saskatchewan Seniors Association and served as its president from 1981 to 1989. He was appointed in 1977 to the Saskatchewan Senior Citizens Provincial Council, an advisory body to the government on the problems of seniors, and served as its chairman. He was also a member of the advisory committee to the Minister of Health. Mr. Azevedo was first vice-president of the National Pensioners and Seniors Foundation of Canada.


1989 Recipients Willa A. Haughton, S.O.M. (1908 - 2004)

Willa Haughton, born in Minnesota, lived in Saskatchewan from her childhood. For several decades she was a committed volunteer for a variety of charitable organizations and worthy causes in Regina. In particular, Mrs. Haughton served for over 40 years in the Red Cross, including its water safety, disaster, blood donors, finance and executive committees; her work in blood donor recruiting took her all over the province promoting and arranging donors’ clinics. Mrs. Haughton received the Red Cross Distinguished Service Award in 1973 and Lieutenant Governor’s Award in 1989. Willa Haughton was also active in the Regina United Way; World Refugee Year; the Regina Symphony Board; Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, where she served as one of the first docents, bringing art into the schools; Catholic Women’s League and other church activities; Pasqua Hospital Auxiliary; Fidelio Club (assisting the underprivileged); and the Junior Service League, which benefited from her advice as a sustaining member. Active in sports from her youth, Mrs. Haughton was president of the Saskatchewan Provincial Golf Association; she was also a leader in organizing figure skating in Saskatchewan and served as a provincial judge for the Canadian Figure Skating Association.


1989 Recipients Edward A. Rawlinson, S.O.M., F.C.A.

(1917 - 1992) Born in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Edward Rawlinson became the youngest chartered accountant in Canada in 1934. During the Second World War he was manager of British Commonwealth Air Training Plan flying school in Prince Albert. In 1946 Mr. Rawlinson bought CKBI radio station in Prince Albert and in 1958 established CKBI television. He subsequently acquired radio stations in a number of other centres in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, among them Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford and Meadow Lake. Mr. Rawlinson was president of Central Broadcasting Ltd. and chairman of Rawlco Communications Ltd. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada. E.A. Rawlinson was recognized across Canada for his leadership in broadcasting. Past president and honorary life member of the Western Association of Broadcasters, he was also a former director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and a member of its hall of fame. Among his many awards Mr. Rawlinson received the Rogers Family Award for excellence in broadcasting in 1989. He was also well known for service to the community; he was chairman of the board of Victoria Union Hospital in Prince Albert and active in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce (of which he was a Life Member), and the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors.


1989 Recipients Anne Szumigalski, S.O.M. (1922 - 1999)

Writer and poet Anne Szumigalski was born in England in 1922 and came to Saskatchewan in 1951. She devoted her career to writing and assisting others to write. Ms. Szumigalski helped found the Saskatchewan Writers Guild in 1969. She was a founder of the literary journal Grain in 1973 and a founding member of the Writers and Artists Colonies in 1980, and served as poetry editor of NeWest Review from 1983 to 1987. She taught at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She was writer in residence at the Saskatoon Public Library in 1980 - 81 and at the Winnipeg Public Library in 1987 - 88. Anne Szumigalski wrote a number of books of poetry, stories, essays and radio plays. She received several awards for her writing, including the Canadian Author and Bookman short story award in 1979 and a Saskatchewan Arts Board senior arts award in 1980; she was Writers’ Choice Award winner in 1985 for her poetry collection Instar and in 1987 for Dogstones. The YWCA named her the 1988 Woman of the Year in the category of business, labour and the professions. In 1990 she received the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts and a life membership in the League of Canadian Poets. She received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1995. Ms. Szumigalski gave poetry readings across Canada and in the United States and Britain.


1989 Recipients Arthur L. Wallman, S.O.M. Arthur Wallman was born in 1928 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. Born with spastic paralysis, after several surgical operations he was able to overcome his disability and walked with the aid of crutches. Brought up on a farm in conditions of severe poverty, he taught himself to read; he had no formal education until age 20, when he completed nine grades in two years in Regina. At that time Mr. Wallman formed a band to play at weddings and dances, then travelled with the Regina band Johnny Manz Radio Rangers. He subsequently moved to Swift Current and from 1960 was a radio personality at CKSW station in that city. Art Wallman became a successful musician, singer and broadcaster. For 25 years he led the dance band Art Wallman and the Ambassadors. His country and western radio show Art Wallman Country and Tractor Line earned him the name of the “voice of Swift Current.” He became widely known throughout North America in the country music world. Mr. Wallman produced a record album in 1982 and in 1985 published his autobiography, A Good Day to be Alive! He won many awards for community service and in 1989 received a Heritage Award for his outstanding contribution to country music.


1990 Recipients Dr. Frederick T. Cenaiko, C.M., S.O.M.

Frederick Theodore Cenaiko was born in Ukraine in 1926; his family immigrated to Canada in 1929 and homesteaded in Clare, Saskatchewan, in 1930. After attending Normal School and teaching for two years, Fred Cenaiko took medical studies at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta, receiving his M.D. in 1954. He started the practice of family medicine in Wakaw in 1955 and remained there, earning a reputation as one of the province’s best known and most admired small-town physicians. Dr. Cenaiko was instrumental in the building of the Wakaw Union Hospital, seniors’ housing and nursing home. He served as chairman of the school board and then for eleven years as mayor of Wakaw; during his term the town expanded in size and built an airfield and a rink. He played a prominent role in the Baptist church, founding the congregation in Wakaw and serving as moderator of the Saskatchewan Area and as president of the Baptist Union of Western Canada. After periods as a missionary doctor in Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania, Dr. Cenaiko began a practice of spending an annual vacation at his own expense as a physician for the Christian Medical Society in Honduras, caring for local patients and teaching public health. He established the Cenaiko Foundation for church-related charitable work.


1990 Recipients Reta Cowley, S.O.M. (1910 - 2004)

Born in 1910 in Moose Jaw, Reta Cowley attended Normal School and taught for eight years in rural schools and another eight years in Yorkton. She studied art at Emma Lake, Banff and the University of Saskatchewan, where she was considerably influenced by the work of Eli Bornstein. In 1945 she moved with her husband to Saskatoon and soon became a leading figure in the lively arts scene of that city. One of the first professional artists born in the province, she practised art for over 50Â years and had a major influence on young artists and on the cultural life of Saskatchewan, notably through her teaching at Bedford Road Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. Mrs. Cowley became known especially for her watercolours and paintings of the landscapes of western Canada and for her ability to capture the subtle textures and images of prairie scenes. She began exhibiting nationally in 1955 and since then her work has been exhibited all over Canada, including the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Edmonton Art Gallery. Her paintings are found in major collections of individuals, corporations and museums of art across the country. In 1990 Reta Cowley received a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.


1990 Recipients Dr. Burton M. Craig, S.O.M. (1918 - 1997)

Burton McKay Craig was born in Alberta in 1918 and grew up on a Saskatchewan farm family. He received degrees in agriculture and chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate in agricultural biochemistry and organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. In 1950 he joined the Prairie Regional Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada in Saskatoon (now the Plant Biotechnology Institute) and pursued a distinguished career in agricultural research there for over three decades. He was director of the laboratory from 1970 until his retirement in 1983. He then became Technical Auditor at POS Pilot Plant in Saskatoon. Dr. Craig earned an international reputation for his pioneering work in plant biotechnology and nutritional research in legumes and oilseeds. Through his work in gas-liquid chromatography he led the research which reduced the acid content of canola so that it could become a successful food source and a major crop for prairie agriculture. Dr. Craig played a prominent role in national and provincial committees on research and agriculture. Under his direction the National Research Council became a world leader in plant biotechnology and made major contributions to Third World development. Dr. Craig was a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry and honorary life member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada.


1990 Recipients Walter C. Nelson, S.O.M. Born in 1927 in Avonlea in a family which had homesteaded in Saskatchewan, Walter Charles Nelson was raised on a farm and learned the trade of journeyman mechanic. He worked in garages and at a farm machinery dealership. He was also a part-time farmer. By the early 1960s he had become owner-operator of one of the largest farm machinery dealerships in western Canada and acquired his own farm. Active in the town of Avonlea, Mr. Nelson served as its mayor for 11 years and launched a number of community development projects. Walter Nelson was best known for his leadership in establishing the Palliser Wheat Growers Association (now the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association) in 1970; he served as its first president until 1975. At a time of low sales and severe problems in the wheat industry, Mr. Nelson was a leader in pressing for fundamental changes in grain handling, transportation and marketing. He was instrumental in securing election of farmers to the Canadian Wheat Board’s advisory committee and in improving communications between producers, the Wheat Board and labour. He promoted education and information for farmers and secured major improvements in grain cleaning, protein grading and shipping. Walter Nelson thus played a key role in keeping western farmers competitive on world markets.


1990 Recipients Ann M. Sudom, S.O.M. Anna Maye Sudom was born in 1923 in Avonlea. After teaching school she resided and farmed in the Rouleau district where she and her husband operated the family farm. The family moved to Regina in 1960. Three of her five children were physically and intellectually disabled; Mrs. Sudom cared for them at home and taught them herself when they were unable to attend school. She soon became deeply involved in and committed to volunteer work for the disabled. Among the organizations that benefited from her skill and dedication were the Saskatchewan and Regina Associations for the Mentally Retarded, Harrow de Groot School, Voice of the Handicapped and Cosmopolitan Activity Centre. Ann Sudom helped start group homes for the mentally disabled in Regina and was a prime mover in a number of associations to assist the handicapped with such special needs as housing, social activities and citizen advocacy. Ann Sudom played a leading role in the Regina and provincial Councils of Women, serving terms as president of both organizations and as representative on the National Council of Women. She was also active in the United Church. In 1981 Mrs. Sudom received the Good Servant Medal of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and in 1982 a YWCA Women’s Award for outstanding achievement in health.


1991 Recipients Dr. Ronald DePauw, C.M., S.O.M. Born in Kamsack in 1944, Ronald Marcel DePauw was educated at the University of Missouri and the University of Manitoba, where he took a doctoral degree in plant genetics and pathology; during his studies he worked for three years on a development project in Kenya. He was a plant breeder with Agriculture Canada in Alberta from 1973 to 1978, when he became a research scientist at the Agriculture Canada research station in Swift Current. He served on the Separate School Board, was a judo instructor, and raised an Ethiopian refugee child. Ronald DePauw acquired an international reputation for his achievements in plant breeding. He developed a number of varieties of wheat and other cereal crops that are resistant to disease, moisture and insects and have a high yield and protein content. Working closely with the Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian Grains Commission, he introduced a new class of wheat, Canadian Prairie Spring, which greatly expanded the market for Saskatchewan farmers. In 1991, his nine wheat cultivars accounted for 28 per cent of the pedigreed acres of wheat in Canada. He worked closely with producers and industry in agricultural research and technology transfer, published numerous articles, and was much in demand as a lecturer. Dr. DePauw received a Distinguished Agrologist Award from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists in 1988.


1991 Recipients Yvonne Hassett, S.O.M. Yvonne Joan Hassett was born in 1933 in Admiral, Saskatchewan. After qualifying as a registered nurse at Moose Jaw Union Hospital, she undertook nursing in Swift Current and in Jamaica. She then spent several years as a public health nurse in the Maple Creek area, working with Aboriginal people, the disabled, the elderly, and schools. Mrs. Hassett lived on the family farm near Maple Creek and raised four daughters. In 1984 Yvonne Hassett began a second career as a volunteer. Active in the Canadian Cancer Society, she was invited to play a role in the CanSurmount organization, which offers counselling and support to cancer patients and their families. Mrs. Hassett soon became a prime mover in CanSurmount. She arranged fundraising, speakers, educational and support meetings, and hospital and home visiting. On her own time and at her own expense she also visited seniors, shut-ins and the bereaved. Widely admired for her generosity and kindness, she was credited with being an inspiration and support to countless persons suffering from cancer and terminal illness and to their families. Mrs. Hassett helped care for a disabled woman in Maple Creek. She was also a leader in United Church activities and other organizations.


1991 Recipients Dr. Louis Horlick, O.C., S.O.M. Louis Horlick was born in 1921 in Montreal. After medical studies at McGill University he joined the faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1954. A cardiologist, Dr. Horlick pursued extensive teaching and research, mainly in the area of hardening of the arteries, at the university for 35 years. In 1962 he became Professor of Medicine and from 1964 to 1971 was head of the Department of Medicine. After retirement in 1989 he was appointed professor emeritus and continued an active program of research and publications. He was also involved in preventive medicine and lifestyles programs for seniors. An internationally known authority on cardiology and cholesterol, Dr. Horlick made a significant contribution to the understanding and prevention of heart disease. In addition to his professional career he did major voluntary work for the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation, serving as a member of the board and committees and as president. Dr. Horlick was the leader in establishing a cardiac rehabilitation program for patients of all three Saskatoon hospitals. He was known in Saskatoon as the “father of 9-1-1” for his persistent and decisive role in the introduction of the emergency telephone number. In 1988 he received a National Volunteer Award and in 1991 was named recipient of the prestigious James Graham Award of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994.


1991 Recipients The Honourable F. W. Johnson, O.C., S.O.M., Q.C. (1917 - 1993)

Born in England in 1917, Frederick William Johnson came to Canada with his parents as a child. He attended the Regina Normal School and taught for four years in rural Saskatchewan schools. In 1941 he joined the Canadian Army and served overseas in the Second World War as an artillery officer, ending with the rank of major. After the war he attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his law degree in 1949. He then practised law in Regina. He served on the Regina School Board and was a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1963. In 1964 he served as chairman of the Royal Commission on Government Administration. Mr. Johnson was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1965 and from 1977 to 1983 served as Chief Justice of that court. He was active in the United Church, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Canadian Bible Society. From 1983 to 1988 he was 16th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, serving with integrity and distinction as the Queen’s representative and as the first chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Mr. Johnson was widely respected for his dedication to the arts, education, the environment, and Saskatchewan’s heritage and history. He was honorary colonel of 10 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.


1991 Recipients Annie Johnstone, S.O.M. (1899 - 1994)

Annie Johnstone was born in Souris River near LaRonge in 1899. A northern Saskatchewan MÊtis, she lived most of her life in Pinehouse Lake, where her husband farmed and managed a Hudson’s Bay Company store. Mrs. Johnstone was a skilled practitioner of traditional Native medicine, tied closely to Indian spirituality. She had an extensive knowledge of plants and herbs which she first acquired from her grandparents as a young girl. At the age of 15 Annie Johnstone learned how to be a midwife from local women through first-hand experience, supplemented with information from a medical textbook. For 65 years she was nurse-midwife for the Pinehouse area. Despite her lack of formal training she successfully handled all kinds of births, including the most complicated, in an area where there were no doctors and transport was by canoe or dogsled. She delivered over 500 babies without the loss of a child or a mother. Mrs. Johnstone also treated illness in adults and children using her Indian medicine, often curing patients who had not been helped by modern medicine. Local people consulted her on health problems, and she passed on her skills and knowledge of herbs to others who carried on her work.


1991 Recipients Emmie Oddie, C.M., S.O.M. Emmie Ducie Oddie was born in 1916 in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. She obtained degrees in home economics from the University of Saskatchewan and Washington State College. During the Second World War she taught home economics for Canada Agriculture and was a nutritionist for the Red Cross. After the war she taught home management at the University of Saskatchewan. She became well known across western Canada for her contribution to rural life, agriculture and nutrition. Emmie Oddie was a long-standing columnist in The Western Producer from 1949, giving practical advice to homemakers. She was active in the Women’s Institute at all levels, serving as provincial president and as president of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. Mrs. Oddie was a member of numerous boards, commission and task forces on agriculture, home economics, education and women’s issues. She was vice-chairman of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and a long-serving member of the Milk Control Board. She coordinated a successful cookbook, From Prairie Kitchens. In 1982 Mrs. Oddie received the Honour Award of the Canadian Home Economics Association. In 1983 she received the Saskatchewan Consumer Award of Merit and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. In 1985 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada.


1992 Recipients George R. Bothwell, S.O.M. (1916 - 1996)

Born in Winnipeg in 1916, George Bothwell worked as a journalist in Regina from 1932 to 1943, covering the Regina Riot of 1935. After serving with the information branch of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board in Winnipeg he joined Saskatchewan Government Insurance as its first advertising and publicity manager, working for the company from 1946 to 1951 and again from 1971 to 1980. In 1951 Mr. Bothwell established his own advertising company. George Bothwell had a life-long commitment to volunteer service. He was twice elected alderman in Regina. He was president of the Canadian Library Trustees Association and president of the Saskatchewan Association. He served for 30 years on the Regina Public Library Board, many of them as chairman. He was a director of the Saskatchewan Lung Association and for 20 years was a director of the Regina Roughriders Football Club. Mr. Bothwell was particularly known for his leadership in provincial and civic historical and heritage organizations. Among his many other involvements were the University of Regina Senate, Canadian Club, United Church, Regina Little Theatre, Transport 2000, Regina Council on Aging and Kiwanis Club, where he was recognized for 40 years of perfect attendance.


1992 Recipients Chief Samuel Bunnie, S.O.M. (1945 - 2004)

Samuel Bunnie was Chief of the Sakimay Indian Band, near Grenfell, Saskatchewan. A Saulteaux Indian born on the Sakimay Reserve in 1945, Mr. Bunnie graduated from Scott Collegiate in Regina with Grade 12 in 1964 at a time when this was rare for Aboriginal people. He then served the people of his band, with 12 years as chief. Samuel Bunnie showed exceptional leadership in economic development, education and self-government for Indian people. He served as chairman of the Education Commission of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and a board member of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and Indian Institute of Technology. He helped develop a model tuition agreement for his band with the Town of Grenfell and a post-secondary sponsorship program for the Yorkton Tribal Council. Chief Bunnie played a leading role in securing a $6.3 million Alternative Funding Agreement for the Sakimay Band and a precedent-setting, $3.9 million land claim settlement for 6,000 acres. He was also instrumental in the Sakimay Band’s successful cottage development around Crooked Lake and its unique aquatic weed harvester project. He is credited with substantially raising the standard of living and quality of administration of the Sakimay Band and other Indian bands of the Yorkton District.


1992 Recipients John V. Hicks, S.O.M., D. Litt. (1907 - 1999)

Born in England in 1907, John Hicks came to Canada as an infant and then lived in Prince Albert. Mr. Hicks was an accountant with the Saskatchewan Public Service. He was widely known as a musician, poet and writer and for many years was organist and choirmaster at St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral in Prince Albert. John Hicks published poetry for decades and was called one of the best poets in North America. He was the author of acclaimed poetry collections and a booklength collection of short prose pieces entitled Slide Glances: Notes on the Writers Craft. His work appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals and was aired on CBC Radio. Mr. Hicks also established a reputation as a children’s writer; his stories were published in school readers and Canadian Children’s Annual. He was honorary writer in residence of the City of Prince Albert and an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College, Saskatoon. In 1985, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild established a scholarship in his name. In 1987, the University of Saskatchewan awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 1990, Mr. Hicks received a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.


1992 Recipients Dr. C. Stuart Houston, O.C., S.O.M., D.Litt.

Stuart Houston, a radiologist born in North Dakota in 1927, received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1951 and spent his career in Saskatchewan. He taught at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan from 1955. Appointed full professor in diagnostic radiology in 1969, he served as head of the department of medical imaging from 1982 to 1987. Dr. Houston became one of Canada’s most distinguished radiologists. He edited the Journal of the Canadian Association of Radiologists for five years and contributed a large number of articles to other medical publications. He became a noted researcher in the field of congenital dislocation of the hip, particularly among Aboriginal people. In the 1970s, he chaired the physical education advisory committee to the Minister of Education and from 1989 to 1992 served as a member of the Saskatchewan Round Table on Environment and the Economy. Dr. Houston achieved a national reputation as an ornithologist and conservationist and as a leading authority on birds in Saskatchewan, where he banded for decades. A noted historian, Dr. Houston published several books and many articles on western and Arctic history as well as on natural history and ornithology. He was also a contributor to the Canadian Encyclopedia.


1992 Recipients Ida M. Petterson, S.O.M. (1912 - 1999)

Ida (Strom) Petterson was born in the Lake Alma district of Saskatchewan in 1912. After farming for a number of years, she and her husband moved in 1937 to Estevan, where Mrs. Petterson acquired a grocery store. She continued this business until 1963, when she opened a self-serve laundry that she operated until 1991. Mrs. Petterson was also a successful life insurance agent. Ida Petterson had an impressive career in municipal government as well as business. In 1961, she was the first woman to be elected to the city council in Estevan and served seven years as alderman. During that period she spearheaded the drive to acquire and furnish a new library system for the Estevan area. Mrs. Petterson led the campaign to build the Estevan Regional Nursing Home and served from 1964 to 1986 as chairman of its board. In 1971, Ida Petterson was elected mayor of Estevan – the first woman to be mayor of a Saskatchewan city. In her six years as mayor she succeeded in having the City of Estevan build a new city hall and curling rink, attract a major retail mall development, and erect the Estevan National Exhibition Centre for the arts. Mrs. Petterson was active in many charitable, church and fraternal organizations. She was widely respected for her leadership, management skills and dedication to civic affairs.


1993 Recipients Marjorie Sinclair Butterworth,


(1902 - 2004)

Born in 1902 in Regina, Marjorie Sinclair Butterworth had a major influence on business education in Saskatchewan. After completing teacher training at the Regina Normal School, Marjorie Sinclair taught in the commercial high school at Scott Collegiate when it first opened in 1924. She moved to Balfour Technical School on its opening in 1930 as department head of typing and shorthand. She received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Iowa in 1935. Miss Sinclair taught high-speed typing techniques which enabled her students to win international competitions and was a pioneer in developing typing methods for the blind and disabled. She was head of the commercial department at Balfour from 1940 until her retirement in 1967. From 1970 to 1973 Mrs. Butterworth lived in Kenya, where she set up a business education course at a teachers’ college in Nairobi and served as inspector for the Kenyan ministry of education. On her return to Canada she initiated a sponsorship program for African students to study at Balfour Collegiate and the University of Regina. For many years she personally provided room and board, education and medical assistance for Kenyan students. She received a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1990.


1993 Recipients David G. Greyeyes, C.M., S.O.M. (1914 - 1996)

David Greyeyes was born in 1914 on the Muskeg Lake Reserve, near Marcelin, Saskatchewan. He was an outstanding athlete, playing hockey and soccer on an all-star Saskatchewan team. In 1940 Mr. Greyeyes enlisted in the Saskatoon Light Infantry as a private and served in Europe with the Canadian Army until 1945. He was the only Treaty Indian to be commissioned as an officer overseas and received numerous decorations, including the Greek Military Cross, for his service in the Italian campaign. After the war Mr. Greyeyes returned to the Muskeg Lake Reserve to establish a successful farming operation. He and his wife Flora raised eight children, all of whom benefited from his strong commitment to Indian education. In 1958 Mr. Greyeyes was chief at Muskeg Lake and was instrumental in implementing integrated education for band members. In 1960 he left the reserve for a career with the federal public service. He was the first Indian to be appointed as a regional director with Indian and Northern Affairs, holding a number of senior positions with the department until his retirement in 1975. In 1977 Mr. Greyeyes was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame for soccer and was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He was an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.


1993 Recipients Dr. Orville K. Hjertaas,

C.M., S.O.M.,

(1917 - 1998) Orville Hjertaas was a leading figure in the development of medicare in Saskatchewan. Born in Wauchope, Saskatchewan in 1917, he graduated in medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1943 and took post-graduate work in Edinburgh, receiving his fellowship in surgery. From 1946 Dr. Hjertaas practised medicine in Prince Albert, becoming chief of surgery at both hospitals in the city. Dr. Hjertaas was always firmly committed to the principle of fully accessible health care and was in the forefront of public hospital and medical insurance in North America. In 1945 - 46 he organized the Swift Current Health Region as a pilot project for the Saskatchewan Hospital Insurance Plan started in 1947.

When Saskatchewan introduced the first medicare plan in 1961 Dr. Hjertaas played a key role. He was one of two physicians to serve on the first Medical Care Insurance Commission. He founded the Prince Albert and District Community Clinic, the first health services co-operative in Saskatchewan. Dr. Hjertaas pioneered the team approach to holistic, preventive medicine. After his retirement in 1982 he promoted home care and accessibility for the disabled. He was named citizen of the year in Prince Albert in 1988. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997.


1993 Recipients Ruth Pawson, S.O.M. (1908 - 1994)

Born in Ontario in 1908, Ruth Pawson was raised and educated in Regina after her family moved to the prairies in 1912. She trained as a teacher at the Regina Normal School and taught primary school in Saskatchewan for four decades, apart from two years (1960 - 62) teaching for the Department of National Defence in Germany. For a 12‑year period she wrote for CBC television and radio school broadcasts. Miss Pawson retired in 1966 from an outstanding career as teacher and educational consultant; the Regina Public School Board named an elementary school in her honour in 1976. Ruth Pawson was one of Saskatchewan’s leading landscape artists. She studied art at Regina College in the 1930s at Emma Lake and the Banff School of Fine Arts, and with distinguished painters such as Kenderdine and A.Y. Jackson. During the 1940s and the 1950s she developed her own style of painting the prairie landscape, expressing the vitality of the farmland, Qu’Appelle Valley, northern Saskatchewan and urban scenes. Professional recognition of her work came in the 1970s with a number of exhibitions, including a major show at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina in 1992.


1993 Recipients Earl W. Peters, S.O.M. (1910 - 1993)

Earl Peters, born in 1910, farmed all his life in the Laird area north of Saskatoon. Mr. Peters was a leader in the diversification of Saskatchewan agriculture. He was among the first to experiment with winter wheat, canola and pulse crops such as peas, lentils, faba beans and broad beans, at considerable personal effort and expense. He worked closely with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture Canada in crop development and new cropping methods to promote soil conservation. Mr. Peters was instrumental in the founding of the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Growers Association in 1976 to promote production and marketing of edible legumes and served as the association’s first president. Earl Peters was known for his commitment to the viability of rural Saskatchewan and was deeply involved in community life. He served for 13 years on the Laird Council, 10 of them as mayor, and was responsible for major improvements to the village including a water system. Mr. Peters was also a leader in the Carlton Branch Line Rail Retention committee and in the local Lutheran church.


1993 Recipients Dr. Ali H. Rajput, O.C., S.O.M. Ali Rajput, born in Pakistan in 1934, received medical degrees from the University of Sind in that country in 1958 and from the University of Michigan in 1966. He was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 1967 Dr. Rajput moved to Saskatoon to join the staff of the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He became an expert in the field of neurology and a Canadian pioneer for research in movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease. He acquired a reputation for world-class medical research, attracted funds and scholars to Saskatchewan, and inspired young neurologists to pursue their careers in the province. Dr. Rajput published numerous scientific articles and contributed to a number of books. Frequently consulted by major American and European medical researchers, he received international acclaim for his work in epidemiology and the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. He is also much involved in volunteer organizations, including the Saskatchewan Heart and Stoke Foundation, and played a key role in the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation. In 1992 Dr. Rajput received the Ciba-Geigy Award for the best article in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. He is past president of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.


1994 Recipients Robert R. Ferguson, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

(1917 - 2006)

Born in Winnipeg in 1917, Robert Ferguson came as an infant to Fort Qu’Appelle where his father, Dr. George Ferguson, was medical superintendent of the sanatorium. In 1940 he interrupted farming and university studies to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving overseas from 1941 to 1944, including two years as a night fighter pilot. He was mentioned in dispatches in 1945 and retired with the rank of squadron leader. Following the war Mr. Ferguson completed degrees in arts and agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. He resumed farming in the Edgeley district, an occupation he continued with his two sons. Highly regarded as a community leader in Saskatchewan, Mr. Ferguson served for 30 years in local government as councillor, vice-reeve and reeve of the rural municipality of North Qu’Appelle and in the co-operative movement as president or member of the Edgeley Co-operative Association board. For 25 years he played a major role in university affairs as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan from 1965 to 1974 and the University of Regina from then until 1981, serving on a number of key committees. He was also co-chair of a fundraising committee for the University of Regina. Mr. Ferguson was active in the conservation movement, the United Church, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the 410 RCAF Association. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Regina in 1984 and a distinguished graduate award in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986. In 1987 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.


1994 Recipients Christine (Willy) Hodgson, C.M, S.O.M.

(1935 - 2003) Born on the Sandy Lake reserve in 1935, Christine “Willy” Hodgson became noted for her leadership in employment development for Indian and Métis people, particularly women, and for her work with the mentally and physically disabled. She was one of the first Aboriginal women in Canada to qualify as a registered psychiatric nurse and practised nursing in all four western provinces. Mrs. Hodgson continued her education in social work at the University of Regina and in the 1970s served in Moose Jaw as a social worker, rehabilitation counsellor and therapist. She also initiated a certificate program for personal development workers for community colleges. She was subsequently employed by the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission personnel administration, specializing in affirmative action and staffing. Mrs. Hodgson was then a human resourcing officer with the Public Service Commission of Canada; she received a regional recognition service award from the Commission in 1992. Willy Hodgson was active in the Saskatchewan Mental Health Association and Association for Community Living, the John Howard Society, the Angus Campbell alcoholism treatment facility, Moose Jaw Legal Aid, United Way, Aboriginal Women’s Association, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and numerous cross-cultural workshops. She was the first women president of the Interprovincial Association on Native Employment. Mrs. Hodgson had a lifelong involvement in the Anglican Church, where she served on the council and synod of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle and on national councils on native ministry and social justice; assessed candidates for ordination; and was acknowledged as an Indian spiritual leader.


1994 Recipients Dr. George F. Ledingham, S.O.M., LL.D.

(1911 - 2006) George Ledingham, was a professor of botany, born in Moose Jaw in 1911, who took his first degrees at the University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate in plant genetics at the University of Wisconsin in 1939. After working on the family farm during the war years he taught biology at Regina College, then the University of Regina, for 40Â years. He inspired generations of students with his enthusiasm for conserving nature and the environment. After retirement from full-time teaching in 1978, Dr. Ledingham was named professor emeritus and curator of the herbarium, a collection of dried specimens of plants. He continued part-time instruction until 1983 and then worked every day at the herbarium. George Ledingham had an international reputation as a conservationist and expert in prairie plants and ecology. He was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Natural History Association (now Nature Saskatchewan) and served for 16 years as editor of its scientific publication, the Blue Jay. He collected over 50,000 specimens of vascular plants in the herbarium and continued collecting moss and lichen specimens; a species of plant he discovered in Iran in 1966 is named after him. Dr. Ledingham was instrumental in the establishment of the Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan. He was a self-trained authority on Saskatchewan birds. In 1986 the University of Regina conferred an honorary doctorate of laws on him and in 1990 named the George F. Ledingham Herbarium in his honour. He received awards from Parks Canada, Environment Canada and the Canadian Nature Federation as well as the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal.


1994 Recipients William Perehudoff, C.M., S.O.M. Artist William Perehudoff was born in the Doukhobor community in Langham, Saskatchewan, in 1919 and continued to live on the family farm. Mr. Perehudoff studied art in Colorado Springs, New York and Pittsburgh and travelled and studied in Europe. He returned to Saskatchewan in the early 1950s and worked as a commercial artist for the Western Producer for 25 years. During that time he was active in the Emma Lake artists’ workshops and developed his personal style of painting. In this he was encouraged by Fred Mendel, founder of the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, which acquired some of his early works. After initial work in landscape painting and murals, Mr. Perehudoff turned to the international abstract style of art that established his reputation across Canada. His first solo exhibition at the Mendel Gallery in 1962 was followed by others in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, New York, Chicago and London. He participated in many group exhibitions and his paintings are found in the collections of most major Canadian art galleries. Mr. Perehudoff is considered one of Canada’s leading abstract painters, combining international modernism with regional subjects in a unique form. His support of emerging artists had a major influence on a new generation of young partners. Mr. Perehudoff married artist Dorothy Knowles, who was made a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1987. He received a University of Alberta national award in painting in 1978 and the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal in 1993, and in 1998 was named a Member of the Order of Canada.


1994 Recipients Dr. William A. Riddell,

O.C., S.O.M.

(1905 - 2000)

William Riddell had a distinguished career in education, science, the arts, and community planning. Born in Manitoba in 1905, he was educated at the University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan. In 1931 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry and biology at Stanford University. Dr. Riddell taught at Regina College from 1931 to 1935, then was a research chemist for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada in Prince Rupert. From 1938 to 1950 he was employed by the Saskatchewan government, including eight years as director of the provincial laboratories. From 1950 to 1961 he was dean of Regina College; from then until 1969 he served as principal of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. He was assistant to the president of the University of Saskatchewan and secretary of the Interprovincial Committee on University Rationalization until retirement in 1973. William Riddell served as chairman of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for 14 years, as chairman of the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre board, and as a member of the Saskatchewan Research Council, Wascana Centre Authority, senior citizens’ provincial task force, and numerous scientific, academic, library, health and arts committees. He was instrumental in the development of the fine arts program and conservatory of music at the University of Regina and in building the original Norman Mackenzie Gallery. Dr. Riddell published ten histories, among them ones of the City of Regina, the Arts Board, the Mackenzie Gallery and Wascana Centre. He was second chairman of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council. In 1974 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Saskatchewan and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He received an Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 1989.


1994 Recipients Carole Sanderson, C.M., S.O.M. Carole Sanderson, born on the Sturgeon Lake Reserve, was a pioneer in the field of Indian education. She served as a classroom teacher, guidance counsellor for the Department of Indian Affairs, education coordinator, policy advisor and director of education. She was employed by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in several positions, including executive director of education. Carole Sanderson was involved in the establishment of the F.S.I.N. in the 1960s and of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College at the University of Regina in the 1970s. Mrs. Sanderson played a key role in changing the Indian Affairs and provincial educational systems to reflect Aboriginal perspectives and develop Indian curricula. She was a leader in the process of establishing First Nations control of education and ending policies of assimilation. She helped develop the national policy on Indian education in 1973. She served on numerous boards and committees at the band, tribal council, provincial and national levels and represented the F.S.I.N. on the National Indian Education Council. She also participated in constitutional discussions involving Aboriginal people. Mrs. Sanderson was credited with the development of a long-term plan addressing treaty rights in education and handled liaison between the Indian and provincial schools systems.


1995 Recipients Dr. Lloyd I. Barber, C.C., S.O.M. Born in Regina in 1932, Lloyd Barber made a remarkable contribution to the social, economic and cultural life of Canada, Saskatchewan and the Aboriginal peoples of our country. He was educated at the Universities of Saskatchewan, California (Berkeley) and Washington, where he received a doctorate in business administration. Dr. Barber taught commerce at the University of Saskatchewan between 1955 and 1976, serving terms as dean of commerce and as vice-president. In 1964 65 he was a member of the Saskatchewan Royal Commission on Government Administration. From 1967 to 1970 he was a member of the Northwest Territorial Council and from 1969 to 1977 was Indian Claims Commissioner for Canada. In 1976 he was appointed president of the University of Regina, a position he held until retirement in 1990. He was chair of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council from 1990 to 1993. Lloyd Barber was noted for his commitment to First Nations peoples, demonstrated not only through his work as Indian Claims Commissioner, but through his establishment of the first Indian Federated College at the University of Regina and his role as negotiator for treaty land entitlement in Saskatchewan on behalf of 27 Indian bands. He was made an honorary Saskatchewan Indian Chief in 1980 and received the Aboriginal Order of Canada in 1985. Due to his economic and financial knowledge he was much in demand as an advisor to governments and board member of national corporations. Dr. Barber was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978, received the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 1979, and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 1993.


1995 Recipients Dr. Elisabeth H. Pasztor Brandt,


(1922 - 1999)

Born in Austria in 1922, Elisabeth Brandt immigrated to the United States in 1951 and received her post-secondary education there, completing a doctorate in communications methodology and speech pathology at the University of Denver. She moved to Regina with her husband, a professor of psychology, in 1968. Dr. Brandt was a speech language pathologist and expert in communications disorders, particularly for pre-school children. She taught communications at the University of Regina, lectured in Europe, and published widely in her field. Dr. Brandt is best known for her role in the design and establishment of SCEP (Socialization, Communication, and Education problems) Centre in Regina, a remedial, therapeutic program for difficult children and their parents, considered to be far in advance of its time. Starting in 1968 she served as the first director of the centre, then as consultant and board member, pioneering a unique and holistic way of dealing with the communication problems of young children. Dr. Brandt assisted numerous families with atypical pre-school children. Her influence extended far beyond the program through the large number of students in medicine, social work, nursing, psychology and education who have taken training at SCEP Centre. Dr. Brandt accomplished her goals despite being seriously disabled by polio and post-polio syndrome. She was named YWCA Woman of the Year in 1981 and in 1994 received a Woman of Distinction Award from the Saskatchewan Branch of Soroptimist International.


1995 Recipients The Reverend Robert J. Ogle, O.C., S.O.M.

(1928 - 1998) Robert Ogle was a Roman Catholic priest, broadcaster and Member of Parliament who had an international reputation for his social conscience and commitment to peace, justice and the alleviation of poverty. Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, in 1928, Bob Ogle entered seminary in 1946 and was ordained priest in 1953. Within a few years of ordination Father Ogle earned a doctorate of canon law from the University of Ottawa and went on to found Saskatchewan Catholic Centre, an adult education institution, and to be the first rector of St. Pius X seminary in Saskatoon. He was a missionary to Brazil for six years and then pastor of a large parish in Saskatoon. In 1979 he was elected to the House of Commons and served until 1984 as a New Democratic M.P., respected by members of all parties for his role as a voice of conscience and for his work on behalf of the Third World and north-south understanding. Father Ogle struggled with cancer from 1984. Despite this handicap he initiated a number of activities, including Broadcasting for International Understanding, an organization which produced television shows and publications, and published two books, North South Calling (1987) and A Man of Letters (1990). He produced a number of television programs dealing with moral issues and in 1993 filmed a television series, Ogle and Company, produced at the University of Saskatchewan. Father Ogle wrote a newspaper column and inspired others through his example of coping with illness. He received honorary doctorates from three universities and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.


1995 Recipients Victor Pearsall, S.O.M. Born in 1915 in Luseland, Saskatchewan, Victor Pearsall spent a lifetime as an entrepreneur in rural and northern Saskatchewan. At the age of 15 he became a film projectionist in his father’s movie theatre and for seven years joined him as an itinerant film exhibitor, bringing the first talking films to many Saskatchewan communities. From 1937 to 1947 he operated his own cinema business, both itinerant and in permanent locations, bringing welcome entertainment to isolated rural areas of the province. Also at the age of 15, Mr. Pearsall learned to fly and became the youngest licensed pilot in Canada. For a number of years he was involved in recreational flying and “barnstorming,” until he began a ten-year career as a bush pilot in northern Saskatchewan, based in the Cree Lake area, hauling fish and freight. Mr. Pearsall operated a number of other business ventures, including a fish filleting and freezing plant and a fly-in fishing and tourist camp in Cree Lake and a resort in Cochin, which he built up as a tourist centre. He earned a reputation across northern Saskatchewan for his pioneering achievements in aviation, his unique contribution to the development of the north, and his dedication and generosity to the well-being of other northern residents. He was Canada’s oldest licensed pilot and held a Canadian record of 65 years of flying. In 1986 the Government of Saskatchewan named Pearsall Lake in his honour.


1995 Recipients Theresa Stevenson, C.M., S.O.M. Born in 1926 on the Cowessess Indian Reserve near Broadview, Theresa Stevenson was forced by poverty at a young age to leave her family and seek employment in Montana. That experience led her to dedicate her life to helping others in similar situations. Mrs. Stevenson became a leader in the effort to improve the life of the Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan. She served on community boards, worked as a literacy volunteer, provided support groups and counselling for Native students, and assisted those seeking low‑cost housing. Theresa Stevenson became best known for her outstanding work in meeting the needs of hungry children. In 1984 she began a modest program serving chilli to street children at the Albert Scott Community Centre in Regina. Her personal crusade developed into a major community social program called “Chili for Children,” which provided up to 200 young people a day with a hot nutritious lunch and had a significant impact in alleviating child hunger in the city. Mrs. Stevenson was named citizen of the year by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in 1988 and YWCA Woman of the Year, received the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal in 1992, was included in the Maclean’s magazine honour roll in 1993, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. After retirement, she returned to live on the Cowessess Reserve. In 1999 Theresa received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the category of Community Development.


1995 Recipients E.K. (Ted) Turner,

C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Edward Kerr (Ted) Turner, a noted figure in Canadian agriculture and the cooperative movement, was born in Maymont, Saskatchewan, in 1927. He graduated in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1948, took over the family farm, and became active in the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He was elected to the Pool’s board of directors in 1960 and became president in 1969, serving in that capacity until 1987. He was subsequently executive director of Prairie Pools for two years and president or director of a number of provincial and national organizations. Mr. Turner was called on numerous times by the Canadian government to advise in international negotiations and was a frequent delegate to the International Federation of Agricultural Producers conferences. He is credited with a key role in shaping the direction of Canadian and international agriculture. Ted Turner played an active part in community affairs. He had a life-long involvement in the United Church. He chaired the Saskatchewan committee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference in 1980, was co-chair of the fundraising campaign for the College of Agriculture building at the University of Saskatchewan, was a member of the senate and the board of governors of the university, served two terms as university chancellor from 1989 to 1995, and was co‑chair of the university’s national fundraising campaign. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989, was made an honorary life member of the Canadian and Saskatchewan Institutes of Agrologists, and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Co‑operative Order of Merit and the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. In 1990 Mr. Turner was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1998 he became chair of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council.


1996 Recipients Angus R. Campbell, C.M., S.O.M. (1917 - 2002)

Born in 1917 in Swift Current, Angus Campbell played a key role in education and rehabilitation in the field of alcohol and drug abuse and was instrumental in raising public awareness of the problem of chemical dependencies. He also made a major contribution to alcoholism programs in corrections, Aboriginal organizations, health education and industry. He began his career in 1955 as the first counsellor in the Saskatchewan Bureau on Alcoholism, doing pioneer work in research and public education on alcohol dependency. In 1959, after graduating from the Yale School of Alcohol Studies, Mr. Campbell became supervisor of the Bureau’s first counselling and referral centre in Regina. He also founded the Saskatoon Alcoholism Society, which led to the establishment of the multi-discipline, in-patient Calder Centre. Mr. Campbell was the first director of the centre from 1967 to 1975, designing and administering its programs and helping industry develop alcoholism programs in the workplace. In 1976 the Moose Jaw District Alcoholism Society named their intervention and recovery facility the Angus Campbell Centre in his honour. From 1975 until retirement in 1983, Angus Campbell was director of community services with the Alcoholism Commission of Saskatchewan. From 1980 to 1993 he served as chairman of the St. Louis Alcoholism Rehabilitation Centre, the first treatment facility in Canada for those convicted of impaired driving. In 1993 Mr. Campbell published a history of Saskatchewan’s alcohol rehabilitation efforts called The Grand Vision, was awarded the medallion of distinction by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and received the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.


1996 Recipients Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown, C.M., S.O.M., D.F.C.

University of Michigan in 1972.

An eminent violinist and teacher of music, Howard Leyton-Brown was born in 1918 in Melbourne, Australia, where he received his early musical education before undertaking further studies in Europe in 1937. During the Second World War he served as a pilot with the Royal Air Force, including a period as instructor with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Estevan, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war Dr. Leyton-Brown continued his musical career in England. In 1955 he was elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He emigrated to Canada in 1952 to teach music at Regina College and was appointed director of the conservatory of music in 1955, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. He was also director of the Western Board of Music Examination System from 1953 to 1987. He received his doctorate of music from the

Dr. Leyton-Brown was conductor of the Regina Symphony Orchestra from 1960 to 1971 and concertmaster from 1978 until 1989. He was also associate conductor of the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra between 1984 and 1986. As director of the conservatory of music he designed the bachelor of music program; former students play in major orchestras across North America and in Europe. Dr. Leyton-Brown had an international reputation as adjudicator and examiner. He performed as a soloist with symphonies and broadcast recitals in Canada, the United States, Australia, Britain and Europe. He served on the Canada Council and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 1987 Dr. Leyton-Brown was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1991 he received a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Arts Board. He also received the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal in 1993 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Regina in 1994.


1996 Recipients Dr. Morris C. Shumiatcher, O.C., S.O.M., S.J.D., Q.C.

(1917 - 2004)

A noted barrister and civil libertarian, Morris Shumiatcher has left a profound mark on the legal history of Saskatchewan and Canada. Born in Calgary in 1917, he was educated at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, where he received his doctorate in law. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Starting in 1945 he assisted in the legislative program of the new CCF government in Saskatchewan. Among the innovative laws drafted by Dr. Shumiatcher were the Farm Security Act, the Trade Union Act, and legislation establishing Crown corporations. He was also the author of the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights, the first statute of its kind in Canada and a model for the Canadian Bill of Rights of 1960. Dr. Shumiatcher acquired a national reputation in the practice of law, taking a particular interest in human rights issues, including the plight of Aboriginal Canadians and the status of women. The Matrimonial Property Act was in part a result of his able defence of cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Morris Shumiatcher was a leader in legal education and a prolific writer and speaker. He served as national chair of the civil liberties section of the Canadian Bar Association. In 1979 he published a book on the legal profession, Man of Law: A Model. Dr. Shumiatcher served as honorary consul-general of Japan and dean of the Saskatchewan consular corps and in 1987 was made a member of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan. Morris Shumiatcher and his wife Jacqui are well known as respected patrons of the arts and major contributors to fundraising for worthy causes. Dr. Shumiatcher served as president of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Mackenzie Art Gallery. In 1981 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1995 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association. Theatres at the Mackenzie Art Gallery and the University of Regina are named in his honour.


1996 Recipients Dr. John W.T. Spinks,

C.C., S.O.M., M.B.E.

(1908 - 1997)

University president and distinguished scientist, John Spinks was born in England in 1908 and emigrated to Canada in 1930 to join the chemistry faculty of the University of Saskatchewan. He continued research in photochemistry at Saskatoon and in Germany. During the Second World War Dr. Spinks developed search-and-rescue operations for the Royal Canadian Air Force, took part in the early work on atomic energy and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Returning to the University of Saskatchewan after the war, Dr. Spinks pioneered the use of radioactive isotopes in agricultural and chemical research. His isotope labelling technology has proven to be of international significance and led to new areas of basic and applied research. He was an active member of the Canadian delegations to United Nations conferences on the peaceful uses of atomic energy and frequently involved in scientific exchanges with Europe. He published over 250 scientific and other works and through his teaching inspired generations of students and researchers. Dr. Spinks was appointed dean of graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 1949 and president of the university in 1959, a post he held until retirement in 1974. During his tenure the university, with its two campuses in Saskatoon and Regina, grew from 4,500 to 13,500 full-time students. Dr. Spinks became a recognized authority on university education and served on the Saskatchewan Research Council, the National Research Council, the Defence Research Board and the Canada Council. In 1970 Dr. Spinks was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest honour. He received a number of honorary degrees, was a member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and was Saskatoon Citizen of the Year in 1985.


1996 Recipients Tillie Taylor, S.O.M. Born in Saskatoon in 1922, Tillie Taylor was a role model for women in Saskatchewan. As a young woman she was involved in the Youth Congress Movement, an organization committed to finding solutions to poverty and the threat of war. She graduated in arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1941. Returning later to the university, she graduated in law in 1957. After serving as deputy registrar in the Saskatoon Land Titles Office, in 1960 Mrs. Taylor was appointed a provincial magistrate (now provincial court judge), the first woman to hold such a post. She became known for her common-sense and sensitive approach to legal issues. She was a member of the first board of directors of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and a board member of the Canadian Council of Social Development. She also worked with the John Howard Society. In 1972 Tillie Taylor again fulfilled a role as pioneer when she became the first chairperson of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Although still sitting as a judge she handled the challenging task of building the commission, clearly establishing its legal mandate, and making a mark on the social conscience of Saskatchewan residents. She succeeded in establishing the commission as a leader in expanding the understanding of human rights in Canada and in building a firm foundation for the protection of minority and individual rights in Saskatchewan. She served as president of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.


1997 Recipients Boyd M. Anderson,

C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Born in 1920 on a ranch near Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, Boyd Anderson entered the family ranching business as a boy and started his own operation in 1939. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1942 and after training as a paratrooper in Britain was parachuted into occupied France during the Normandy landings and taken prisoner of war. On returning to Canada in 1945 Mr. Anderson resumed ranching and became involved in local government. He served as reeve of the rural municipality of Waverley for 28 years and as president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities from 1977 to 1982. Boyd Anderson was president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He served on numerous boards and committees, among them Canadian Western Agribition, the provincial Beef Stabilization Board, the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Canada Grains Council and the Royal Canadian Legion. He published two books: Beyond the Range, a History of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, in 1988 and, in 1996, his autobiography, Grass Roots. In 1979 Mr. Anderson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and in 1992 was named Saskatchewan Cattleman of the Year. In 1993 he received the L.B. Thomsen Award for Soil Conservation in Canada. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1999.


1997 Recipients Margaret Belcher, S.O.M. (1920 - 2003)

Margaret Belcher, born in 1920 into a pioneer farm family in Dilke, Saskatchewan, was a professor of French literature well known for her interest and expertise in natural history and ornithology. She received her bachelor’s degree and certificate in education from the University of Saskatchewan and began teaching at Regina College, predecessor of the University of Regina, in 1944. After earning an M.A. at the University of Toronto she returned to teaching, first at Rosetown, then at Regina College. She continued her academic career at the university until retirement in 1988. Ms. Belcher served as dean of women at Regina College, as head of the French department, and on many university committees where her experience, wisdom and sound advice were greatly valued. She published articles and a book in the field of 17th century French literature. Ms. Belcher was highly regarded for her commitment to the natural environment and bird-watching. She served on the executive of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society (now Nature Saskatchewan) for 21 years, including a year as president, and was associate editor of the society’s quarterly publication, Blue Jay, for 35 years, contributing numerous articles. She was made a Fellow of the Society in 1989 and wrote its history. For decades she participated in annual bird counts and was recognized in 1996 for 26 continuous years in the breeding bird survey. In 1988 she was Soroptimist International Woman of the Year in Regina. In 1988 the University of Regina named a scholarship in French studies in her honour and she was appointed the only honorary member of the Faculty of Arts.


1997 Recipients Carol Gay Bell, C.M., S.O.M. Regina-born Carol Gay Bell is well known for her contribution to the performing arts, communications and broadcasting. She was educated at the University of Manitoba and in radio and television arts at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, where she was awarded the silver medal as outstanding female graduate. Ms. Bell then pursued a career in journalism in Saskatchewan; she was the first female staff announcer for CBC radio and television, the first Saskatchewan producer of musical variety on CBC television, the first female jazz disc jockey in Canada, and an actress in the first live drama on CKCK television. She was also the first certified baton-twirling judge in western Canada, coordinated the first musical theatre program at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts, and founded the Saskatchewan Roughriders cheerleaders, which she directed for 17 years. In 1980 Carol Gay Bell launched the nationally-known touring musical review Saskatchewan Express, which recruits young talent in the province each year for performances across Canada and in the United States. Saskatchewan Express has been featured at Expo 86 in Vancouver, the Festival by the Sea in New Brunswick, and twice in Ottawa at the Canada Day celebration. Ms. Bell was artistic director and general manager for the show from its inception. She was credited with giving Saskatchewan performers a national profile which led many of them to careers in broadcasting, music and the performing arts. She also directed a musical theatre studio in Regina.


1997 Recipients Victor Cicansky, S.O.M. Internationally-known sculptor Vic Cicansky was born in Regina in 1935. He earned degrees in education from the University of Saskatchewan and in English from the University of Regina, and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of California at Davis. In the 1960s he began his artistic career as a sculptor and teacher of fine art. After teaching at Central Collegiate in Regina he joined the staff in fine arts at the University of Regina in 1970 and continued teaching there until 1994. He also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art, the University of California at Davis, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. A prolific artist and exhibitor, Mr. Cicansky’s sculptures are found in many galleries and private collections and he participated in solo or group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Vic Cicansky is known for his clay and bronze sculptures, many of which are connected to nature and describe the cultural, agricultural and historical circumstances of the Canadian West. He received major commissions, including large-scale ceramic murals for the Government of Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is featured in art publications and textbooks. Mr. Cicansky has been a generous donor of his work to hospitals, small galleries and fundraising groups for social issues. A gifted teacher, he taught sculpture to hundreds of students and recruited artists to teach and do demonstrations in schools across the province. He received a number of awards and Canada Council grants.


1997 Recipients Dr. Stirling McDowell, S.O.M. (1931 - 2002)

Stirling McDowell had a distinguished career in Canadian education for over four decades. Born in 1931 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, he was educated at the Saskatoon Normal School and then took a bachelor of arts at the University of Saskatchewan followed by bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education there and a doctorate in education at the University of Alberta. After teaching at Outlook and Rosetown he joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation in 1957, serving as its general secretary from 1967 to 1982. He was secretary general of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in Ottawa from then until 1993, after which he worked on contract for the Canadian Association of Principals and retired to Saskatoon. Dr. McDowell served on a large number of provincial and national committees in the field of education and was a delegate to a series of international conferences. He was chair or vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Universities Commission between 1974 and 1981. He is credited with a major contribution to the comprehensive Education Act of 1978. As spokesman for Saskatchewan teachers he earned a reputation for a cooperative approach to negotiations and for the concept of bi-level bargaining adopted in 1973. He was chair of the independent committee on compensation of Members of the Legislative Assembly in 1994 - 95. The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation established the Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research into Teaching in his honour in 1991. Dr. McDowell was made an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and of the Canadian Educational Association and was president of the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers.


1997 Recipients R. Ross Pinder, S.O.M. (1918 - 2004)

Ross Pinder, a prominent Saskatchewan entrepreneur, was born in Saskatoon in 1918 and received his licence in pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan in 1939. After a year in the family drugstore business he joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and saw active service in north-west Europe. After his return to Saskatoon he rejoined Pinder’s Drugs and became its president, a position he held until retirement in 1990. During his tenure the number of stores rose from three in Saskatoon to 23 in Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. Highly regarded in the business world, Mr. Pinder was a leader in community affairs, education and the arts. Ross Pinder played an active role in raising funds for the Saskatoon Foundation for educational and cultural development in Saskatoon and area. A founding member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in the northern part of Saskatchewan, he was on its board for 50 years. He helped start the United Way in Saskatoon in 1959 and served as its second campaign chairman. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Hospital board. He also served on the Saskatoon Collegiate Board from 1963 to 1970 and was chairman for six years, during which he was an advocate of quality education, especially in drama and music programs. An avid sportsman, Mr. Pinder was a member of the board of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and active in Ducks Unlimited, Kinsmen, the United Church and the Saskatoon Board of Trade.


1998 Recipients Isabelle Butters, C.M., S.O.M. Isabelle Butters was involved in civic, provincial and national activities for 40 years. Born in Weyburn in 1929, she had a successful business career with the Weyburn Cooperative Association, beginning as an office assistant and attaining the position of general manager. She was active in municipal politics in Weyburn, serving as alderman for 12 years and mayor from 1976 to 1982. She was well known for her community and charitable work in the United Church, the Weyburn Arts Council, United Appeal, Chamber of Commerce, Community Health Council, Arthritis Society, of which she served as president, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, of which she was provincial president. She served for 13 years on the Public Service Commission Appeal Board. Ms. Butters’s leadership was particularly evident in her contribution to literacy and the development of libraries in Saskatchewan. As chair of the Weyburn Public Library Board, she led the board through a successful fundraising campaign to computerize the library. She served on the Saskatchewan Library Board and the Southeast Regional Library Board, of which she became chair. She was also president of the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association. She played a key role in provincial committees developing strategic plans for resource-sharing and information technology for all Saskatchewan libraries. In 1980 Ms. Butters was named Citizen of the Year by the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1998 she received an award for Lifetime Achievement of Women of Distinction by the YWCA.


1998 Recipients Dr. Constantine A. Campbell, C.M., S.O.M.

Born in 1934 in Jamaica, Constantine Campbell moved to Canada in 1955 and earned degrees in agricultural chemistry and soil science at the Ontario Agricultural College, then his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1965. Almost all his career was spent as a research scientist at the Agriculture Canada Research Centre at Swift Current until 1997, when he moved to Ottawa and a pre-retirement position at the Agriculture Canada central experimental farm. Dr. Campbell’s main interest was soil research related to dryland farming in the Canadian prairies. He was head of the soils and environment section and program leader for the soil management and conservation program at the Swift Current centre from 1975 to 1990. He was also adjunct professor in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Campbell’s research helped make dryland farming more productive and sustainable. His studies of soil fertility and organic matter decline showed how soil degradation can be reversed. He studied a wide range of crop and soil management issues and was known for his ability to interpret his findings to producers and industry. He won an international reputation for team-work with other scientists, contributions to textbooks and conferences, and supervision of graduate students, and published numerous articles and books. Dr. Campbell was made a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1988, a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy in 1993, and a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997. Active in the community, he played on the national Canadian Cricket Team.


1998 Recipients Roger C. Carter,

O.C., S.O.M., Q.C., LL.D.

(1922 - 2009)

Born in Moose Jaw in 1922, Roger Carter received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He practised law in Saskatoon from 1947 to 1963 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1958. In 1963 Mr. Carter joined the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan; he was dean of the college from 1968 to 1974. In 1973 he launched the summer Program of Legal Studies for Native People, which prepares Aboriginal people for the study of law, and in 1975 opened the Native Law Centre, a centre of research and publications which administers the program. Mr. Carter remained director of the centre until 1981. He was respected for his strong commitment to social justice and his dedication to the advancement of the Aboriginal peoples. On retirement from the university in 1989 he was named professor emeritus of law. Roger Carter played a decisive role in opening the legal profession to Aboriginal people. When he started the summer law program in 1973 there were four lawyers of Aboriginal ancestry in Canada; by 1998 there were 600, two-thirds of whom were graduates of the program. Many became judges, lawyers and politicians, well known nationally and internationally. Mr. Carter received an honorary doctorate of laws from Queen’s University in 1981. In 1989 he became the first non-Aboriginal person to be named a Companion of the Order of Gabriel Dumont by the Métis community and to be made an honorary member of the Indigenous Bar Association. In 1992 he received an Award for Excellence in Race Relations from the federal Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism.


1998 Recipients John Green, C.M., S.O.M., Q.C. (1915 - 2007)

Born in Yorkshire, England, in 1915, emigrating to Canada in 1935, John Green studied law at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Berkeley. He worked for the Saskatchewan Reconstruction Council at the end of the Second World War and in 1945 began a career as legal advisor with Saskatchewan Government Insurance in Regina. He served as general counsel in the 1960s and in 1973 became general manager of SGI (a position now known as president), where he remained until retirement in 1980. Mr. Green was responsible for drafting the Automobile Accident Insurance Act in 1945 and for introducing the first compensation plan for personal injury irrespective of fault, which developed into the first comprehensive auto insurance plan in North America. During his time at SGI Mr. Green achieved an international reputation for his pioneering and innovative work in public auto insurance, setting examples and standards closely followed in other jurisdictions. He continued to advise SGI on major policy issues after his retirement. A blind person himself, John Green provided volunteer leadership to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, including terms as chair of the South Saskatchewan board, assisting the visually-impaired to participate in the work force and social and cultural opportunities. He was active in the Canadian Bar Association, Scouts, the United Way, and the Lions’ Club, where he was district governor in 1972 - 73, and received their Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1991 for humanitarian service. Mr. Green was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1980.


1998 Recipients Savella Stechishin, C.M., S.O.M., D.C.L.

(1904 - 2002)

A leader in the Canadian Ukrainian community, Savella Stechishin was born in 1903 in western Ukraine, emigrating to Canada in 1913, where her family homesteaded near Saskatoon. She took Ukrainian studies at the Mohyla Institute in Saskatoon and teacher training at the Saskatoon Normal School. In 1930 Mrs. Stechishin received a Home Economics degree from the University of Saskatchewan, the first Ukrainian woman to graduate from that university and the first in Canada to receive a home economics degree. She continued her innovative work by initiating the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada in 1927, serving as its president for ten years during which it grew to 150 branches across the country. In 1936 she co-founded the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, which increased to five branches, including the main museum in Saskatoon, and displays many items donated by Mrs. Stechishin from her family’s personal collection. Savella Stechishin was also a journalist and author. Columnist and women’s page editor for the Ukrainian Voice for 25 years, she wrote on nutrition and health in Ukrainian publications for the federal government during the Second World War. She was author or co-author of several books on Ukrainian culture and in 1957 published Traditional Ukrainian Cookery, now in its 18th printing. Active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, she received an honorary doctorate of canon law from St. Andrew’s College, University of Manitoba, in 1976. Mrs. Stechishin was named woman of the year by the Saskatchewan Council of Women and Ukrainian Canadian Committee in 1975 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989.


1999 Recipients Dr. Marc A. Baltzan, O.C., S.O.M. (1929 - 2005)

Marc Baltzan, born in Saskatoon in 1929, took medical studies at McGill University in Montreal and in the United States. He practised internal medicine and nephrology in Saskatoon from 1959, apart from five years when he was Chief, Department of Medicine, at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Baltzan had a distinguished and nationally-known medical career. He served as assistant dean of medicine, graduate studies and research, at the University of Saskatchewan, president of the Saskatchewan and Canadian Medical Associations, chair of the medical advisory board of the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation, and head or member of numerous other professional and academic bodies. He held senior positions at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, including Chief of Medicine. Dr. Baltzan started a renal transplant program in Saskatoon which has drawn international attention for its high rate of success. He continued his practice and research in renal medicine, including kidney transplants and dialysis. He was the author of a large number of articles in professional journals and essays, and made frequent contributions to newspapers and television. Dr. Baltzan had a senior life membership in the Canadian Medical Association, received the Canada 125 Medal, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. He served as chair of the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine. He is the only Saskatchewan person to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians.


1999 Recipients Frederick W. Hill, C.M., S.O.M., D.F.C.

(1920 - 2008)

Fred Hill, one of Saskatchewan’s most successful and influential businessmen, chairman and director of the McCallum Hill Companies, was born in 1920 in Regina. Mr. Hill was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the Harvard Business School. During the Second World War he joined the U.S. air force and served overseas with distinction as a bomber pilot; he received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In the postwar period Mr. Hill was responsible for the first private residential development in Regina, the Hillsdale subdivision, and in 1950 founded Western Surety, a company specializing in contract bonding which operates throughout Canada. He owned CKCK, Saskatchewan’s first private television station, from 1977 to 1987. His companies include a real estate, broadcasting, oil and gas, and insurance in Canada and the United States. Fred Hill served on Regina city council and was active on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. His McCallum Hill company redeveloped downtown Regina with the city’s five largest office towers. He is particularly known for his involvement with Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, where he served as president and chancellor; he oversaw a major rebuilding and expansion of the secondary residential school. Mr. Hill established the Madonna Foundation for charities and was a director of the Catholic Civil Rights League. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986.


1999 Recipients Gordon S. MacMurchy, S.O.M. (1925 - 2005)

Gordon MacMurchy devoted a lifetime of service to community, sports and politics in Saskatchewan. Born in 1925, he was raised on the family farm in Semans. He played competitive hockey and baseball for many years and continued as a baseball umpire and hockey coach known all over Saskatchewan. Mr. MacMurchy received the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Trophy for Service to Minor Hockey in 1969 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. He served as chairman of the Govan School Unit, chairman of the museum board, mayor of Semans, trustee for the local home care and hospital districts, and first chair of the Living Sky Health District. Mr. MacMurchy was a member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly from 1971 to 1982. He was a prominent cabinet member in the government of Allan Blakeney, serving as minister of education, housing, municipal affairs, transportation, Indian affairs, agriculture and deputy house leader. Mr. MacMurchy was an innovator in his cabinet portfolios: he introduced physical education as a core curricular subject, publicly-supported rural kindergartens and teacher collective bargaining in education, revenue sharing and community capital funds in municipal affairs, expanded senior citizens low rental housing, provincially-owned grain hopper cars, beef stabilization and the FarmLab program shared between farmers and the University of Saskatchewan.


1999 Recipients H. Frances Morrison, S.O.M. Frances Morrison was the chief librarian of the City of Saskatoon from 1961 to 1980. Born in 1918 in Saskatoon, she was educated at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the staff of the public library in 1943 as an assistant. After completing a library science degree at the University of Toronto, she became successively children’s librarian, head of reference and assistant chief librarian before her appointment as chief librarian - one of the first women department heads in the city. During her tenure she was responsible for a major library expansion, the construction of a new main library, a local history room, programming services, and audio-visual and fine arts departments. Mrs. Morrison played a prominent role in provincial and national library associations and in the establishment of the regional library system in Saskatchewan. When she retired in 1980, the city named the main library in her honour. Mrs. Morrison has been involved in a wide range of other activities, including the Meewasin Valley Authority, member and chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Saskatoon Business and Professional Women’s Club, the YWCA, the Saskatoon Heritage Society, the United Church and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award of the Canadian Library Association in 1981, a YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 1989, and the Canada 125 Medal in 1993.


1999 Recipients Pamela D. Wallin,

O.C., S.O.M., D.Litt.

Pamela Wallin acquired a reputation as the best television interviewer in Canada. Born in Moose Jaw in 1953, Ms. Wallin grew up in Wadena. Graduating from the University of Regina in 1974, she was briefly a social worker at the penitentiary in Prince Albert before becoming a researcher and producer for CBC Radio in Regina. In 1975 Ms. Wallin moved to Ottawa to do production and on-air work with CBC Radio, before going to Toronto in 1977 to the team of As It Happens. In 1979 she joined the Toronto Star’s Ottawa bureau. Ms. Wallin began her television career in 1981 as host of the national CTV program Canada AM. In 1985 CTV appointed her as the first woman Ottawa bureau chief in Canadian television network history. From 1992 to 1995 Ms. Wallin was co-anchor of CBC’s Prime Time News. From 1995 she owned her own production companies, Current Affairs Group and Pamela Wallin Productions, producing and hosting her own interview programs Pamela Wallin and Pamela Wallin & Company for CBC and CBC Newsworld. She also produced Maclean’s TV for CTV and was consulting executive editor of Report on Business TV, a new business specialty channel. In 1998 she published her autobiography, Since You Asked. She has honorary degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and Loyalist College and has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting. She has maintained close ties with her native province and co-owns a business in Wadena with her sister. In 1994 the Town of Wadena named Pamela Wallin Drive in her honour. In 1999 Ms. Wallin was the first recipient of the United Nations Development Fund for Women Canada Award.


1999 Recipients The Honourable Dr. Stephen Worobetz,

O.C., S.O.M., M.C., LL.D.

(1914 - 2006)

Stephen Worobetz was born in Krydor in 1914, the son of pioneer parents. He took medical studies at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1940. He then joined the Canadian Army and served as a medical officer with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Italian campaign, during which he was awarded the Military Cross for courage under fire. After the war he practised as a family physician in Saskatoon and took post-graduate studies in Winnipeg and Philadelphia to be a general surgeon. In 1970 Dr. Worobetz was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, the first person of Ukrainian origin to occupy the vice-regal post; he served with dedication and distinction until 1976, when he resumed his medical career until retirement in 1982. Stephen Worobetz was charter president of St. Joseph’s nursing home and the reorganized Canadian Club of Saskatoon and member of a number of volunteer boards. In 1989 he and his wife established the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation to promote voluntarism and assist charitable organizations, among them the University of Saskatchewan, Amnesty International and St. Paul’s Hospital. In 1999 Dr. and Mrs. Worobetz established an endowment fund at St. Thomas More College to initiate long-term support of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage. Dr. Worobetz received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and the Canada 125 Medal and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.


1999 Recipients Clifford Wright, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D. Cliff Wright is a well-known former mayor of Saskatoon. Born in 1927 in Saskatoon, he spent all his business career in the family construction company, the oldest in the province. He was first elected to city council in 1966 and served as mayor from 1976 to 1988, a period during which Saskatoon was known for its dynamism and its effective municipal government. Mr. Wright was a prime mover in such developments as the Western Canada Summer Games in 1979, the city centennial in 1982, and the creation of Wanuskewin Heritage Park and of the Meewasin Valley Authority. After leaving civic politics Mr. Wright was appointed by the Government of Canada and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations as Treaty Commissioner from 1989 to 1993; during his tenure the landmark Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement was signed with First Nations. Mr. Wright had a long-standing interest in health care, serving on the board of City Hospital and chair of Royal University Hospital and working for reduction of duplication and improvement in community-based health services. From 1992 to 1995 he was the first chairperson of the Saskatoon District Health Board, using his prestige and negotiating skills to find solutions to the problems of integrated health care. Mr. Wright was also active in many charitable and community organizations. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 and the Canada 125 Medal. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.


2000 Recipients The Honourable Allan E. Blakeney,

P.C., O.C., S.O.M., F.R.S.C., Q.C., D.C.L.

Allan Blakeney was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1982. He now resides in Saskatoon, where he is at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Blakeney was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, in 1925. He took arts and law degrees from Dalhousie University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University from 1947 to 1949. He joined the public service of Saskatchewan in 1950, serving first as Secretary of Crown Corporations and then as Chairman of the Saskatchewan Securities Commission. He practised law in Regina in 1958 - 1960 and 1964 - 1970. Mr. Blakeney was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as a CCF member in 1960, serving until retirement in 1988. Mr. Blakeney was Minister of Education (1960 - 61), Provincial Treasurer (1961 - 62) and Minister of Public Health (1962 - 64). Elected leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in 1970, he was Leader of the Opposition in 1970 - 71, then served as Premier of Saskatchewan for the next 11 years. From 1982 until 1987 he was again Leader of the Opposition. After leaving politics he taught law at York University, Toronto, 1988 - 90, and at the University of Saskatchewan, 1990 - 92. Mr. Blakeney enjoyed a reputation as one of Canada’s most capable premiers, a firstrate administrator and an expert in constitutional matters, and earned the respect of all political parties. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from six Canadian universities, was appointed to Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 1982, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992. He served as a Commissioner on Royal Commission for Aboriginal Peoples in 1991 - 93. He is advisor on institutions of federalism to Russia and South Africa, past president of the World Federalists of Canada, and president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


2000 Recipients Lorne E. Dietrick, S.O.M. (1915 - 2005)

Lorne Dietrick is a long-time leader in the co-operative movement and a pioneer in co-op farming. Now retired, he lives on the Matador Farm near Kyle. He was born in Saskatoon in 1915. He was the first manager of the LeRoy Co-operative Association in 1939-41 and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War from 1943 to 1945. He received a diploma in agriculture in 1946. Mr. Dietrick helped establish the Matador Co-operative Farm in 1946 for returning war veterans and served as first chairman of Matador Farm and later as first chairman of Matador Co-operative Trading. In 1948 he led the organization of the Saskatchewan Federation of Production Co-operatives, an organization of co-op farms and machinery co-ops, and was its first chairman until 1967. He was an original board member of the Co-operative Trust Company and served on the Saskatchewan Lands Appeal Board. At a time when China was a closed society, Mr. Dietrick was active in the CanadaChina Friendship Association and visited China four times to study co-operatives and advise on farming methods. He greatly furthered relations between Canada and China and established the Canada-China farmers’ exchange program in 1979, which led to close links between Saskatchewan and China. Active in the community, Mr. Dietrick coached baseball and hockey in Kyle, was involved in the Royal Canadian Legion and the Seniors’ Association, and served on the rural life committee of the United Church.


2000 Recipients Bill Hanson, S.O.M. Bill Hanson has been a leader in promoting Aboriginal employment. Retired from the federal public service, he lives in Saskatoon. He was born in Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, in 1925. After working in traditional Aboriginal activities on the land, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving in the Second World War from 1943 to 1945 in Britain, Belgium and Norway. He then trained in diesel engineering at the Manitoba Technical Institute in Winnipeg. While living in The Pas he was one of the first Aboriginal constables in western Canada. Mr. Hanson joined the federal public service in 1954 and soon became the youngest manager in the National Employment Service and the only one of Aboriginal ancestry. Subsequently he was northern Saskatchewan area manager and then special projects officer for Canada Employment & Immigration, and advisor on Aboriginal issues for the Department of Regional Economic Expansion. Since his retirement from the federal public service in 1981, Mr. Hanson has been a consultant on cross-cultural issues. He was instrumental in forming the Interprovincial Association on Native Employment Inc. (IANE) and has served, mostly on a volunteer basis, as its executive co-ordinator. IANE established the Bill Hanson Award in his honour in 1994-95. Mr. Hanson published a handbook Dual Realities - Dual Strategies, where he identifies future development paths for the Aboriginal peoples, and is the author of articles and videos on this topic. He is active in the race relations committee of the City of Saskatoon. He is widely in demand as a speaker and adviser on Aboriginal employment issues.


2000 Recipients Robert N. Hinitt, C.M., S.O.M. Retired teacher Robert Hinitt, a resident of Saskatoon, has devoted much of his life to amateur theatre in Saskatchewan. He was born in Winnipeg in 1926 and attended the University of Saskatchewan, Laval University, and the Sorbonne in Paris. For many years he was a teacher of French at City Park and Aden Bowman collegiates in Saskatoon, where he inspired students to pursue further studies in French. Mr. Hinitt also taught drama and founded the drama department at Aden Bowman, which led many students to careers in the performing arts. He was instrumental in building Castle Theatre at the collegiate, the only small theatre in Saskatoon, the first round one in the city, and the only one with both proscenium and apron stages. Mr. Hinitt is renowned for his talent in theatre direction, acting, sets and costumes. He was a founding member of the Saskatoon Gateway Players and Saskatoon Summer Players and the first board chair of Persephone Theatre, a professional theatre company in Saskatoon. He was responsible for the spectacular annual graduation decorations at Aden Bowman Collegiate, making it the leading Canadian school raising funds for UNICEF. He has built Christmas wonderland displays at his home since 1947 to raise funds for local charities. Mr. Hinitt received a Canada Council Fellowship to study and observe at the Stratford theatre festival in Ontario in 1961. He was named the first CFQC citizen of the year in 1967 and a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982.


2000 Recipients Ruth Horlick, S.O.M. Ruth Horlick has made a major contribution to psychiatric nursing and has been an exceptional community volunteer in Saskatoon. She was born in 1919 in Toronto and educated at Queen’s University and Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing. She took post-graduate training in psychiatric nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, in Denver and in Washington, D.C., before moving to Saskatoon in 1954. While she raised her family Mrs. Horlick became involved in psychiatric group therapy on a volunteer basis in the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan and in the McKerracher Centre, a psychiatric day-care unit. She resumed her career in 1977 to run groups for psychiatric patients at the Royal University Hospital. She helped form the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and was a volunteer tutor at the Regional Psychiatric Centre of the Canadian Penitentiary Service. She was also a board member of the Crocus Co-op for ex-psychiatric patients and the Saskatoon Housing Coalition for psychiatric patients. Ruth Horlick’s volunteer commitments extend to the social and cultural spheres. She is honorary patron of the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery and has served as president of the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary. She was first president of Saskatoon Symphony Volunteers and is a strong supporter of the Youth Orchestra and the Mendel Gallery. She has been a board member of the Meewasin Foundation. She received a National Volunteer Award in 1988 and a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1989.


2000 Recipients Dr. Krishna Kumar, S.O.M. Dr. Krishna Kumar, a neurosurgeon who has practised in Regina for 38 years, is a leader in neurosurgical procedures, especially for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. He was born in India in 1931. He did medical studies in India, including general surgery, then studied neurosurgery in Canada, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (neurosurgery) in 1961. He is one of two neurosurgeons in Canada performing complex neurosurgical procedures for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain and is an internationally-known expert and speaker in pain management. His neurosurgical procedures have been televised on national networks and he is the author of numerous scientific papers and articles on neurosurgery, chronic pain treatment and Parkinson’s disease. As a clinical professor at the University of Saskatchewan Dr. Kumar has encouraged students and residents to enter the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Kumar was responsible for bringing the first magnetic imaging resonance unit to the Regina Health District and acquired a Stealth Navigational System for computerdirected surgery, the most sophisticated of its kind in Canada. He served as chair of the medical board of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan for 20 years. He is a member of the Senate of the University of Regina. He received a Quality Improvement Award from the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Saskatchewan College of Physicians & Surgeons and a Community Appreciation Award in 1996, and an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He is a founding member of the South Saskatchewan Hindu Temple in Regina.


2000 Recipients Sandra Schmirler, S.O.M. (1963 - 2000) (posthumous)

Sandra Schmirler, the greatest curler in the history of women’s curling, led her team to an Olympic gold medal in 1998. Born in Biggar in 1963, Ms. Schmirler died in Regina in March 2000, at the age of 36. She is the first posthumous appointment to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. From a young age she showed superior ability in education and athletics: speed swimming, volleyball, badminton and curling. She obtained a degree in physical education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. She was employed for 16 years by the City of Regina in the area of community programming. With team members Jan Betker, Joan McCusker, Marcia Gudereit, Anita Ford and Atina Ford, Sandra Schmirler was skip of record-breaking women’s curling teams. She won six provincial women’s curling titles and three Canadian and world curling championships (1993, 1994, 1997), and was skip of the only Canadian team to win three world championships. Her team made Olympic history in Nagano, Japan, in 1998 by winning the first women’s curling gold medal. The team was voted Canadian Press team of the year in 1998 and inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1999. The team is to be inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in November 2000. Sandra Schmirler was known across Canada and internationally as an ambassador for curling, community leader and role model for youth. A park in Biggar and a street in Regina have been named in her honour.


2000 Recipients Fred L. Wagman, S.O.M. Fred Wagman has been a pioneer in cable television and local television production. He was born in 1937 in Regina and educated at the Universities of Alberta and Regina. He began his broadcasting career in 1957 with CK Television in Regina. Mr. Wagman was appointed the first president and chief executive officer of the Cable Regina television co-operative in 1975. Cable Regina began broadcasting in 1978 with six television channels. Now known as Access Communications, it is the seventh-largest cable company in Canada, with over 70 television channels and Internet and other services. Under Mr. Wagman’s leadership Access Communications has given priority to community programming and supported numerous volunteer groups and charitable causes, including the Access Communications Children’s Fund. Active in the community, Fred Wagman was President of Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club in 1996 and 1997. He was chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Cable Television Association in 1998 - 1999 and is a member of the honour list of the association. He served as the 101st president of Regina Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wagman initiated the annual Access Communications/Great West Life golf tournament to raise funds for equipment in Regina hospitals. The Access Communications/Fred Wagman Scholarship was established in his honour for students in the film and video program at the University of Regina.


2001 Recipients The Honourable Dr. Lynda M. Haverstock, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Ex-Officio Member Born in Swift Current, Dr. Lynda Haverstock left high school prematurely and returned to complete Grades 11 and 12 as an adult. She later earned Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees in the Education of Exceptional Children, and a PhD in clinical psychology. Lynda Haverstock taught at the university level in both Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Dr. Haverstock is highly regarded for having established innovative programs for disabled students, chronically truant adolescents, and farm families in crisis. She has given hundreds of seminars and workshops for professionals, and has contributed to publications including the handbook Fighting the Farm Crisis (1988). In 1989 she became the first woman to be elected leader of a political party in Saskatchewan when she became the leader of the Liberal Party, a post she held until 1995. She remained an independent Member of Legislative Assembly until her retirement from politics in 1999. An avid supporter of the arts community and second-language instruction in the province, Dr. Haverstock continued her support through her role as honorary patron to many arts organizations, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. She visited hundreds of schools and was active in annual Treaty Day celebrations, meeting frequently with female Elders. Dr. Haverstock was sworn in as Saskatchewan’s 19th Lieutenant Governor on February 21st, 2000. She is the Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Order of Canada.


2001 Recipients His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales,

K.G., K.T., G.C.B., O.M., S.O.M., C.D., A.D.C.

Honorary Member

The Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born on November 14, 1948, and christened Charles Philip Arthur George. On the accession of Queen Elizabeth in 1952, he became heir apparent to the throne. His Royal Highness was educated at Cheam School and Gordonstoun in Scotland. He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with an honours degree in 1970. He was formally invested as The Prince of Wales in 1969 by The Queen. In 1971, His Royal Highness learned to fly jet aircraft and received his wings in the Royal Air Force. From 1971 to 1978 he served in the Royal Navy. He holds the ranks of Captain in the Royal Navy and Group Captain in the Royal Air Force and has honorary appointments to numerous Commonwealth military units. His two children, Prince William and Prince Henry (Harry) are respectively second and third in line of succession to the throne. His Royal Highness is patron or president of a large number of organizations covering a range of activities. His many personal interests include the environment, architecture, heritage, sport, youth and education, agriculture, and health care. He is particularly known for his work with young people and in developing partnerships between business and local communities; this he achieves principally through The Prince’s Trust, of which he is President. The Trust assists young people with personal development, education, and employment or business opportunities. In his efforts to promote environmental conservation, The Prince of Wales has spoken widely on the subject, produced a television program The Earth in Balance (1990), and developed the largest organic farm in the United Kingdom. He is a patron of the arts and known for his views on architecture, design and urban planning. He is also known for his interest in complementary medicine and has given considerable support to those working in the fields of mental health, elderly care, and disabilities. The Prince of Wales has visited Canada many times, including all 10 provinces, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.


2001 Recipients Neil Jahnke, S.O.M. Born in Swift Current in 1942, Neil Jahnke is a rancher in southern Saskatchewan at Gouldtown, near Herbert. He has spent a lifetime in the livestock industry and is widely recognized for his leadership in promoting Canadian beef exports. Mr. Jahnke has been president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association and Saskatchewan Livestock Association. He has been national chairman of the Beef Information Centre, is vice-president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and is past president of the Canadian Beef Export Federation. He was chairperson of the board of the Western Beef Development Centre. Mr. Jahnke was instrumental in establishing the Commercial Cattle Show at Western Canadian Agribition in Regina as North America’s largest indoor cattle show and helped initiate the Agribition Ranch Horse Sale. As chair of the foreign trade committee of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association he is credited with a major role in protecting Canadian beef sales to the United States in response to trade actions and in developing markets in Asia and Mexico. In 1994 he received an honorary life membership in the Agricultural Institute of Canada.


2001 Recipients Dr. Lalita Malhotra, C.M., S.O.M. A family physician specializing in obstetrics, Lalita Malhotra was born in Delhi, India, in 1941. Following medical studies in India and post-graduate work in the United Kingdom, she emigrated to Canada in 1975 and established her own practice in Prince Albert. Dr. Malhotra’s research and practice in obstetrics and gynecology have had a major impact in the Prince Albert area and Northern Saskatchewan. Her focus has been in women’s health and she has a special interest in teenage and high-risk pregnancies due to poor health, nutrition problems and socio-economic status. The majority of her patients are northern Aboriginal people, for whom she has been an inspiration and a role model. Dr. Malhotra has delivered the highest number of babies in Saskatchewan, including some of record weight. Dr. Malhotra started the Women’s Wellness Clinic in Prince Albert. She is an elected member of the Prince Albert Health District and a member of its executive. Active in the community, she has served as president of the Girl Guides in Prince Albert, patron of the city’s music festival, and a member of the Hindu Society of Saskatchewan and the India-Canada Association. She received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2001.


2001 Recipients M.L. (Peggy) McKercher, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Margaret L. (Peggy) McKercher, born in Manitoba and educated at the University of Saskatchewan, is a prominent community leader in Saskatoon. She was the first woman to be elected to the rural municipality of Corman Park, serving as deputy reeve. She has been a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Canadian Water Resources Board, the Canadiana Fund for the National Capital Commission, the Governor General’s board for the Meritorious Service Decorations, and fundraising for the Sherbrooke Community Centre. Mrs. McKercher is particularly known for her crucial role in the establishment of the Meewasin Valley Authority, of which she was the first chairperson from 1979 to 1995. She was also instrumental in the development of Wanuskewin Heritage Park from 1982 until its official opening in 1992 and continued on its board until 1997. Peggy McKercher was chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 1995 to 2001, fulfilling her duties with diligence and distinction. Widely appreciated as a wise and energetic leader, she received a Saskatoon Citizen of the Year Award in 1989 and was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1995.


2001 Recipients Kenneth Mitchell, C.M., S.O.M. Kenneth Mitchell, professor of English at the University of Regina, is an internationally-known novelist, actor, playwright and poet whose works reflect his prairie origins. Born in Moose Jaw in 1940, he worked in journalism before studying literature and sociology at the University of Regina. He began teaching creative writing in 1970 and has continued to teach since then in Canada, Scotland and China. Mr. Mitchell is the author of numerous works in several genres, including his play on the life of Norman Bethune, Gone the Burning Sun, his novel Stones for the Dalai Lama and his country music opera Cruel Tears. Much of his writing has been translated into several languages and his plays have been produced abroad. He is known as a Canadian literary ambassador, promoting Canadian and Saskatchewan literature at home and abroad. An active community and cultural worker, Ken Mitchell was instrumental in founding the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Grain Magazine, the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, Saskatchewan Writers and Artists Colonies and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in Regina. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999.


2001 Recipients Dr. Geoffrey Pawson, C.M., S.O.M. In 1966 Geoffrey Pawson founded Ranch Ehrlo Society in Regina to provide residential treatment for children and youth with social and emotional problems and has been head of the society ever since. Born in Calgary in 1938, he was educated at the Universities of Alberta and British Columbia and received his doctorate of social work from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 1980. Ranch Ehrlo uses therapeutic means and a holistic approach to treatment, and its programs are considered to be state of the art. It has helped over 3,000 young people and their families to deal with poverty, violence, racism and abuse. Ranch Ehrlo now operates educational programs, group homes and independent living facilities in Regina and at its main campus near Pilot Butte. It has expanded at the request of First Nations leaders to include facilities at Buckland, near Prince Albert. Geoffrey Pawson also founded Ehrlo Community Services, a prevention program which includes Lakeshore Village, a low income housing project, Sports Venture for inner city youth, and counselling services. He is a founding director of the Child Welfare League of Canada. He has received distinguished service awards from the Canadian and Saskatchewan Associations of Social Workers and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000.


2001 Recipients Jacqui Shumiatcher, S.O.M., LL.D. Philanthropist and patron of the arts, Jacqueline Shumiatcher was born in France in 1923 and emigrated to Canada in 1927. She has run her own management business in Regina and has played a leading role in the community with her husband, lawyer Morris Shumiatcher. Jacqui Shumiatcher has donated generously to a large number of cultural facilities and organizations, among them the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina, Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Globe Theatre, the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, New Dance Horizons, Opera Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina Little Theatre, Regina Lyric Light Opera, Juventus Choir and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Mrs. Shumiatcher has also been active as a volunteer in many organizations, including the Canadian Club, Dominion Drama Festival, Regina Council of Women, France-Canada Association, Women’s Business and Professional Association, Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, Saskatchewan Veterinary College and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Jacqui Shumiatcher received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1996, was named B’Nai Brith Citizen of the Year in 1999, and in 2000 received a Canadian Woman Mentor Award and a Mayor’s Community Volunteer Award for the Arts.


2001 Recipients Dr. Ernest G. Walker, C.M., S.O.M. Ernest Walker is professor of anthropology and archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan. Born in Saskatoon in 1948, he was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Texas. Dr. Walker is renowned as a university teacher and researcher. As department chair he gathered enough resources to provide major opportunities for students, including a forensic laboratory. With his vast knowledge of First Nations archaeology and the history and culture of the Aboriginal peoples on the Canadian plains, Ernie Walker became the driving force behind the establishment of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The archaeological laboratory at the Park has been named in his honour and he has been made an inter-tribal honorary chief. As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Walker is a respected expert in complex trials. He is an instructor for the RCMP and at several educational institutions in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Ernie Walker has been made a Supernumerary Special Constable by the RCMP and has received a Commissioner’s Commendation. He has received the Distinguished Researcher Award and the Students’ Union Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Saskatchewan and the Teaching Excellence Award for the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


2002 Recipients Nahid Ahmad, S.O.M. A psychologist by training, Nahid Ahmad has made outstanding contributions in health care, medical research and in the field of immigrant women and visible minority women. Born in British India in 1941, and raised in Pakistan, Ms. Ahmad has been a resident of Saskatchewan since the early 1960s. As part of her work, she has tackled some of the most difficult medical and social problems which challenge diagnosis and treatment. Appointed to the Royal University Hospital Foundation Board in 1995, and serving as Chairperson from 1998 - 2001, Ms. Ahmad has been pivotal in raising substantial amounts of dollars to acquire equipment for the Royal University Hospital. Ms. Ahmad served as President of the Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Chapter) from 1987 - 1990 and was a Board Member of the National Organization, Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada. Ms. Ahmad has also served on the Immigration and Citizenship committee of the Multicultural Council of the Saskatoon Health District and was instrumental in sponsoring three refugee families from Kosovo through the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Chapter, helping them settle in Saskatoon.


2002 Recipients Joseph (Joe) Fafard, O.C., S.O.M. Joe Fafard is a distinguished artist and sculptor. His work in bronze is displayed across Canada and his “cows” have become one of his trademarks. Mr. Fafard is widely recognized as being at the forefront of his art, and his contributions have significantly raised the profile of the province on the national stage. In the early 1970s, much of his sculpture used clay as a medium. In 1985, he shifted to bronze as his chief sculptural medium, successfully establishing a foundry in Pense. His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours and farm animals. Born in 1942 in Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan, to French-Canadian parents, Mr. Fafard studied art at the University of Manitoba and in Pennsylvania before returning to live and work in Saskatchewan. Mr. Fafard’s work has been featured extensively throughout Canada, and as far as the United States, Great Britain, France and Japan. He has received many awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award in 1987, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Regina in 1989.


2002 Recipients Claude Petit, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. A member of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, and wounded during the Korean War, Claude Petit served as a paratrooper with the Canadian Armed Forces for 16 years, in Canada, Korea, Germany and Alaska. Mr. Petit has been a key player in designating, constructing and setting in place a bronze monument in Ottawa symbolizing the contributions of Aboriginal Veterans in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Peacekeeping. Mr. Petit also implemented the Aboriginal Veterans Millennium Medal which is awarded to Aboriginal Veterans from all parts of Canada and to descendants of those killed in action. Born in Duck Lake in 1935, Mr. Petit received the Order of Canada in 1998; Citizen of the Year, Saskatoon in 1994; was inducted in the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991, and has received countless awards for boxing and shot put. Mr. Petit was the only Canadian to win the British Army Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1964. Founder of the Western Canada Native Minor Hockey Championship, Saskatoon; President of the Saskatchewan Amateur Boxing Association for nine years and organizer; and founding member of the MĂŠtis celebration, Back to Batoche, which he organized for 23 years, Mr. Petit has made significant contributions to the betterment of Aboriginal People in the Province of Saskatchewan.


2002 Recipients Roger Phillips, O.C., S.O.M., F.Inst.P. Roger Phillips, born in Ottawa, in 1939, and educated as a physicist, joined IPSCO in 1982 as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Phillips oversaw drastic modernization of IPSCO’s Regina facilities during his tenure. Major projects included installing one of the first continuous slab casters in Canada, the introduction of steel plate manufacturing, the modernization and expansion of IPSCO’s large diameter pipemaking facilities, and the building of a stand alone coil processing plant. Drawing on the Regina experience IPSCO subsequently used its technology to build two large steelworks in the U.S., vaulting IPSCO into the role of premier steel plate supplier in North America. Under his leadership, IPSCO utilized up-to-date technology to minimize the effect on the environment, energy conservation initiatives were implemented and IPSCO had one of the best safety records in the industry worldwide. During Mr. Phillips’ tenure, IPSCO grew to be a substantial international company with production and processing facilities either operating or under construction at 24 separate plant sites in 20 communities, located in five provinces in Canada and seven of the United States, with a focus on producing, processing, and marketing wide, thick and higher-strength steel. His work in public policy is demonstrated by the leadership he provided to organizations such as the Council for Canadian Unity, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Council of Canada. Awarded the Order of Canada in 1999, and the Gary Memorial Medal (American Iron and Steel Institute), in 2002, Mr. Phillips has been an outstanding Saskatchewan business leader of his generation.


2002 Recipients William (Bill) Small, S.O.M. Born in 1927 in Craven, William (Bill) Small, has been an active leader in a wide variety of community and business activities mostly related to agriculture. Mr. Small was one of the founding Directors of the Canadian Western Agribition, serving as President in 1974 and 1975. He was also the Founding Chairman of the Western Canada Farm Progress Show, an honorary lifetime director of the Regina Exhibition Association, and in 1997 was named to the Roll of Honour of the Canadian Association of Exhibitions and Fairs. On behalf of the Canadian Western Agribition, Mr. Small was a delegate to the Royal Agriculture Society of the Commonwealth. Mr. Small was made an Honorary Director of the Saskatchewan Agriculture Graduates of the University of Saskatchewan and received a Distinguished Graduate in Agriculture Award for his outstanding contributions and leadership to major exhibitions and livestock organizations. Mr. Small was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000.


2002 Recipients Dr. Charles M. (Red) Williams,

C.M., S.O.M.

Born in 1925 in Regina, Dr. Charles M. (Red) Williams, joined the Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in 1954 teaching agriculture and veterinary medicine as well as animal science and extension. For almost 40 years he served the agricultural community, not only in Saskatchewan and across Canada but also internationally through his many development projects. Since his retirement in 1992, Dr. Williams has worked tirelessly to help establish the Saskatchewan Agrivision Corporation and the SAC Hibernia (Ethanol) Strategy Task Force and continues to be an advocate for the growth of agriculture and value-added agriculture industries. His writings have been widely published and his views and concerns have been eloquently communicated to every sector of society. A founding member of the Sherbrooke Foundation, Dr. Williams was instrumental in fundraising $4 Million toward the replacement of the facility. His efforts have improved the quality of life for hundreds of people who have come to live at Sherbrooke as a result of frailty or disability. Dr. Williams has been a leader, mentor and a policy advisor to the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and to the Federal Liberal Party. Dr. Williams became a Member of the Order of Canada, 1989; a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (1972); Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Extension Society (1970. He received the Confederation Medal (1992) and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1979).


2003 Recipients Dr. Lorne Babiuk, O.C., S.O.M. Dr. Lorne Babiuk, Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) in Saskatoon, is an international authority in veterinary virology and immunology. In recent years Dr. Babiuk has focused his efforts on the design of vaccines and vaccination strategies. He is a key member of an international team developing a vaccine against SARS and developing immune parameters that are critical for protection of animals with a bovine herpes virus. Dr. Babiuk’s 30-year commitment to animal health has had significant impacts on the livestock producer community and the developers of and manufacturers of animal health products. With 20 awarded patents and 14 patents pending Dr. Babiuk’s work has had a definite impact on both the Canadian and international health community. Dr. Babiuk has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board or Board of Directors for companies involved in commercializing biological research and as a consultant to Genetech, Molecular Genetics INC, and others. Throughout his career Dr. Babiuk has been recognized by the Xerox Canada Forum Award, and has received more than 30 national and international awards including the Pfizer Award, Canadian Society of Microbiology Award, the National Merit Award, and the Canadian Animal Health Award.


2003 Recipients Margaret Cugnet, S.O.M. Social worker, guidance counsellor, and teacher, Margaret Cugnet has shared her love of the arts and served her community and the Yorkton Arts Council for more than 32 years. Mrs. Cugnet made her greatest impact with the Performing Arts Committee, serving as Committee Chair for the past 21 years. Under her artistic guidance, Yorkton has developed one of the most successful performing arts programs in Saskatchewan with more than 300 concerts performed in the last 30 years. The Stars for Saskatchewan Series is her legacy: it has a solid base of subscribers, which at times has reached a record of 700 subscriptions in a year. She is also credited with starting Koncerts for Kids, bringing Globe Theatre Regina’s main-stage productions to Yorkton for several years and contracting artists such as Frank Mills, Mr. Dressup and the Canadian Brass. Mrs. Cugnet shares her talents and is a strong advocate of the arts at local and provincial levels. She has served in a variety of community activities mostly related to the arts. Holding a life membership with the Organization of Arts Councils, Mrs. Cugnet served as President and Board Member. She also holds a life membership in the Canadian Federation of University Women, Yorkton Club, serving at the local, provincial and national level. She was Board Member for the Globe Theatre, Yorkton Women in Need, Yorkton Leisure Services Commission, Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, Saskatchewan Arts Board and has made significant contributions to educational, church, social and sport organizations. Mrs. Cugnet was named Yorkton Citizen of the Year in 1989, received the SaskCulture Volunteer Award in 1998, and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Award of Merit in 1991.


2003 Recipients Bernard M. Michel, S.O.M. Retired Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Cameco Corporation, Bernard Michel steered Cameco through a merger, restructuring, expansion and diversification into gold. Mr. Michel created a new culture, privatizing Cameco, increasing production, decreasing costs and growing acquisitions through the discovery of new reserves. By 1998, Cameco was producing one third of the world’s uranium and staying profitable in a very depressed market. Having a particular interest in social and community affairs, Mr. Michel played a key role in the design and successful implementation of programs to facilitate the entry of Saskatchewan’s First Nations peoples into the industrial workforce. Employing 3,500 employees worldwide of which 1,000 are in Saskatchewan, he recognized that if Cameco was to mine the resources of northern Saskatchewan, it had to provide jobs, business and educational opportunities for the people who live there. He applied Cameco’s success to the Kumtor project in Kyrgystan, which is one of the largest gold mines in the world and is a strong contributor to Cameco’s financial success. Cameco’s dominance in uranium production has also led to the company’s participation in a program to dismantle Russian nuclear weapons. Mr. Michel has served on numerous boards, as Chair of Bruce Power, North American Kyrgyz Business Council and Director for Canadian Light Source Inc., Ipsco Inc., IMC Global, Luscar Ltd., Canadian Nuclear Association as well as having served as Honorary Consul of France in Saskatchewan. Mr. Michel is the recipient of the Ian McRae Award in 1998 recognizing his leadership in the development of nuclear energy in Canada. In 1998, he also received the French Order of the Legion d’Honneur, in the rank of Chevalier. In 2002 he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal and in 2003 was awarded a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.


2003 Recipients The Honourable Roy J. Romanow,

P.C., O.C., S.O.M., Q.C., LL.B., D.U.

A Saskatchewan lawyer, Roy Romanow was born and educated in Saskatoon. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1967. As Attorney General and Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan he introduced justice reforms, including the provincial legal aid plan and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. As Intergovernmental Affairs Minister he was heavily involved in the Constitutional Accord of 1981 and co-authored a book on the negotiations entitled Canada Notwithstanding. Mr. Romanow became Premier of Saskatchewan in 1991, and remained in this position until he retired from politics in February 2001. As Premier he dealt with an acute financial crisis in 1992, restoring Saskatchewan’s financial position and making the province the first in Canada to balance its budget in the 1990s. Mr. Romanow played an active role in the constitutional discussions leading to the Charlottetown Accord of 1993. During his time as Premier Mr. Romanow introduced a number of fiscal, economic and social reforms including an expansion of the Action Plan for Children, introducing the Building Independence strategy to help families get off social assistance, and providing enhancements to the provincial health care system. In April 2001, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. Romanow to head the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Through his conversations with citizens throughout the country, he focused the attention of Canadians and their governments on the values of health care, health care insurance and the steps needed to preserve and strengthen them. At the time of his appointment to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, he was a senior policy fellow at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a visiting fellow at Queen’s University. Recently, Mr. Romanow received the 2003 PanAmerican Health Organization Award for excellence and leadership in the area of health administration and management. The award particularly recognized Mr. Romanow’s work in the creation of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and in leading the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.


2003 Recipients Jack Sures, C.M, S.O.M. Retired from the University of Regina, Jack Sures is a productive ceramic artist who continues to take a leading role in community activities, leaving a distinct mark on the face of public art in Saskatchewan. Mr. Sures has been an educator and lecturer and has given workshops around the world. Aside from his numerous solo exhibitions, he has been commissioned to install a mosaic terrazzo floor at the Wascana Hospital in Regina, a ceramic frieze for the Regina Cathedral Area Neighbourhood Centre, an outdoor mural at the SturdyStone Building in Saskatoon, a mural for the Veterinary College at the University of Saskatchewan, and a mural for the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Mr. Sures also created 18 pieces of art for the Department of Canadian Heritage for presentation to visiting dignitaries at Expo 1967. He took a sabbatical leave in 1972, working at the Cité Internationale d’Art in Paris. He has been a jury member for the Saskatchewan Craft Council and the Alberta Showcase Ceramics Exhibition, as well as a Handcraft Development Officer for the United Nations International Labour Office in the West Indies in 1973 - 74. In 1989, he received the Grand Prix at Mino 89, an international Ceramic Competition held in Mino, Japan. The prize included 3,000,000 yen and a study trip to Japan. Mr. Sures was invested in the Order of Canada in 1991, and has recently been nominated for a Governor General’s Award in Crafts. He received the University of Regina Excellence in Teaching Award and Research Award in 1991 and 1992 respectively, was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva Switzerland in 1992, and was Saskatchewan’s representative at the founding meeting of the North American Alliance of the World Craft Council at the Margaret Vanderbilt Webb’s New York Estate.


2003 Recipients Guy Vanderhaeghe, O.C., S.O.M. Guy Vanderhaeghe is recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s most gifted and acclaimed writers. He was born and grew up in Esterhazy, attended the University of Saskatchewan and has made Saskatoon his home. At 32, Mr. Vanderhaeghe won the 1982 Governor General’s award for fiction for his first book, Man Descending, a collection of short stories. His first play, I Had a Job I Liked, Once, was awarded the 1993 Canadian Authors Association prize for the best drama published. His novel, The Englishman’s Boy, published in 1996, won Mr. Vanderhaeghe his second Governor General’s Award. This novel was also short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the largest and most international prize of its kind, which involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language. Mr. Vanderhaeghe has received numerous nominations and awards for his many other works, which include three collections of short stories, four novels, and two plays. His consistently outstanding work has attracted provincial, national and international recognition. His books have been translated into other languages and are read around the world. Mr. Vanderhaeghe is able to capture Saskatchewan – its landscapes, myths and people – in a remarkable way.


2004 Recipients Byrna Barclay, S.O.M. Novelist, playwright, and volunteer, Byrna Barclay has worked hard to encourage new writers to develop their skills and to making life better for the less fortunate. Born in Saskatoon, she has served as president of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and board and committee member of the Saskatchewan Book Awards. She was founding member of the SaskArt School Board in 1996 and still serves on the Saskatchewan Playwright Centre Board. Another significant feature of her contribution to Saskatchewan culture has been her extensive knowledge of the Plains Cree, their culture, language and religion. Ms. Barclay is the author of three novels and four short story collections, one of which, Crosswinds, won Best Fiction at the Saskatchewan Book Awards in 1995, and a hybrid “searching for the nude in the landscape in 1996.” Her poetic drama in two acts Room with Five Walls: the Trial of Victor Hoffman resulted from her involvement in mental health reform. Her 2005 collection of short stories, Girl at the Window, has just been published by Coteau Books. She served as a founding member of the Poets Combine, has edited the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s newsletter, Freelance, was fiction editor of its literary magazine, Grain, and the first editor- in-chief of Spring magazine for emerging writers. In 1983 she founded Transition, a magazine for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatchewan Branch, which has become a literary journal. She was the first chair of the Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Mental Health.


2004 Recipients Lorne Carrier, S.O.M. Community Development Manager with the Saskatchewan Museums Association, Lorne Carrier has dedicated himself to heritage, cultural retention and awareness of First Nations cultures and traditions in the areas of repatriation and policy development. Mr. Carrier is from the Piapot First Nation and is of Plains Cree and Nakota ancestry. He attended the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in the Indian Studies Program and received a certificate in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. Mr. Carrier has played a significant role in the development of a protocol for the handling and reinterment of ancient burials, establishing a First Nations Elders Advisory Committee. He established and served as curator of Treaty Four Keeping House and Archives in Fort Qu’Appelle, developed its policies, chaired a collections committee, and negotiated repatriation of sacred objects from the Diocese of Qu’Appelle and Lebret Parish. He is currently working with the Allen Sapp Gallery to develop an exhibit and curate artefacts for an exhibit Through The Eyes of the Cree that will open at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 2005, and is developing a Certificate in Aboriginal Museum Studies to complement existing museum courses offered by the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. Mr. Carrier has demonstrated a remarkable ability to work with non-Aboriginal people, helping both sides find common ground.


2004 Recipients Dr. Dennis Kendel, S.O.M. Dr. Dennis Kendel, born in Russell, Manitoba, earned his M.D. with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971 and was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1993. He has served as President of the Medical Council of Canada, President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, Board Chair of Saskatchewan Blue Cross, and member of the Board of Directors of the Health Services Utilization Commission and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Quality Council. Recognized nationally in the area of professional assessment and regulation, he has raised the standard of medical care in Canada. He was instrumental in developing national policy that all physicians be required to complete a minimum of two years accredited postgraduate medical education and a Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination, evaluating clinical and communication skills, before being eligible for medical licensure in Canada. He has worked to improve patient safety by reducing systemic medical errors. His collaborative philosophy has led to the successful implementation and maintenance of the Triplicate Prescription Program designed to eliminate the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. He continues to lead interdisciplinary enhancements to electronically collect data on a broader range of drugs. Dr. Kendel’s contributions to the community extend beyond the medical field. He played a leading role in the review of the independent committee reviewing the Personal Injury Protection Plan, is a lay leader in Faith Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, and has served as campaign chair for Salvation Army fundraising for several years.


2004 Recipients Dr. John McLeod, S.O.M. Dr. John McLeod has devoted a lifetime’s work to the field of education through research and teaching. Born in Blackburn, England, he taught in several types of schools before becoming educational psychologist at Merseyside. He became Deputy to Sir Fred Schonell at the Remedial Education Centre of the University of Queensland, Australia, before coming to Canada in 1968. Here, he was the first Director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Institute of Child Guidance and Development, inaugurating a programme that became the prototype for the national SEECC Report (Standards for Educators of Exceptional Children in Canada). Dr. McLeod developed a number of achievement tests and computer applications in basic subjects, including the GAP tests, the first commercially-published reading tests based on Information Theory. In conjunction with John Gerrard’s Department of Pediatrics, he established a clinic in the Institute, which offered diagnosis and remedial treatment for children with learning disabilities. The Institute also established an integrated Preschool Centre for 3, 4 and 5 year olds in conjunction with an Early Childhood Education program – in advance of any publicly supported kindergartens. In 1985, Dr. McLeod received the highest education research grant ever awarded by the Social Services and Humanities Council of Canada. He has been Scholar-inResidence at Harvard University and Priorsfield Fellow at Birmingham University in the United Kingdom, and was Senior Fulbright Scholar (to the U.S. from Australia) in 1965. He was co-recipient of the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Sam Rabinovich Award in 1984; received the Canadian Education Association 1986 Whitworth Award for Educational Research, the Maria Tobias Award for Services to Special Education, Australia, 1983 and an honorary life membership in the Saskatchewan Learning Disabilities Association. In 2003, the Saskatchewan chapter of CEC presented him with its lifetime achievement award.


2004 Recipients Suzanne Claire Olaski, S.O.M. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Suzanne Claire Olaski began a soup kitchen in Saskatoon in 1995, feeding more than 200 people every day, seven days a week. She is founder of Community Alive Inc., a non-profit organization, which compiled a database of 1200 families needing food distribution through numerous outreach ministries and organizations. As well, many First Nations reserves have received tons of potatoes through this program. In 1997, she purchased a 60 room hotel with 75 acres on Blackstrap Lake, providing shelter and counsel in areas such as finances, parenting, relationships, job skills, life skills, family and extended family, addictions, drug and alcohol, co-dependency, justice and social services. Judges have stayed prison time to individuals willing to work here to address their areas of difficulty. She has also been recognized by Health Canada, acknowledging that this faith-based treatment facility not only deals with co-dependency issues but also provides family treatment. Working in the street missions in North America and the ghettos of Oakland, California, she garnered wisdom to deal with criminals and street people – wisdom she employs today in the City of Saskatoon.


2004 Recipients Dr. Rajendra Sharma, S.O.M. Dr. Rajendra (Raj) K. Sharma was born in Hathras, India, and came to Canada in 1976. He made several milestone discoveries at the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary, in the area of signal transduction, particularly calmodulin regulated systems in brain and cardiac muscles. Dr. Sharma joined the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. He is a Research Scientist in the Cancer Research Centre of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. He also holds Associate Memberships in the Departments of Pharmacology and Surgery. Dr. Sharma has had a long-standing interest in biochemical regulatory mechanisms in areas involving the cardiovascular system and certain brain tumours. He has made outstanding contributions in the area of colorectal cancer, demonstrating for the first time the role of N‑myristoyltransferase (NMT). He has discovered and purified more than a dozen new proteins, mostly related to the area of signal transduction. Dr. Sharma excels in the area of scientific innovation and original procedures. He is a dedicated and outstanding scientist with an international reputation for conducting innovative and “cutting edge” research. Dr. Sharma has an impressive list of publications, including 162 papers in journals and books. Dr. Sharma’s scientific endeavours are held in high esteem by the international scientific community. He has active collaboration with several departments at the University of Saskatchewan, Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council of Canada and with several other universities and institutions in Canada, the United States, France, India and Hong Kong. He has trained several postdoctoral fellows and students who now are established worldwide; and has arranged symposiums internationally. In recognition of his contribution to research and scholarly activities, he was awarded a Doctor of Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2004.


2004 Recipients Gordon W. Staseson, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

Born in Regina, Gordon Staseson, known as “Mr. Get-It-Done,” has been the driving force behind many success stories. Managing his own hockey league at the age of 11, he went on to play for the Regina Junior Abbotts, Boston Olympics and the Regina Caps. He coached minor league hockey in Regina for ten years. He served as President of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Chair of the Canadian Football League Board of Governors. He is past president and honorary life member of the Regina Construction Association and founding member of the Regina Housebuilders Association, serving as President in 1969. President of the Regina Exhibition in 1974, Mr. Staseson also chaired the building of the Agridome, Canada Centre and Queensbury Centre. He was president of Regina Buffalo Days in 1967 and founded Pile of Bones Sunday, held each year in Wascana Centre. Chair of the Regina Horse Show during its greatest years, Mr. Staseson was also Chair of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1984 and Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver. He was founding chair of the Regina Economic Development Authority, when transfers of the Regina Airport, Farm Credit Canada and Crown Life were accomplished. He later became chair, president and chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Gaming Authority; and chair of the Regina Airport Transitional Committee. He was also member of the City of Regina Planning Commission for 17 years. He is a life member of the Queen City Kinsmen, serving as President in 1958, Governor of District 3 in 1964 and National Coordinator in 1965. He has used his broad knowledge of the history of Regina as co-writer of the book Regina: The First 100 Years. An active promoter of Regina, Mr. Staseson has received many honours. He was recognized by the B’Nai B’rith Regina Lodge as the sports personality for 1984, received the Larry Schneider Communications Leadership Award in 1985, and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Regina in 1989. He received the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s Al Foster “Unsung Heroes Award” in 1991 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honour in 1993. In October 2004, Mr. Staseson was inducted into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.


2005 Recipients Freda Ahenakew, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D. An acclaimed research scholar and pioneer in Cree literacy and language teaching, Freda Ahenakew has laid the foundation for preserving the oral traditions of her people. She has transcribed and translated their myths, legends and other stories and published them in bilingual Cree and English editions. She was born on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation and later moved to Muskeg Lake First Nation. She completed an M.A. in Cree Linguistics in Winnipeg and taught at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary. She has served as Director of the Language Department of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. Ms. Ahenakew has authored a number of books in the Cree language. Cree Language Structures: A Cree Approach (1987) has been reprinted 17 times. Others are kohkominawak otácimowinawáwa (Our Grandmothers’ Lives, as Told in Their Own Words), kwayask é-ki-pékiskinowápahtihicik (Their Example Showed Me the Way: A Cree Woman’s Life Shaped by Two Cultures) and wisáhkécáhk (Flies to the Moon). She has also translated children’s books and produced a number of textbooks and technical dictionaries. Her contributions have helped ensure the survival of the Cree language and culture and she continues to be recognized as one of the country’s leaders in the revitalization of Aboriginal languages. Ms. Ahenakew received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2001 and was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.


2005 Recipients Donald Black, C.M., S.O.M. A distinguished leader in the Canadian financial services sector, Donald Black has been instrumental in restructuring many large companies and redirecting them to financial profitability. Under his leadership as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Greystone Managed Investments Inc., assets have grown from $4 billion to $25 billion and the client base from 20 to over 200, changing this firm from provincial to national in scope. Under his leadership as president and Chief Executive Officer of SGI, the management team eliminated the automobile fund deficit and produced a $59.7 million surplus, permitting a $20 million “Good Driver Bonus” payment to provincial motorists. As Chair of Farm Credit Canada he was responsible for leading the board through a senior management transition that has resulted in the organization experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and profitability. He has given generously of his time and expertise in support of a myriad of charitable, health care and educational organizations. A long-time supporter of the United Way of Regina, he helped create and sustain its Leadership Giving Program and serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the Tomorrow Fund. One of the founders and second Chair of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation Inc., he helped to create the first cooperative health care fundraising organization. The Lieutenant Governor’s Centennial Gala, the Government House Foundation, the RCMP National Heritage Centre, the First Nations University of Canada and the CNIB have all benefited from his dedication and leadership. Mr. Black was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005.


2005 Recipients Maria Campbell, O.C., S.O.M., LL.D. Maria Campbell is one of the leading Aboriginal writers, playwrights, theatre producers and filmmakers in Canada. University professor, mentor and elder, she started her career in 1973 when she published her autobiography, Halfbreed. The book has become a literary classic and continues to be one of the most widely taught texts in Canadian literature. She has also written four children’s books and Stories of the Road Allowance People, which translates oral stories into print. Her first professionally-produced stage play, Flight, was the first all-Aboriginal theatre production in Canada. It brought modern dance, storytelling and drama together with traditional Aboriginal art practices. She went on to write, direct and produce six other plays. She founded and operated her own film and video production company where she wrote and directed seven documentaries and produced the first weekly Aboriginal television series entitled My Partners, My People. Ms. Campbell is the recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Chalmers Award for Best New Play, Jessica, and a national Dora Mavor Moore Award for Playwriting. She is the recipient of the Gabriel Dumont Medal of Merit, the Order of the Sash and the Saskatchewan Achievement Award. She has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Theatre Hall of Fame and holds three honorary doctorates from Athabasca University, the University of Regina and York University. She has served as writer in residence at libraries and universities throughout the prairies for two decades. Honorary Chief, Black Lake First Nation, she speaks four languages and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. She has received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2005 Recipients Irène Fournier Chabot,

C.M., S.O.M.

Irène Fournier Chabot was the first woman president of the Association culturelle franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan (ACFC), serving three consecutive terms between 1977 and 1983. She also sat on the Board and Executive of the Fédération des francophones hors-Québec, a lobby group for Francophones outside of Québec. She served on the Directorate of CFRG , Southern Saskatchewan’s French radio station from 1958 to 1970. She was national board vice-president of la Fédération des Femmes canadiennesfrançaises for the four western provinces and on the national board of the Canadian Advisory Council of the Status of Women as a Saskatchewan representative. She was president of the Corporation of Collège Mathieu of Gravelbourg for over a decade. She is now director of la Fondation du Collège Mathieu and coordinator of l’Amicale, the College Alumni. Founding member and member of the Board of Directors for Télé-Canada, she was also the western delegate and member of the Court Challenges Program. She served for six years as President of the Official Language Minority Advisory Committee for Saskatchewan Education and was a member of the Board of Directors for the newspaper l’Eau vive. She was regional commissioner for Les Guides Catholiques du Canada. She was invested in the Order of Francophones of America in 1982, was made a Chevalier de La Pléiade de l’Ordre de la francophonie et du dialogue des cultures by the International Parliamentary Association in 1985, and received the first national award of the FNFCF in recognition for her contribution as a volunteer of this national francophone women’s organization. Madame Chabot is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was invested as a Member in the Order of Canada in 2003. She was made an honorary life member of the Canadian Association of French-language education (ACELF) in 1996 and received the Honorary Mercure Award from the Association des Juristes francophones in 2004.


2005 Recipients Dr. James Dosman, S.O.M. Dr. James Dosman was the first Ferguson Professor of Respiratory Diseases at the University of Saskatchewan and was founder of the Institute of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health (formerly the Centre for Agricultural Medicine), attracting at least $10 million in research funding. He convened the first ever “International Symposium on Grain Dust and Health” and established and chaired the Canadian Grain Dust Medical Surveillance Program. He served as Chair of the International Symposium on Health and Safety in Agriculture and led in the formation of the Canadian Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health. He negotiated with the Government of Canada to form the Canadian Agriculture Safety Program. He was co-founder of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society. Known as the “Father of Agricultural Medicine” in Canada, he has published seven edited books and more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has played a key role in creating the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture. He invited the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities to join in a prevention program that has grown to include some 26,000 Saskatchewan farm families through 158 participating rural municipalities, an initiative that is unique not only in Canada, but world-wide. Dr. Dosman has been appointed to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He received the Award for Meritorious Service to the people of Saskatchewan from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. In 2003 he was presented with the University of Saskatchewan Award for Excellence in Extension and Public Service.


2005 Recipients Dr. Bryan Harvey, O.C., S.O.M. A plant breeder in the Crop Development Centre, University professor Bryan Harvey has gained international stature as the breeder or co-breeder of over 50 varieties, the most notable of which is Harrington barley, a variety that was a major breakthrough in malting quality and continues to be the international quality standard for two-row malting barley. It is a variety that has contributed over a billion dollars to the agricultural economy in western Canada. Dr. Harvey has made distinguished contributions through his leadership at several administrative levels, including Vice-President of Research at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and is chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture. He has served as an advisor and leader of many national and international bodies, including Chair for the first meeting of the Interim Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, all related to plant breeding, pedigreed seed production, plant genetic resources and intellectual property protection. He is also currently District Governor of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. Dr. Harvey is an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan and Canadian Seed Growers Association. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. He has been recognized for outstanding contributions to industry by the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Master Brewers Association. In 2004, SeCan recognized his work with a special recognition award on the 20th anniversary of the registration of Harrington barley. He was awarded the Clarke-New-Clayton Award in July 2005 and the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. Sapporo Breweries, Japan held a special conference in Okayama to honour this work in the fall of 2005.


2005 Recipients Lusia Pavlychenko, S.O.M. Dancer, teacher, choreographer, educator, visionary and mentor, Lusia Pavlychenko founded the Saskatoon School of Ballet and Dance in 1954. She was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association, Saskatchewan Branch, and pioneered the Moose Jaw Dance Festival. She established the first Tap Examinations in the province and persuaded the Saskatoon Board of Education to give dance study the same status as music studies by permitting students of the Royal Academy of Dance to take their dance examinations during school hours without penalty. In 1959, Ms. Pavlychenko and her sister Nadia co-founded the Ukrainian dance group Yevshan. Together they transformed Ukrainian dance from simple folk dance to staged performances where a story was developed into a ballet-type scenario. Ms. Pavlychenko remained sole artist director and in 1967 was presented to the Queen when Yevshan Dance Company performed for Canada’s Centennial. Later that same year, the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble became a reality. Among her achievements, Ms. Pavlychenko is credited with establishing Saskatchewan’s first professional dance company, Saskatchewan Theatre Dance, in 1972 and was the Artistic Director for the Canadian Heritage Festival, the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, and Expos in Montreal, Spokane and Vancouver. She was director for joint performances with the Saskatoon Symphony and choreographer for various dance and drama companies, including performances for the Olympics in Montreal. She was also head of the Dance Division at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts. Her tours of Ukraine earned her a place in the Kyiv Choreographic Hall of Fame in 1992. She also received the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’ Saskatchewan Council Nation Builder Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Saskatoon Council of Women in 2003. She holds honorary life memberships in Royal Academy of Dance, Canadian Dance Teachers Association and Dance Saskatchewan.


2005 Recipients Joseph Pettick,

S.O.M., F.R.A.I.C., LL.D.

Architect Joseph Pettick attended the University of Oklahoma and studied structural and mechanical engineering under Mendel Glickman, a collaborator with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Pettick served in the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in the North Atlantic. Following apprenticeship with the well-known Regina architectural firm Portnall and Stock, Mr. Pettick designed some of Saskatchewan’s most distinctive buildings, including the SaskPower head office building, Regina City Hall, the SGI head office building, the Bank of Montreal building, the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, and the Treaty Four Governance Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle. A Fellow of the College of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Mr. Pettick has donated ideas to attract tourism and improve the economy of Northern Saskatchewan, lobbying governments and working with First Nations Groups, designing projects without remuneration to plan long-term sustainable economic development. As a Board Member of the Regina Humane Society, he provided financial assistance and architectural service on a gratis basis for a new Regina Humane Society shelter, now named “The Joseph Pettick Animal Shelter.” A senior partner with P3 Architecture (formerly Pettick Phillips Partners Architects), Mr. Pettick has been president of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects, represented the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada at the International Union of Architects, and chaired the Saskatchewan Design Council, the Civic Committee of the Regina Chamber of Commerce and the Regina Housing Authority. He has been awarded life memberships in the Regina Construction Association, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Saskatchewan Association of Architects. He is the recipient of the Governor General’s Massey Medal, Architecture, for his design of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, the BOMA award for design of the Bank of Montreal Award for design of the provincial main branch, the George Bothwell Heritage Award for Public Service and a recent National Award for the Saskatchewan Power Building. Joseph Pettick received a doctor of laws (honoris causa) from the University of Regina in 2005.


2005 Recipients Garnet (Sam) Richardson, S.O.M. Four-time Canadian and world curling champion, renowned banquet speaker and real estate agent, Garnet (Sam) Richardson has travelled from coast to coast as an icon of curling and ambassador of Saskatchewan. In 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1963, the Richardsons won four Briers and four world championships. As second on the Richardson rink, Sam was part of the team that won glory for itself, its city and its province, bringing curling to its prominent place in Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s sporting culture. He was the coach and fifth for Saskatchewan champions Bob Ellert (1981) and Gary Bryden (1984). His biography, Say It Again, Sam! is a story not only of this run of curling championships but also about the Richardsons’ upbringing, livelihood and setbacks. Host driver turned coach, he inspired Jack MacDuff’s Newfoundland team to earn its only Brier. He has competed, promoted and taught the game of curling and has assisted clubs and organizations in towns and cities in local fundraising efforts or charitable causes. Mr. Richardson has helped other curlers achieve their dreams and has served as a gifted orator promoting the virtues of sport and concept of teamwork and selling the benefits of living in Saskatchewan. Mr. Richardson is a member of three Sports Halls of Fame, including the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and has been named honorary chair for the Tim Horton’s Brier that will be held in Regina in March 2006.


2005 Recipients John Francis (Frank) Roy,

S.O.M., LL.D.

Retired educator Frank Roy has had a profound influence on the development of nearly 4,500 young people, using his experience in languages, the arts, sciences, wilderness skills, history, geography, flora and fauna to guide the development of new curricula, especially in English and Outdoor Education. He taught at the Department of National Defence in Lahr, Germany, and at a Teachers’ College in Gambia, West Africa, becoming an unofficial ambassador of Saskatchewan. He has contributed to Saskatchewan’s natural history through the publication of the internationally acclaimed Birds of the Elbow, and dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines and books, including A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon and Birds of Saskatoon, published in 2002. Mr. Roy was Chair of the Saskatchewan English Teachers’ Association Investigation Committee and Saskatoon district representative of the Saskatchewan English Teachers Association and member of the Planning Committee, National Convention, Canadian Council of Teachers in English, in Saskatoon in 1974. He was founding member of the Saskatoon Nature Society and has been the President of that society and the Saskatoon Natural History Society. He was a member of the Grasslands National Park Committee and was actively involved in the creation of the Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Wilderness Park. Mr. Roy was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He was the first recipient of the Joseph Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in teaching English and of the St. Thomas More Distinguished Alumnus Award. His work has also been recognized in the Meewasin Valley Conservation Award and the Saskatchewan Natural History Society’s Conservation Award.


2005 Recipients Dr. Aruna (Annu) Lakdawala Thakur, S.O.M. Born in India, Dr. Aruna (Annu) Thakur, a clinical professor and consultant psychiatrist, has served mentally ill people of Saskatchewan for over 30 years. She was President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2003/2004. Her presidential theme was “Culture and Mental Health: Not a Minor Matter,� a theme she promoted nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Foundation, which provides finances for education projects independent of the pharmaceutical industry. She was on the board and chairperson for Larson House Detox Centre for 20 years and provided administrative stability to this institution which has established programs for patients suffering from chemical addictions. Using her fundraising skills, she invited community leaders to establish a $300,000 fund to acquire, renovate and operate this facility. Founder and Professional Director of the Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Foundation of Saskatchewan Inc. and co-founder of the Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Foundation of Canada, she was successful in establishing awareness of the epidemic nature of eating disorder problems provincially as well as nationally. She established a trust fund, donating $30,000 to the University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Psychiatry to educate professionals in the field of eating disorders. In 1984, YWCA Saskatoon awarded her the Women of Distinction Award. She has served as President for the Federation of Medical Women of Saskatchewan and Canada. She is a life member of the Hindu Society of Saskatchewan. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and participated in its youth exchange programs.


2005 Recipients The Most Reverend James Weisgerber, S.O.M., D.D. James Weisgerber was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Regina in 1963. He was Dean of Arts at Athol Murray College in Wilcox, where he taught philosophy, religious studies and French. He served as Director of the Pastoral and Social Justice Offices for the Archdiocese of Regina and was Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral and pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Regina and of the parish of Fort Qu’Appelle, which included ministry with neighbouring Aboriginal communities. He was first President of the Regina Early Learning Centre and established the Office of Social Justice in the Archdiocese of Regina in 1973. He was President of the Regina Ministerial Association and a member of Family Life Saskatchewan. From 1990 to 1996 he was General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Ottawa. Archbishop Weisgerber is presently Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, a member of the Roman Catholic/Methodist International Dialogue and Co-Chair of the Sexual Abuse Review Committee of the CCCB. He is Past Co-Chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue and a past board member of the United Church Prairie Christian Training Centre. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the fifth Bishop of Saskatoon in 1996 and named the sixth Archbishop of Winnipeg in June 2000.


2006 Recipients The Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, S.O.M.

Ex-Officio Member Lieutenant Governor Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart is an acclaimed historian and recognized expert on the Canadian parliamentary process. Born and raised in Saltcoats, he obtained a Ph.D. in history at the University of Saskatchewan, where he taught political studies and served as University Secretary. He has published several books on prairie history and Saskatchewan political figures including Peace, Progress and Prosperity: A Biography of Saskatchewan’s First Premier, T. Walter Scott (2000). Dr. Barnhart’s extensive experience in government includes 20 years as Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislature, becoming the youngest Clerk in the Commonwealth in 1969 at age 24, and five years as Clerk of the Canadian Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments from 1989 to 1994. From 2000 to 2005 Dr. Barnhart taught various history courses at the University of Saskatchewan and held the positions of secretary and special adviser to the president on government relations. He was the associate director of University of Saskatchewan International, directing the Yeltsin Democracy Fellowship Program and coordinating other exchange and development programs at the university. His interest in international democracy at the academic level led him to work with such government-supported agencies as the Canadian International Development Agency and the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Barnhart was sworn in as Saskatchewan’s 20th Lieutenant Governor on August 1, 2006. He is the Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and Vice-Prior of the Order of St. John in Saskatchewan.


2006 Recipients His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex,

K.G., K.C.V.O., S.O.M., A.D.C.

Honorary Member

The Earl of Wessex is the third son and youngest child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was known as Prince Edward until his marriage to Miss Sophie Rys-Jones in 1999 when he was named The Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. Educated at Gordonstoun and Jesus College, Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex joined the Royal Marines in 1983 as a University Cadet but resigned his commission in 1987 and moved into theatre production. In 1993, The Earl of Wessex formed Ardent Productions Limited, an independent television production company. In 1986, The Earl of Wessex achieved Gold in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and since has been closely involved with the work of the Award, currently serving as Chairman of its International Council. In 2002, The Earl of Wessex left Ardent Productions to concentrate on supporting The Queen during the Golden Jubilee and beyond. His Royal Highness now devotes his time carrying out official and working engagements in the UK and abroad, and actively supporting organizations and individuals who deserve to be recognized for their effort, initiative and entrepreneurship. The Earl of Wessex was invested by The Queen as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2003 and as a Knight of the Garter in 2006. His Royal Highness’s connection with Saskatchewan began in 1978 when he accompanied The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to the province. In 1992, he became Royal Patron of Regina’s Globe Theatre, the first such patronage in Canada. He returned to Saskatchewan in 1994 and again in 2003. During his 2003 trip, he visited the Globe Theatre, celebrated several municipal centennials, opened the First Nations University of Canada, and became Colonel-in-Chief of the Saskatchewan Dragoons, an army reserve unit in Moose Jaw. The Earl of Wessex is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2006 Recipients Calvin D. Abrahamson, O.C., S.O.M., C.D.A.

Retired director, producer, writer, adjudicator, arts administrator, lecturer and teacher, Calvin Abrahamson’s devotion to the arts is manifested in countless ways. He has served as president of Theatre Regina and Theatre Canada and as an adjudicator at various Canadian and international drama festivals. He has worked throughout Saskatchewan to develop cultural facilities, among them the Regina Performing Arts Centre. Under his leadership Theatre Saskatchewan expanded from 20 to 80 member clubs and the Saskatchewan Arts Board flourished and, in particular, the Summer School of the Arts in Fort San attracted instructors from around the world. A long-time proponent of Native arts, he devoted himself to training First Nations actors and technicians. He formed the Circle of the Drum Players at the Carry The Kettle Reserve and has written and directed plays on issues relating to First Nations peoples that provide hands-on experience for those he has trained. In addition, he has shared his expertise on Inuit art and culture and the history of theatre in western Canada as a lecturer at the University of Regina. Dedicated to community and a strong supporter of rural revitalization, he is Montmartre’s Mayor and has served on numerous volunteer initiatives including Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis 150 Bike Tour, the 1998 award winning ‘Communities in Bloom’ and the 100th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Church. As Vice Chairman of Government House Historical Society, he chaired the Grounds Development Committee restoring the Victorian Gardens. Mr. Abrahamson was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2002 a promotion from Member received in 1989. He received the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, and the Governor General’s Medal for Canadian Drama in 1955.


2006 Recipients Anna G. Ingham, C.M., S.O.M. Retired teacher and educational consultant, Anna Gertrude Ingham of Yorkton has given thousands of Canadian children the lifelong tools of reading and writing through her Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning, which incorporates a great variety of strategies permeated by a multisensory approach as well as a rich blend of phonic and sight techniques. Unique to her program is a phenomenal technique used to teach different sounds and sound combinations. Over the last 50 (plus) years, Mrs. Ingham pioneered and developed this comprehensive and ingenious reading, writing and classroom management program which grew from her own students’ needs, abilities and interests. Through setting and achieving goals children develop and ensure a positive self-identity and the determination to reach the next goal. Great emphasis is placed on character development as the Gold Rule remains an underlying philosophy of the program. The Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning has recently sent the sixth edition to press. Mrs. Ingham has given instruction at summer and community college extension classes, and has spoken at hundreds of workshops and conventions throughout the western Provinces and as far away as Japan. She was co-founder of the Home and School Association in Pebble Lake, and served as a member of the Yorkton Fair Board and choir leader of her church. She is an honorary member of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, and received the Hilroy Scholarship for Innovative Programs from the Canadian Teachers’ Association in 1970, the Founders’ Award from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and the 1991 Honour Roll Award from Sask Report. She was honoured with the naming of the Teachers’ Resource Room at the Yorkton School District Board Office in 1999. Mrs. Ingham was invested as a member in the Order of Canada in 1994, is a recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Canada 125 Medal in 1992.


2006 Recipients Dr. David L. Kaplan, C.M., S.O.M. Dr. David Kaplan has made varied and exceptional contributions to the musical life of his province. Professor Emeritus, he is the former head of the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Music and former conductor of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. He founded the Saskatchewan Music Council and chaired the Canadian Music Centre’s Prairie Regional Council. A man of many talents, this gifted clarinettist, composer and conductor devotes much of his time to his community. Dr. Kaplan has been involved with a number of organizations. He was President and co-founder of the Saskatoon Jewish Cultural Association, the Saskatoon Composer’s Performance Society and President of the Congregation Agudas Israel. He was co-founder of the International Students’ Music Night and served as member of the Canadian Music Council, the Canadian Music Centre, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Saskatoon Multicultural Council. He is co-founder of the Festival of Faith for Multi-Faith Saskatoon, a multi-faith exposé of traditional values, and was instrumental in the musical activities for the annual Holocaust Memorial and Remembrance Day Services. President of Nutana Rotary, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his generous donation to the Rotary International Foundation. He co-edited a comprehensive collection of Métis fiddle tunes in Drops of Brandy, published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute. In 2004, a tribute concert – called David Kaplan and Friends – was held to celebrate his life and work. He continues to be active in Folkfest Saskatoon, writes for the Saskatoon Klezmer Band and this past summer organized a Drum Festival for the Saskatoon Centennial Celebrations. Dr. Kaplan was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002. He is a recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Saskatoon Composers Performance Society “Amicissima” Award. He was named CTV’s Saskatoon Citizen of the Year in 2005 and Kaplan Green, located in Arbor Creek, was named in his honour.


2006 Recipients Lester D. Lafond, S.O.M. Lester Lafond, member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and resident of Saskatoon, was instrumental in negotiations that led to Saskatchewan’s first most economically successful urban reserve. Entrepreneur, owner and manager of a number of companies, he provides management, investment and business advice to Aboriginal People and consistently works to bridge the gap between the Aboriginal community and the community-at-large. Past President of the Saskatoon and District Chamber of Commerce, he helped establish the first Aboriginal Business Opportunities Committee. He is a former Tribal Chief of Saskatoon Tribal Council and was board member and Chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology. He is a Director of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, is Chair of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Economic Development Opportunity Committee, and is a member of the National Economic Development Management Committee for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He is Chair and President of the First Nations Agricultural Council of Saskatchewan. He is also serves as advisor to the Board of Cree-Way Gas, as Director of Land Entitlements for the Muskeg Lake Band and as business advisor to Aspen Developments, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. He was instrumental in establishing a special website to assist in creating awareness and job opportunities for Aboriginal youth. Mr. Lafond is the recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal. He was named Indian Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989 and one of the ten most influential persons in Saskatchewan by Saskatchewan Business Magazine in 2002. A scholarship for Commerce students at the University of Saskatchewan has been established in his honour.


2006 Recipients Dr. William A. Waiser,

S.O.M., F.R.S.C.

One of the province’s foremost storytellers, Professor of History Bill Waiser has specialized in western and northern Canadian history since joining the University of Saskatchewan in 1984. A devoted public educator and public intellectual, his centennial history, Saskatchewan: A New History, has enriched Saskatchewanians’ understanding of their province. His provincial history has been listed as one of the Best Books of 2005, won the Canadian History Association Clio Award for Best Regional History, and was shortlisted for the Dafoe Book Prize and the Saskatchewan Book Awards. An enthusiastic citizen, Dr. Waiser has helped raise the awareness of the province’s history. He has done more than any other writer to incorporate Aboriginal and First Nations peoples into the story of Saskatchewan. He authored a series of centennial history columns for the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, reaching nearly 300,000 people with his historical analysis of Saskatchewan. He has also been interviewed on television and radio, provincially and nationally, on a broad range of issues from public access to historical census data and important events of the twentieth century. A television researcher and presenter of popularized Saskatchewan history make him a noteworthy academic and citizen. He served as host of the Looking Back CBC television series which won honourable mentions at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. The series has been reproduced on DVD and distributed to Saskatchewan schools. Focussing on Saskatchewan history, he is the writer of nine books in 17 years. Loyal till Death: Indians and the North West Rebellion was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Prize in 1997. He published All Hell Can’t Stop Us, a gripping account of the 1935 On-To-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot, which was recognized as Best Work of Non-Fiction in the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He is at present preparing a new book on the impact of the Depression on everyday citizens. Dr. Waiser is a recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal; the Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Saskatchewan in 2004; and the College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award in 2002.


2007 Recipients The Very Reverend Dr. Walter H. Farquharson, S.O.M., D.D.

Teacher, preacher, writer of hymns and plays, story teller, and orator, The Very Reverend Walter Farquharson has served as a leader in many arenas of life. Born on a seed farm in Rosetown, he was ordained a United Church minister in 1960 and served the denomination as a congregational pastor in the Saltcoats-Bredenbury Pastoral Charge for 36 years. He was elected Moderator of the United Church of Canada for a two year term. During his term he gave his support to the creation of the Moderator’s Task Group on Residential Schools, comprised of aboriginal and non-aboriginal representatives to examine in depth, for the first time, the church’s role in the residential school system. He served as teacher, principal and administrator and as President of the Teachers’ Local, the Yorkdale Educators Association, the Yorkton Teachers Association and served as counsellor to students on an on-call basis for a number of years. Walter Farquharson has written over 100 hymns and his lyrics have enriched the spiritual lives of thousands of United Church members. His hymns are included in the Church’s national hymn book and sung across the country. He served as Alderman and Mayor for the Town of Saltcoats for 14 years and was instrumental in leading a dedicated group of volunteers to raise money to design and build the long term care facility in Saltcoats. He was President of the Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church, and President and Board Member of the Saskatchewan Bed and Breakfast Association. He is currently serving as Chair of the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association. Walter Farquharson received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Andrew’s College in 1975 for his work as rural pastor, educator and hymn writer. His leadership abilities and communication skills have had a positive impact on people in his community, province and country.


2007 Recipients Dr. D. Michael Jackson,

C.V.O., S.O.M., C.D.

After a career as university teacher of French studies, freelance writer and co-founder of Transport 2000, a public transport consumer group, Michael Jackson joined the Saskatchewan public service in 1979. He was appointed Chief of Protocol in 1980 and in 1998 became Executive Director of Protocol, Honours and Government House. He co-ordinated ten royal visits to Saskatchewan and the Government House Heritage Property Centennial Project, opened by the Queen in 2005. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Province’s first honour of the Crown, and developed the secondmost extensive provincial honours and awards program in Canada. He was project leader for the Saskatchewan coat of arms introduced in 1986, several other provincial emblems, and, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Statue project. He is the author of a number of illustrated educational booklets and articles on the Canadian Crown, symbols and honours, including Royal Saskatchewan: The Crown in a Canadian Province, published in 2007. Michael Jackson received a master’s degree from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from the University of Caen, France, where he taught English and Canadian studies. He is an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church. He was public affairs officer in the Army Reserve for 12 years, retiring as a major. He is an experienced conference interpreter and certified English-French translator, past chair of the Regina branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and vice-president of the Canadian Club of Regina. He is also president of the Saskatchewan Interpretation Services Co-operative and a Research Fellow at the Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Dr. Jackson was invested as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty The Queen in 1987 and promoted in 2005 to Commander, the highest rank in the Order open to Canadians. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service of Saskatchewan.


2007 Recipients Donald C. Kerr, S.O.M. Teacher, writer, editor, historian and guardian of the province’s heritage, describes how Don Kerr has devoted his life to enriching his community. He enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at the University of Saskatchewan spanning more than 40 years, and became a powerful voice for local drama, local writing, Canadian literature and Saskatchewan literary culture. He is the author of seven books of poetry, two books of fiction, three non-fiction volumes, 11 edited books, six full-length plays and a number of one-act dramas. Best known as a regionalist, who throughout his career has written on the history and culture of the prairie west, his work has been well received by both readers and critics, and he has been shortlisted for several Saskatchewan Book Awards, winning the Saskatoon Book Award for The Garden of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor. Always interested in the history of Saskatoon and the province in general, he has been a galvanizing force for heritage preservation. He was the first chair of the Saskatoon Heritage Society, the first chair of the Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and has been Saskatchewan’s Governor for the Heritage Canada Foundation. He was a board member of the Meewasin Valley Authority. He served on the Board of Directors of Coteau Books and remains on the Board of NeWest Press. He has been a board member of the literary journals NeWest Review and Grain, and he has served on the Writer-Residence Committee of the Saskatoon Public Library. He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, chair and member of the Saskatoon Public Library Board, member of the SaskFilm Board of Directors, member of the Lieutenant Governor’s committee on the 2005 Celebration of the Arts and is a member of the Board of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance. In recognition of these, and many other, contributions to Saskatchewan arts, culture, and heritage organizations, the University of Saskatchewan awarded Mr. Kerr with the Public Service Extension Award at the 2003 Fall Convocation. Don Kerr is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2007 Recipients Dr. Reuben J. Mapletoft, S.O.M. Dr. Reuben Mapletoft’s research in reproductive biology and the application in assisted reproductive technologies in cattle spans more than 30 years. He is well known for his work in bovine embryo transfer, superovulation and ovulation synchronization. He patented a substance that replaces serum in the cryopreservation of embryos and assisted in the development of a drug to induce superovulation in cattle, allowing for increased embryo production from superior animals. His embryo transfer protocols have become the de facto standard for clinical use worldwide. His recent work on estrus synchronization and ovulation induction allows producers to schedule artificial insemination, increasing its use as a breeding tool. Dr. Mapletoft has brought over $5.75 million dollars in research funding to the University of Saskatchewan through grants from federal and provincial governments, industry associations and private corporations. His work has led to new developments, setting international standards and improving cattle genetics on every continent. He is past president of the International Embryo Transfer Society and served as its Chair of the Import/Export Committee for ten years. He is Founding President of the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association and is currently a member of the Certification Committee. Active in technology transfer, he has given over 150 invited lectures in more than 30 countries and has trained graduate students from all over the world. He has contributed to more than 300 papers to published conference proceedings and authored more than 130 refereed publications. He has conducted more than three dozen embryo transfer workshops for over 200 veterinary professionals around the world. In 1998, Dr. Mapletoft received an honorary life membership in the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association, and in 2000, he received an honorary life membership and the Distinguished Service Award from the International and Canadian Embryo Transfer Society. In 2003, the University of Saskatchewan honoured him with its Distinguished Researcher Award, and in 2005, an earned Doctorate.


2007 Recipients James V. (Jim) Scarrow, S.O.M. Jim Scarrow has combined a stellar broadcasting career with outstanding leadership in community service. As a member of the Kinsmen Club of Prince Albert, which built an arena, park and water park, a community workshop and heritage centre, he became the governor of Kinsmen in Saskatchewan and served as president of the National Association of Kinsmen Clubs. He was a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Kinsmen Foundation for the Handicapped and served as the producer of the Kinsmen Telemiracle telethons that raised millions of dollars for the disabled. He spearheaded the Prince Albert Children’s Haven and as fundraising chair, was instrumental in this facility being debt-free upon its opening in 1995. As fundraising chair for the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Jim Scarrow launched a campaign that raised 4.7 million dollars in less than two months. In addition, his fundraising leadership has extended outside the City of Prince Albert helping to raise dollars for arenas, special care homes and recreation complexes in many small communities. He co-chaired the 1982 Saskatchewan Winter Games and the City of Prince Albert’s 75th and 100th Anniversary Celebrations. He was instrumental in the fundraising of $3.5 million in 18 days for the Bring Back The Magic Campaign, enhancing the financial stability of the WHL hockey franchise and the renovation of the Comuniplex Arena. He served as co-chair of the Seat Sale Campaign raising over $500,000 for the Prince Albert Raiders. He was named Prince Albert Citizen of the Year in 1985, Western Canadian Broadcaster of the Year in 2001, a Paul Harris Fellow by the Prince Albert Rotary Club, was inducted into the prestigious CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2003, and had a park named in his honour in 2005. Jim Scarrow is a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2007 Recipients Cora F. Thomson, S.O.M. A member of the Carry the Kettle First Nation and the Nakota (Assiniboine) tribe, Cora Thomson has served her First Nation community with distinction and has been a positive role model for all those whose lives she has touched. As partner of a mixed farming operation and with her strong agricultural knowledge and experience of crop production, soil management and cattle ranching, she became one of the first Trustees for the Carry the Kettle First Nations Treaty Land Entitlement process and was instrumental in obtaining valuable agricultural land which produces annual revenues of over $600,000 for the Carry the Kettle First Nation. She is a past member of the Carry the Kettle First Nation Band Council and has served five one year terms as President for the Band Pow Wow Committee, helping to rejuvenate this cultural celebration, ensuring its survival for upcoming generations. She has served as an executive member of the Saskatchewan Police Commission and is a founding member of the File Hills Tribal Council Police Service Board. Mrs. Thomson’s position as board member for the File Hills Agency First Nations Child and Family Services gave her the opportunity to ensure that services provided were fair and consistent with provincial standards. She served on the Nakoda Oyate Education Center School Board offering her wisdom and vision of a culturally relevant education system. As Hospital Board Member for the Wolseley and Montmartre Hospitals she worked to promote a better relationship between the hospitals and the local First Nations Community and ensure that quality medical services be provided to the First Nations community. She was instrumental in forming a Ladies Sewing Club, teaching sewing skills to others, and was responsible for making many clothing items for children. Cora Thomson is an executive member of the Montmartre Royal Canadian Legion, a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary and gives her support to the Saskatchewan First Nations’ Veterans Association.


2007 Recipients Brian D. Towriss, S.O.M. Educator and coach, Brian Towriss, has impacted the lives of hundreds of Saskatchewan young people and youth, from within and beyond our borders. Raised in Moose Jaw, he joined the University of Saskatchewan Huskies as a player in the fall of 1974, and was named Western All-Star in his rookie season. Following a stint as provincial coach for Football Saskatchewan, he rejoined his alma-mater and was named head coach of the Saskatchewan Huskies at the age of 27 in 1984. Now a Level IV National Coaching Certification Program coach, he is involved in coaches’ clinics and ID Camps, and is currently President of the Canadian University Football Coaches Association. During his 24 years as head coach of the Huskies he was named Canada West Coach of the Year nine times. He was named Moose Jaw Times Herald ‘Coach of the Year’ in 1998 and 2002 and the Carleton Old Crowe Society recognized him the CIAU Coach of The Year in 1994. He coached the Saskatoon Huskies to 11 Hardy Cup championships, nine Vanier Cup appearances and three Vanier Cup Championships. Under his leadership the Huskies have also won four titles at the Churchill Bowl, one title at the Atlantic Bowl and four titles at the Mitchell Bowl. Coach Towriss’ has placed the highest priority on academic performance and character development. His coaching program has produced leaders on and off the field and has helped spawn a very successful off-field volunteer foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the program in the form of post-secondary scholarships.


2008 Recipients The Honourable Edward D. Bayda, S.O.M., Q.C., LL.D.

(1913 - 2010)

Former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan, E.D. Bayda has provided long and distinguished leadership and service to the people of Saskatchewan and to the broader Canadian community. Mr. Bayda was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench in 1972, served as a judge of that court until December 1974, when he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. In 1981, he was appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan, a post he held for 25 years until retiring in 2006. He was the youngest Chief Justice ever appointed in Canada, the first born in Saskatchewan, the first of Ukrainian descent, and ultimately the longest serving provincial Chief Justice. During his judicial career, he provided meaningful contributions to Canadian public policy, serving as commissioner for the Vancouver Port Grain Handling Industrial Inquiry, and as chair of the Cluff Lake Board of Inquiry which examined the social, economic and ethical implications of the development of Saskatchewan’s uranium deposits. He played an important role in the work of the Canadian Judicial Council and the development of the standard against which the conduct of judges both on and off the bench should be measured. Mr. Bayda served as a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, as a member of the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan, as a former president of the Regina Bar Association, and as past chair of the Civil Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He played an important role in defining the protected fundamental rights of citizens which are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and necessary to sustain our free and democratic society. Mr. Bayda is a strong supporter of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Globe Theatre and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and patron of Saskatchewan’s arts communities. He was appointed to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1954. In recognition of his service to the Province of Saskatchewan, he received honorary doctorates in law from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 and the University of Regina in 2006. In 1995, he was chosen as the B’nai B’rith Citizen of the Year; in 2007, as one of the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence; and in 2008, as a recipient of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Nation Builders Award. The Honourable Ed Bayda is a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2008 Recipients Dr. Eli Bornstein, S.O.M. Wisconsin-born Eli Bornstein; artist, painter, sculptor, writer, editor and educator, moved to Saskatoon in 1950 to teach in the Art Department of the University of Saskatchewan. His contributions to the university included the introduction of a new course, Structure and Colour in Space, which became an area of specialty unique in North America. In 1963, he became Head of the Department and worked in that position through 1971 after which time he continued to serve as an art professor until retirement in 1990. Dr. Bornstein is best known for the threedimensional structurist reliefs which explore the interaction of forms and colors in space and light. His trademark medium is a synthesis of painting and sculpture. His previous drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures used impressionist, cubist and abstract techniques. His works reflect his interests in both natural and built environments. He is known for his large public works, including Tree of Knowledge, a 15-foot high aluminium construction for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. His commissions include Structurist Relief in Fifteen Parts, an abstract construction for the Winnipeg Airport; a four-part vertical construction for Regina’s Wascana Centre Authority; Hexaplane Structurist Relief No. 3, for the Canadian Light Source building at the University of Saskatchewan; Hexaplane Structurist Construction No. 1 for Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; and Hexaplane Structurist Construction No. 2 for the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Dr. Bornstein is represented in numerous public and private collections. They include the National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Milwaukee Art Center and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Recently, an exhibit of 25 of his works was presented by the Forum Gallery in New York. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 1960, he founded the international art journal The Structurist that is distributed in over 35 countries that deals with light, color, space, transparency and structure in art and architecture and their relation to literature, music, science, technology and the environment. Professor Emeritus, Dr. Bornstein received a Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, the Allied Arts Medal from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, and is a recipient of the 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.


2008 Recipients Dr. Elizabeth Brewster, C.M., S.O.M.

One of the few Canadian women published in the 1940s, Dr. Elizabeth Brewster is a prolific author, poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in New Brunswick, Dr. Brewster earned degrees in both Library Science and English Literature. In 1972 she accepted a position in the University of Saskatchewan English Department where she taught for 18 years. She has published more than 20 collections of poetry, five fiction books and several autobiographical volumes. Her clear direct style and thought-provoking themes captivate her readers. Her works have been recognized with numerous national and provincial literary honours. She is a founding member of the journal The Fiddlehead and long-time member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and, a lifetime member of the League of Canadian Poets. Dr. Brewster has taken over the hosting of monthly poetry workshops, originally held by the late Ann Szumilgaski for over two decades. She continues to open her door to new and established poets in the Saskatoon community and host the city’s longest standing poetry group. She has mentored three decades of poets with informed and constructive feedback and encouragement. She continues to make substantial contributions to the artistic and cultural life of Saskatchewan as an academic and an active member of the writing community. Professor Emeritus, Dr. Brewster is a recipient of the 1953 E.J. Pratt Award for Poetry (University of Toronto), the 1979 President’s Silver Medal for Poetry (University of Western Ontario), the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 2003, and the Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award in 1991 and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1996. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2008 Recipients Elder Antoine (Tony) Cote,


Elder, Veteran and former Chief of the Cote First Nation, Tony Cote has been an active leader in the Saskatchewan First Nations community and a role model for First Nations youth. He held many senior positions with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and was an advisor for Human Resource Development Canada regarding employment services. Elder Cote played an important role in the creation of many community, education, health and family services that increased the quality of life for band members, including assisting and supporting the formation of Project Safe Haven, a safe shelter for battered women and providing input into the document entitled Indian Control of Indian Education. He was part of a visionary team of Chiefs that developed the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College now the First Nations University of Canada, the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He initiated the Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services. In 1995, he was elected as the Yorkton Tribal Council Chief. A member of the 25th Infantry Brigade, 81st Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, Elder Cote joined the Canadian Forces in 1952 and served in Korea. On his release from the Army in 1958, he worked as a Supervisor/Recreation Director at residential schools in Alberta. In 1968, he returned to Saskatchewan and became the first Welfare Administrator and Recreation Director for the Cote First Nation. He was elected Chief of the Cote Nation in 1970 and served for eight years. During this time, the band flourished with the development of the Cote Recreational Complex, recreation programs for all ages, the first all-Indian Junior B Hockey Club, a minor hockey system, a girls’ fastball team and a sport facility. In 1974, he founded the Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games, a sporting event available to every First Nations youth in the province. The Games encouraged training, competition, and healthy life alternatives to young people and were later expanded to include winter events. The Games have provided opportunities for community development and relationship building between reserves and neighbouring communities. He was instrumental in providing additional employment for Cote Band Farm Ltd. and contributed to new housing programs, water, sewer and lagoon systems, and the expansion of the Cote Wood Industries to include a sawmill. Elder Cote received the Tom Longboat Medal in 1974 and is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2008 Recipients L. Irene Dubé, S.O.M., LL.D. Through her entrepreneurial spirit, community service and philanthropy, Wynyard-born Irene Dubé has set an inspiring example for business and charitable leadership in the Saskatoon community. Along with her husband, Les Dubé, she made her first private sector investment in 1961 when they purchased a piece of land in Saskatoon. In 1969, they opened an office to manage their growing company. Starting with only three original employees, the Concorde Group of Companies has grown into a diverse company with extensive holdings. Mrs. Dubé provided general management and accounting services for their many business endeavours applying social consciousness along with sound business practices. Mrs. Dubé served the University of Saskatchewan on its Board of Governors from 1987 to 1989. Her philanthropic efforts in Saskatoon have contributed to a new wing at St. Paul’s Hospital, provided financing for several other unmet needs in the areas of surgery, urology and renal care, the establishment of the Breast Health Centre at Saskatoon City Hospital and the Les and Irene Dubé Community Service Learning Program at St. Thomas More College, a style of learning that combines classroom education with volunteer service in the Saskatoon community. She helped to establish a scholarship fund at St. Therese College for people wishing to further their religious education, and she has taken in young unwed mothers whose parents would not allow them to live at home, and provided them with a home environment until their babies were born. Most recently, the Dubé’s donation of $3 million – the largest ever received by a Saskatchewan hospital – contributed to the current construction of a mental health centre to replace both inpatient units at Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital. The centre will be named after Mrs. Dubé and her husband and is expected to open its doors in 2010. Mrs. Dubé was recognized during the City of Saskatoon’s Centennial as one of 100 Who Made a Difference and was inducted into the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence Hall of Fame. In 2007, she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.


2008 Recipients Leslie D. Dubé, S.O.M., LL.D. Wynyard-born Leslie Dubé is a community role model whose philanthropy, community service and social investment have enriched the lives of many. Along with his wife Irene, Leslie has seen their Concorde Group of Companies grow into a large company with diversified business interests across western Canada including motels, apartments, warehouses, strip malls, and fresh fruit and vegetable distribution. He has been involved with a number of charitable organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, the Saskatchewan Diabetes Association, Holy Family Parish Council, the United Way and the James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family. Mr. Dubé has contributed to a new wing at St. Paul’s Hospital, funding the only lithotripter for pulverizing kidney stones in Saskatchewan, the Surgical Special Care Units and the Urology Centre of Health at St. Paul’s, the establishment of a Breast Health Centre at Saskatoon City Hospital and the Les and Irene Dubé Community Service Learning Program at St. Thomas More College. Most recently, he and his wife contributed $3 million – the largest ever received by a Saskatchewan hospital – to the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health. The centre will replace both inpatient units at Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital. It is currently under construction and is slated to open in 2010. Mr. Dubé has held a number of leadership positions with charities and non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan and served on the inaugural board of the Saskatoon Economic Development Authority, now SREDA. He chaired the St. Paul’s Hospital Board of Management and was a founding member of the Saskatoon Health Authority. He also served as Director and Executive Council Member of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Thomas More College. Mr. Dubé is a member of the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence Hall of Fame and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal and received the Saskatoon B’nai Brith “We are Proud of You” Award in 1994. Mr. Dubé was recognized during the City of Saskatoon’s Centennial as one of 100 Who Made a Difference.


2008 Recipients Bob Ellard, S.O.M. Community builder, master athlete, architect, and business leader, Bob Ellard’s leadership has made a substantial impact on his community. His inspiration and encouragement has mobilized hundreds of volunteers for many projects and events. Mr. Ellard has made countless contributions to the sport of rowing in Regina. He was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Regina Rowing Club and established an annual regatta on Wascana Lake. He redeveloped the Regina Rowing Club, making the sport accessible to a wide range of people and founded the Canadian Masters Summer Sports Festival. He continues as an athlete, official and coach. He has coached at all levels including having coached several of Canada’s National Team and Olympic rowers. He served as President of the Regina Rowing Club, the Saskatchewan Rowing Association and Rowing Canada Aviron. He was a founder of the Prairie Rowing Association, and the Vice President of High Performance for Canada at the 1984 Olympics. He was the Saskatchewan coach at four Western Canada Summer Games and three Jeux Canada Games. As President of the 2005 Canada Summer Games, he was instrumental in the development of the Wascana Lake Revitalization Project, better known as “The Big Dig.” He has represented Canada at the Federation Internationale Society d’Aviron Congress and four World Championships. He was the President of the 1995 Grey Cup committee and went on to become President of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1998. He was also Chairman of the 2003 Grey Cup Committee. He has served as Co-chair of the capital campaign for the Regina Palliative Care Inc., Vice-Chair Alpine Canada, President and Chair of the Board for the 2005 Canada Summer Games, Governor and Chair of the Canadian Football League, and Past-President of Rowing Canada Aviron. He was a board member of the Regional Economic Development Authority, and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, and is currently a board member of Communities of Tomorrow, and Golden Opportunities Corporation. Mr. Ellard was named to the SaskSport Volunteer of the Year Award in 1988. He was recognized by Rowing Canada Aviron in 1981 as Coach of the Year and in 1988 as Executive of the Year and with the Centennial Medal. Moreover, in 1989, Rowing Canada Aviron recognized him with the President’s Award and, in 1990, with the Award of Merit. He is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Mr. Ellard is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. 162

2008 Recipients Gavin Semple, S.O.M. Gavin Semple began his career with Brandt Industries as a salesman in the 1970’s. Since then he has made significant contributions to the well-being of our province through entrepreneurial and insightful leadership. As owner and President of the Brandt Group of Companies, he has turned a small agricultural equipment business into the largest privately held company in Saskatchewan, employing 1,300 people in 25 locations across Canada, with revenues approaching $1 billion. Under Mr. Semple’s direction, the Brandt Group has increased not only in terms of capital investment and job numbers, but expanded its scope into national and international ventures increasing the quality of employment opportunities for Saskatchewan people. He has served on several Boards including Saskferco, Doepker Industries, Canada Post Corporation, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Prairie Implement Manufacturers Association, Saskatchewan Research Council, Regina Regional Economic Development Authority, the Saskatchewan Safety Council and others. Mr. Semple serves as Deputy Chair of Enterprise Saskatchewan. In 2005, Mr. Semple’s company partnered with the Regina Exhibition Association (IPSCO Place) and committed annual funding for improvements to the Brandt Centre, formerly the Regina Agridome, and to supply equipment and services required to improve events held in the facility. Through this partnership Brandt supports athletes including the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League and has made Regina an attractive venue for concerts, conventions and tradeshows. He also actively supports community organizations such as the United Way, Canadian Cancer Society and the Regina Food Bank. He has contributed to Luther College’s efforts to raise funds in order to rebuild their gymnasium. Mr. Semple received the Rotary Harris Fellowship and was inducted into the Canadian Professional Sales Hall of Fame. Under his leadership, Brandt has received many awards for sales, management and entrepreneurship excellence, including being named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for seven consecutive years. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2009 Recipients Casimir J. Broda, S.O.M. Entrepreneur and businessman, Casimir Broda has the spirit of a true Saskatchewan pioneer. In 1957, he created the Broda Group in Kamsack, beginning with just one gravel truck. Since then, his company has expanded to become one of Western Canada’s leading earthmovers and railway ballast suppliers with a client list that includes CN Rail, CP Rail, Cameco and PCS Corporation. Their growth encompasses all areas of heavy construction, road construction, mine development, site works and concrete plants. Mr. Broda has developed a world-class construction company that employs approximately 400 workers in various construction sectors and contributes to the economy of many Saskatchewan communities. Operating from the Lakehead to the Pacific, Broda Group has played an important role in the northern regions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Under Mr. Broda’s leadership, his company has constructed many segments of road networks in these regions, offering employment opportunities and bringing services needed for the economic development of northern communities. Mr. Broda’s company played a major role in the Regina Wascana Lake Urban Revitalization, more commonly known as the “Big Dig.” The $18 million project to deepen Wascana Lake took place through the winter of 2004. Over 1.3 million cubic metres of soil was removed from the lake bottom in 78 days. He is a member of the Kamsack Knights of Columbus, the Saskatchewan Roadbuilders’ Association, and the Saskatchewan Construction Association. Mr. Broda is known for many charitable works and has made significant donations to his church and community. Under his leadership, the Broda Group has received the Gold Seal Certification from the Canadian Construction Association; Innovation in Action Award from the Saskatchewan Construction Association; and the Most Unique Project in 2004 from the Saskatchewan Road Builders Association. Mr. Broda was named Kamsack’s Most Outstanding Citizen in 1974.


2009 Recipients Dr. Sharon A. Butala, O.C., S.O.M., LL.D.

Dr. Sharon Butala is known across the country for connecting the spiritual lives of people to the land, particularly in southern Saskatchewan, through her writing and nature conservancy. Author of 16 books and five plays, including The Perfection of the Morning, which made the Globe and Mail’s Canadian bestseller list in 1994, her fiction and non-fiction works are equally engaging. Her works span both popular and academic audiences and are often taught and studied in schools and universities. In 1996, along with her late husband Peter, Dr. Butala made a significant donation of approximately 1,100 acres of unbroken pasture land to the Nature Conservatory of Canada in order to establish the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, preserving forever a large intact section of prairie in a landscape constantly threatened by cultivation. Dr. Butala has also made a significant contribution to the cultural and artistic development of Eastend, now a richly creative community. She started the Eastend Arts Council over 25 years ago and played an important role in preserving Stegner House, the early home of the internationally-known writer Wallace Stegner. The house is now a living museum, offering short-term residencies to writers. As well, she was a driving force behind the Writing the Land Conference held in Eastend in 1994 that brought writers from across the province and the country. She has received the Silver Award for Fiction from the National Magazine Awards; Award for First Paperback Fiction, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters; Non-Fiction Awards, Saskatchewan Book Awards 1994 and 2005; Saskatchewan Gold Award, Western Magazine Awards 1992, 1993 and 1996; and the Writer’s Trust of Canada Marian Engel Prize, awarded for her entire body of work. Dr. Butala is a recipient of a Doctor of Laws and a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), University of Saskatchewan, the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001.


2009 Recipients Dr. Donald Grant Devine, S.O.M. Dr. Grant Devine’s vision and courage have had a significant impact on Saskatchewan. As a University of Saskatchewan agriculture student, his research on market performance in food retailing was instrumental in stimulating competition policy in Canada. He was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan in 1979 and was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1982 to 1991. During this period he worked to provide insurance for homeowners and farmers and secure federal funding for drought stricken farmers. Dr. Devine advocated for the use of publicly traded companies to encourage investment in the province by opening up the government controlled potash, uranium and oil industries. He also supported the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and was instrumental in negotiating lower tariffs for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Europe. He spearheaded a nuclear energy research agreement, bringing the Atomic Energy Corporation of Canada to Saskatoon, relocated the Crown Life Insurance Company from Toronto to Regina and negotiated a twinning agreement with the province of Jilin, China. He also led negotiations between First Nations leaders, rural and urban municipalities and the federal government that changed the formula for settling and honouring historic treaty obligations. Under his leadership, the province built Canada’s first two heavy oil upgraders, Saskatchewan’s first paper mill, and a Japanese-Saskatchewan electric turbine manufacturing facility. He also led the implementation of a province-wide natural gas distribution system and power and water projects like the Rafferty and Alameda dams. Dr. Devine received his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, M.Sc. and M.B.A. from the University of Alberta, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the Vanier Award, as one of Canada’s outstanding young leaders, Jaycees of Canada; the Distinguished Graduate in Agriculture Award, University of Saskatchewan; the International Alumni Award, the Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the Agriculture Institute of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2009 Recipients Elder Alma Kytwayhat, S.O.M. Elder Alma Kytwayhat from the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has been a catalyst of change. As an ambassador of a 7,000 year-old history and pipe keeper, Elder Kytwayhat has made connections with the province’s youth, teachers, and leaders to build understanding and a harmonious future for all Saskatchewan citizens. She has played a significant role in building respect for Cree language, culture and spirituality, teaching students in schools and promoting greater understanding and respect. She is responsible for educating 7,000 Saskatchewan teachers on the history, meaning and future of treaties and the treaty relationship in our province. She also provided input on Teaching Treaties in the Classroom. Elder Kytwayhat is currently Elder-in-Residence for the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, an Elder on the Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission and was appointed as a member of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Senate in 2007. She has done extensive work with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. With her late husband Simon, she served as Elder-inResidence for the Bold Eagle program, an Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification course designed for Aboriginal youth. She is a member of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speaker’s Bureau and a participant of both the Treaty Learning Network and the Exploratory Treaty Table. She has served as Elder and cultural advisor for the First Nations Summer Games and a participant in the 2006 Treaty Mace Runner Ceremony. Her extensive knowledge of traditional healing remedies has been shared on television and she was a featured Elder in the Treaty Message Minutes on CTV in 2006. That same year she participated in the 100th anniversary of the first opening of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Elder Kytwayhat has received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Women of the Dawn First Nations Award; Citizen of the Year, Indian Government Category, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations’ Circle of Honour; and is listed on the Honor Wall of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. She is also the recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2009 Recipients Harold Hugh MacKay, O.C., S.O.M., Q.C., LL.D.

Harold Hugh MacKay has given outstanding service to his province and his country. As one of Canada’s most distinguished lawyers, he is both a community leader and public policy advocate. Mr. MacKay is of counsel to the Regina law firm MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. He is also a commercial arbitrator and a corporate director, and has been an active participant in public policy issues. In 1996 he conducted an in-depth study of the universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, guiding the relationships between the two institutions and the provincial government to ensure greater collaboration and effectiveness. Mr. MacKay chaired the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector in 1998, making a significant contribution by recommending policies to modernize and strengthen the regulation of Canada’s banks and insurers. These policy recommendations and resulting legislative changes have played an important role in protecting Canada from the recent global financial crisis. He also served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist in the federal Department of Finance and was Vice-Chair of the Wise Persons’ Committee, which reported to the Minister of Finance on Canada’s securities regulatory structure. He has served as chair and director of many boards and organizations, including lead director of the Bank of Canada, chair of the corporate fundraising campaign to build the First Nations University of Canada and chair of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Regina Bar Association, Young Men’s Christian Association and the United Church of Canada. Mr. MacKay was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980. He is a recipient of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Award of Achievement, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), University of Regina, and the Dalhousie University Sir James Dunn Award. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch; the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.


2009 Recipients Jack MacKenzie, S.O.M. Community leader, educator and volunteer, Jack MacKenzie has demonstrated an unparalleled dedication and passion for physical education and Saskatchewan nature. After leaving the Brandon School Board in Manitoba, Mr. MacKenzie joined the Regina Board of Education in 1956, and was instrumental in innovative curriculum development in outdoor and physical education. In 1967, he worked part time as a physical education consultant in order to devote time to co-founding Saskairie, an outdoor educational centre in the Moose Mountains that serves southern Saskatchewan. In 1978, he worked with community groups and associate schools in the Scott Collegiate area as vice principal on special assignment. In 1999, the Regina School Board named Jack MacKenzie Elementary School in his honour. To acknowledge this recognition, Mr. MacKenzie commissioned an artist to sculpt The Joy of Effort, a bronze statue of children and created the Joy of Effort Award, given annually to the student best exhibiting the joy of effort and achievement. He also established a charitable foundation for elementary schools to implement acts of kindness for vulnerable persons or environments. He organized canoe trips with Cree youth and leaders in Northern Saskatchewan and worked with the Discovery Channel to develop a series of educational films about learning and teaching in outdoor environments. He also developed instructional videos on Camp Craft for the Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon. He has served as president to a number of organizations including the Saskatchewan Camping Association, Regina Natural History Society, and Saskatchewan Physical Education Association, as well as founder of the Saskatchewan Outdoor Education Association. He was also chosen by Air Canada to be the subject of an in-flight vignette about 12 of the country’s top Canadians. Mr. Mackenzie is the recipient of the R. Tait McKenzie Award of Honour, Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the top national physical health education organization. In 2007, he was inducted as a Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance.


2009 Recipients Dr. David Millar, S.O.M. As a health care professional and in his public service, Dr. David Millar always puts the well-being of others first. He is a strong advocate and volunteer for mental health reform on the local, provincial and national levels. As president of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Saskatchewan Division in 1983 - 85, he participated in the development of a national Framework of Support, earning a national CMHA award. Dr. Millar takes an inclusive approach to his Regina chiropractic practice, making emergency house calls and providing free services when needed. He is a consultant for the Ministry of Health’s Medical Services Branch and the Functional Rehabilitation Program at Wascana Hospital. He has served on the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan board, as chair of the Council of Chiropractic Education (Canada), and was a co-founder of the Regina Chiropractic Back School. He has served on the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Globe Theatre board of directors, leading a capital campaign that raised $1.5 million for upgrades to the theatre in the historic Prince Edward Building. He is currently working on a community-based funding initiative called Creative Kids to assist vulnerable children to participate in the arts and serves as a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra board. An active rower, Dr. Millar has served as president of the Regina Rowing Club and the Saskatchewan Rowing Association. He was chairperson for the Rowing Venues for the 1987 Western Canada Games and 1992 Canadian Masters Summer Sport Festival. He was Rowing Sport Leader for the Jeux de Canada Games in 2005 and volunteer Medical Mission staff in 2007. He has volunteered as medical staff for several sporting events in Regina. Dr. Millar has been a member of many professional, arts and cultural, sport and recreation groups, including SaskSport and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. He is a recipient of the CHMA National President’s Award and the Consumer Participation Award; the National Award of Merit of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association; Member of the Year, Regina Rowing Club; and Member of the Year, Saskatchewan Rowing Association.


2009 Recipients Arne F. Petersen, S.O.M. Arne F. Petersen has been an influential entrepreneur in Saskatchewan for several decades, who has been recognized internationally for enhancing the community of Prince Albert and helping to put Saskatchewan on the destination map.

his impact on the forestry industry.

In 1975, he began his own business, Precision Service and Engineering, designing and building equipment for the orient strand board (OSB) industry. He soon became known as an international leader in the development of OSB plants, playing a role in the design or construction of all but one of 76 plants worldwide. His company directly employed hundreds of people and numerous others benefited from

Mr. Petersen’s work has made a substantial boost to Saskatchewan’s tourism industry. In 1993, he began work on the Elk Ridge Golf and Conference Centre Inc. resort project on the outskirts of Prince Albert National Park, which now has a Canada Select Four Star designation. He worked to ensure that the environmental impact of the project was minimal showcasing the grandeur of the region. This four-season resort in northern Saskatchewan represents an investment in excess of $45 million. It features 27 holes of golf on three courses, a hotel, convention centre, three restaurants, pavilion, pro shop, wedding chapel, condominiums, town houses, RV park, private residential lots and a staff housing facility for 96 people. The resort employs 150 people in summer and 60 more year round, and is in essence, a small municipality. Mr. Petersen’s was instrumental in advocating new legislation that would allow fractional ownership of resort properties. As a tourism operator he has hosted many charity golf tournaments as well as a CPGA tournament. He has also used his earth moving equipment to create a toboggan hill for children of the Montreal Lake Band. Mr. Petersen was selected as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award in 2003. Elk Ridge has been recognized by the Canadian Professional Golf Association as the 2007 Resort of the Year.


2009 Recipients Linda K. Rudachyk, S.O.M. Linda Rudachyk works tirelessly to protect, nurture and advocate on behalf of Weyburn’s underprivileged and at-risk children. She founded the Weyburn and Area Council on Child Abuse (WACCA) and was a presenter at the International Conference of Child Abuse Prevention in Toronto in 1989. This in part resulted in Weyburn being named as one of five Caring Communities in Canada. In 1995, she founded The Family Place, a community-funded resource centre for families, and served as manager without receiving a salary until 2002. During this period she established and expanded the staff and board of directors and led fundraising campaigns that raised in excess of $340,000. She developed the centre’s Mini Go, a Prekindergarten program for children ages three to five, and Tiny Go for two-year-olds, to provide a structured, nurturing and stimulating early learning environment for children at risk. These programs assist families who have children with handicaps, late development, behaviour disorders, autism, and self-esteem and social development issues. She served as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Social Services, developing a Parenting Partners Program and was active in foster parent training and provincial and federal community consultation work for Young Offenders and Child Welfare. She also developed the Parent Aid Program (now Family Support Worker Program) in southeast Saskatchewan. She has led many fundraisers and organized volunteers for countless luncheons, birthday parties, raffles, concerts and the Festival of Trees Christmas Tree Auction. A charter member of Weyburn Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Mrs. Rudachyk has served as a billet for local Junior A Hockey Teams, welcoming members into her home for 14 years. Mrs. Rudachyk was the first recipient of the Weyburn Community Service Award, Quota International in 2001. She is also the recipient of the Paul Harris Award, Weyburn Rotary Club; Golden Spike Weybex Award, Weyburn Chamber of Commerce; and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


2009 Recipients Lorne Scott, C.M., S.O.M. Indian Head farmer Lorne Scott has spent a lifetime working to preserve the natural world and inspiring others to enjoy and care about the future of our natural environment. At 15 he built his first nest box for birds and over the years has set out over 2,000 bluebird nest boxes. He has banded over 30,000 birds and has a collection of 15,000 nature photographs. In 1967, Mr. Scott began work at the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History and then as Park Naturalist at Wascana Centre Authority in 1975. As president of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society, he played a key role in the creation of the Heritage Marsh Program and in the development of stewardship programs to protect habitat for endangered Burrowing Owls. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s Mr. Scott worked to secure 3.4 million acres of Crown land under the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act, ensuring it would continue to be leased for grazing, and not be developed or sold. This public land is some of the best natural habitat in southern Saskatchewan. As provincial Environment Minister, he introduced legislation to protect species at risk species, provide conservation easements, and for improved management and protection of forest resources. Among other appointments, Mr. Scott has served as president of Nature Saskatchewan and the Whooping Crane Conservation Association. He served as both president and executive director of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Mr. Scott has been recognized with numerous awards, honours, and lifetime memberships that span five decades, including the Ducks Unlimited Canada Lieutenant Governor’s Green Wing Conservation Award, the Prairie Conservation Award for Saskatchewan and the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Nature Canada’s Conservation Awards. He was the first recipient of the Tourism Industry of Canada’s Governor General’s Conservation Award in 1980. He is also the recipient of the Canadian Merit Award, the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in 2008.


2009 Recipients William Shurniak, S.O.M., LL.D. An exemplary ambassador of Saskatchewan, William Shurniak has sought to create entrepreneurial, educational and cultural networks, and opportunities for the citizens of Saskatchewan. In 1999, he created an annual scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan for youth from rural Saskatchewan. For the first several years that he funded the Shurniak Scholarship, he did so despite living in Hong Kong and then Australia. After returning to Saskatchewan in 2005, he opened the Shurniak Art Gallery in Assiniboia, sharing his international art collection with the community. His international career in banking and corporate finance led him to make many friends around the world and many of them have visited him in Saskatchewan and attended the gallery’s grand opening. The gallery has attracted approximately 50,000 visitors to Assiniboia, playing a significant role in increasing tourism in the area and making a town of 2,800 people a destination of choice. He further supports the Saskatchewan arts community by hosting exhibitions of works of art by Saskatchewan artists. In support of his province, he has continually promoted Southern Saskatchewan to his visitors. He has often taken guests, driving them himself or, on occasion, by chartered bus, on tour of the area, which invariably included picnic lunches in one of the parks. Mr. Shurniak has provided the Assiniboia and District Arts Council with a fully furnished office in the gallery and space for their travelling exhibitions. Space is also provided to other non-profit groups including the Community Choir. Art programs for children are held in the gallery as well as school group tours. He is a director of a number of companies in Canada and overseas and supports many community initiatives including the new Communities in Bloom park in Assiniboia. He also supports aspiring young artists, and art, recreation and cultural organizations including the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Trans Canada Trail. Mr. Shurniak is the recipient of a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Saskatchewan.


2009 Recipients Geoffrey Ursell, S.O.M. Born in Moose Jaw, author and composer Geoffrey Ursell has spent a lifetime giving voice to, and celebrating Saskatchewan. As an editor and publisher he has helped many other writers do the same. In 1975, he and three writers from Moose Jaw founded the nationally celebrated literary publishing house, Coteau Books. He currently serves as its president and publisher. A founder of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre, Mr. Ursell served as president for both. He’s also been president of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, vice president of Saskatchewan ACTRA, writerin-residence at the Saskatoon and Winnipeg public libraries, editor-in-chief of Grain magazine, and a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee for the Status of the Artist and the Saskatchewan Trust Cultural Committee. He has written or co-written several musicals that have been produced by Saskatchewan theatres including Gold on Ice, about the Sandra Schmirler curling team, Winning the Prairie Gamble and Year of the Moose. His stage adaptation of Martha Blum’s novel The Walnut Tree, opened the 2009 - 10 season at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. He has also written songs for plays by other writers. He created the CBC docudrama, Distant Battles, about the 1885 Métis Resistance. He is also co-creator and co-producer of the preschool television series Prairie Berry Pie, broadcast on SCN, Global, and APTN. His short stories, poems, and songs have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals. Mr. Ursell received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of London (England). His novel, Perdue, won the Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and his stage plays have won three national playwriting awards. His first full-length play, The Running of the Deer, won the Clifford E. Lee National Playwriting Award. His musical, Saskatoon Pie, won Persephone Theatre’s National Playwriting Competition, and has been produced three times by the theatre. He is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.



Saskatchewan Order of Merit Recipients Alphabetical Index C Campbell, Angus R. ............................71 Campbell, Dr. Constantine A. ............83 Campbell, Maria................................132 Carrier, Lorne.....................................124 Carter, Roger C. ..................................84 Cenaiko, Dr. Frederick T. ....................37 Chabot, Irène Fournier.......................133 Cicansky, Victor...................................79 Cohen, Dr. Saul....................................16 Cote, Elder Antoine (Tony)................159 Cowley, Reta.........................................38 Craig, Dr. Burton M. ..........................39 Cugnet, Margaret...............................118 Culliton, The Hon. Edward M. ..........26 D DePauw, Dr. Ronald.............................42 Devine, Dr. Donald Grant.................166 Dietrick, Lorne E. ...............................95 Dosman, Dr. James............................134 Douglas, The Hon. T.C. . ....................11 Dubé, L. Irene....................................160 Dubé, Leslie D. .................................161 E Ellard, Bob..........................................162 F Fafard, Joseph (Joe).............................112 Farquharson, The Very Rev. Dr. Walter H. ....................................149 Fedoruk, The Hon. Sylvia O. ..............17 Ferguson, Robert R. ............................59

A Abrahamson, Calvin D. ....................144 Ahenakew, Freda.................................130 Ahmad, Nahid....................................111 Allen, Hilda............................................8 Anderson, Boyd M. .............................76 Archer, Dr. John H. . ...........................21 Azevedo, E.N. (Ted).............................32 B Babiuk, Dr. Lorne..............................117 Baldwin, Mildred...................................9 Baltzan, Dr. Marc A. ...........................87 Barber, Dr. Lloyd I. .............................65 Barclay, Byrna.....................................123 Barnhart, The Hon. Dr. Gordon L. ..142 Bayda, The Hon. Edward D. . ...........156 Bear, Angus...........................................22 Belcher, Margaret.................................77 Bell, Carol Gay.....................................78 Black, Donald.....................................131 Blakeney, The Hon. Allan E. ...............94 Bornstein, Dr. Eli...............................157 Bothwell, George R. ............................48 Brandt, Dr. Elisabeth H. Pasztor..........66 Brewster, Dr. Elizabeth.......................158 Broda, Casimir J. ...............................164 Brown, Dr. Jacob A. ............................10 Bunnie, Chief Samuel..........................49 Butala, Dr. Sharon A. ........................165 Butters, Isabelle.....................................82 Butterworth, Marjorie Sinclair.............53


K Kaplan, Dr. David L. . .......................146 Kendel, Dr. Dennis............................125 Kerr, Donald C. ................................151 Knowles, Dorothy................................23 Kumar, Dr. Krishna..............................99 Kytwayhat, Elder Alma.......................167 L Lafond, Alpha.......................................30 Lafond, Lester D. ..............................147 Ledingham, Dr. George F. ...................61 Leyton-Brown, Dr. Howard.................72 M MacKay, Harold Hugh.......................168 MacKenzie, Jack.................................169 MacMurchy, Gordon S. ......................89 Malhotra, Dr. Lalita............................105 Mapletoft, Dr. Reuben J. . .................152 McDowell, Dr. Stirling.........................80 McKercher, M.L. (Peggy)...................106 McLeod, Dr. John..............................126 Michel, Bernard M.............................119 Millar, Dr. David................................170 Mitchell, Kenneth..............................107 Morris, George H. . .............................31 Morrison, H. Frances...........................90 N Nelson, Walter C..................................40 O Oddie, Emmie......................................47 Ogle, The Rev. Robert J. .....................67 Ohlsen, Ted..........................................24 Olaski, Suzanne Claire........................127

G Gallaway, Marguerite............................27 Gathercole, Dr. Frederick J. . ...............12 Green, John..........................................85 Greyeyes, David G. .............................54 Gustin, Lyell A. ...................................18 H Hanson, Bill.........................................96 Harvey, Dr. Bryan..............................135 Hassett, Yvonne....................................43 Haughton, Willa A. . ...........................33 Haverstock, The Hon. Dr. Lynda M. .102 Hicks, John V. .....................................50 Hill, Frederick W. ................................88 Hinitt, Robert N. ................................97 His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex..............................143 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales............................103 Hjertaas, Dr. Orville K. .......................55 Hoag, Violet Margaret Jackson.............28 Hodgson, Christine (Willy) ................60 Horlick, Dr. Louis................................44 Horlick, Ruth.......................................98 Horner, W. Harold...............................29 Houston, Dr. C. Stuart.........................51 I Ingham, Anna G. ..............................145 J Jackson, Dr. D. Michael.....................150 Jahnke, Neil........................................104 Johnson, The Hon. F.W. . ....................45 Johnstone, Annie..................................46


Solomon, George C..............................14 Spinks, Dr. John W.T. .........................74 Staseson, Gordon W. .........................129 Stechishin, Savella.................................86 Steele, Dr. Phyllis L. ............................15 Stevenson, Theresa................................69 Sudom, Ann M. ..................................41 Sures, Jack...........................................121 Sutter, Christian T. ..............................19 Szumigalski, Anne................................35 T Taylor, Tillie..........................................75 Thakur, Dr. Aruna Lakdawala ...........140 Thomson, Cora F. . ............................154 Tinney, Phyllis Airth.............................20 Towriss, Brian D. ..............................155 Turner, E.K. (Ted)................................70 U Ursell, Geoffrey...................................175 V Vanderhaeghe, Guy............................122 W Wagman, Fred L. . .............................101 Waiser, Dr. William A. ......................148 Walker, Dr. Ernest G. ........................110 Wallin, Pamela D. ...............................91 Wallman, Arthur L. .............................36 Weisgerber, The Most Rev. James.......141 Williams, Dr. Charles M. (Red).........116 Worobetz, The Hon Dr. Stephen.........92 Wright, Clifford....................................93

P Pavlychenko, Lusia.............................136 Pawson, Dr. Geoffrey.........................108 Pawson, Ruth.......................................56 Pearsall, Victor......................................68 Perehudoff, William.............................62 Peters, Earl W. .....................................57 Petersen, Arne F. ................................171 Petit, Claude.......................................113 Petterson, Ida M. .................................52 Pettick, Joseph....................................137 Phillips, Roger....................................114 Pinder, R. Ross.....................................81 R Rajput, Dr. Ali H. ...............................58 Rawlinson, Edward A. . .......................34 Richardson, Garnet (Sam)..................138 Riddell, Dr. William A. .......................63 Romanow, The Hon. Roy J. ..............120 Roy, John Francis (Frank)...................139 Rudachyk, Linda K. ..........................172 S Sanderson, Carole.................................64 Sapp, Allen...........................................13 Scarrow, James V. (Jim)......................153 Schmirler, Sandra...............................100 Scott, Lorne........................................173 Seifert, Lillian.......................................25 Semple, Gavin....................................163 Sharma, Dr. Rajendra.........................128 Shumiatcher, Dr. Morris C. ................73 Shumiatcher, Jacqui............................109 Shurniak, William..............................174 Small, William (Bill)...........................115