Alumni Association Achievement Awards

2014 Alumni Achievement Awards 

Celebrate the achievements and significant contributions of University of Saskatchewan alumni.

Nominations for 2014 are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. It's now up to the selection committee to select this year's recipients.

A reception will be held in the fall to honour our recipients.

Here's what a few past recipients say about their award:

About the Awards

The Alumni Achievement Awards are presented annually to U of S graduates who advance the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association. Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.

Alumni successes will be recognized through their exemplary contributions in fields such as:

  • Aboriginal initiatives
  • agriculture
  • the arts
  • athletics, sports and wellness
  • business and industry
  • community leadership
  • education
  • occupations or professions
  • philanthropy
  • public service
  • research
  • volunteer service

Established in 1978, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Awards honour the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and attest to the excellence of the University of Saskatchewan educational experience.

Nominations for 2014 close June 13. Complete the nomination form
Read the terms of reference for details.

2013 Alumni Achievement Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 recipients, who were recognized at a reception on October 24 in Saskatoon.

2013 Alumni Award reception

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2013 Recipients are:

Charlie Mayer The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer, P.C. (BSA’64) for his lifetime of commitment and contributions to the agricultural industry in Canada as a public servant.

Elected member of Parliament in 1979, Mayer served in the House of Commons for 15 years and was a member of cabinet for nine years as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Minister of State for Grains and Oilseeds, and Minister of State for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Mayer was a Canadian representative during negotiations for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). He was also involved in the agricultural components during negotiations of the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement.

Throughout his political career, Mayer worked tirelessly to ensure the viability and diversification of the rural economy. He was an advocate of value-added processing and increased control of the producers in the marketing of their products. During the drought in Western Canada during the mid-1980s, he was
instrumental in securing federal assistance for prairie farmers.

In recognition of his service, Mayer is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and is a member of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Don Mitchell Donald (Don) A. Mitchell (BA’69, MA’73) for his public service and contributions to community-based social and sustainability initiatives.

Don Mitchell earned both of his degrees at the U of S Regina Campus*, where he served as president of the students’ union, vice-president of the Canadian Union of Students and editor of the Carillon student newspaper.

He has long been an advocate for local and national food policy, healthcare reforms and affordable housing. In 1975, his thesis became a published book, The Politics of Food.

For more than 25 years, Mitchell coordinated the Churchill Park Greenhouse Cooperative in Moose Jaw. The project—which was featured in a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Everyone’s Business—integrated disadvantaged individuals in economic and social development. It not only improved the diet of participants, it provided food for the Moose Jaw Food Bank, for a local school lunch program and farmers markets in Moose Jaw and Regina.

Mitchell has served a term as mayor of Moose Jaw and is in his third term as city councillor. He sits on housing, environment and cultural diversity advisory committees.

Mitchell has served on several boards, including the Saskatchewan Health Coalition, Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Saskatchewan), and Food Secure Saskatchewan.

*Prior to 1974, when the University of Regina was officially legislated as a separate degree granting institution, students were part of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and earned University of Saskatchewan degrees.

James Ogloff Dr. James Ogloff (MA’86) for his groundbreaking contributions to criminal justice and pioneering efforts in education and the practice of clinical forensic psychology.

The University of Saskatchewan’s strong reputation in clinical and forensic psychology with the Regional Psychiatric Centre drew Dr. Ogloff to the U of S. His education here served as the foundation for his career-long interest in clinical forensic psychology. He later earned a law degree and PhD from the University of Nebraska.

He joined the psychology Department at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 1990, where he developed and directed the Program in Law and Psychology. He later became SFU’s first endowed professor in psychology and served as the first director of mental health services for BC Corrections.

In 2001, Dr. Ogloff joined Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health in Australia as foundation professor of clinical forensic psychology. He later established the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Dr. Ogloff is a fellow of the Canadian, American, and Australian psychological societies. He has published 16 books and more than 230 scholarly articles and chapters. He has served as president of associations, including the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychology Law Society, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and has received awards for his work from psychological associations in Canada, the US,
and Australia.

Duff Spafford Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford (BA’59, MA’61) for his significant work unearthing history and archival information on the U of S and its people.

Spafford taught political studies at the U of S for almost 40 years. After retiring in 2002, he worked closely with University Archives to tell the story of the university. While archivists provide administrative histories of the U of S, ensuring we have evidence to understand the university and its functions, Spafford gave new insight into what gives life to the institution—its people.

Spafford spearheaded the alumni book project, a collection of books authored, edited or illustrated by former U of S students. Over 3,000
books are listed, and almost 1,000 books are in a physical collection.

As a member of the selection committee for the College of Arts and Science 100 Alumni of Influence, he was integral in finding alumni deserving of the award and in establishing important connections of alumni to the U of S that would have otherwise remained unknown.

Spafford also conducted extensive research for The Sheaf ’s 100th anniversary in 2012, tracking down former editors and staff members for a special anniversary publication.

Cheryl Avery, university archivist, said, “The university matters to him; and it matters to him that we tell its story well. He has helped us do so.”

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Farrah MateenDr. Farrah Mateen (MD’05) for her internationally recognized research and scholarship in global health and neurology.

Dr. Mateen’s academic career—focusing on neurological disorders in low-resource settings—has taken her to developing countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East studying brain disorders. She has worked with the World Health Organization’s polio eradication initiative and the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.

She completed a residency in adult neurology at the Mayo Clinic, a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in neurological infections and multiple sclerosis at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is expected to defend her PhD in international health epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health in late-2013.

This fall, Dr. Mateen joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School to begin a program in global health and neurology—the first dedicated program of its kind in North America.

In her budding career, Dr. Mateen has already authored more than 80 academic papers, with some appearing in noted journals such as The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she has received many awards and honours, including the prestigious American Academy of Neurology Founders’ Alliance Award.

Past Recipients

Alumni Achievement Award Recipients


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The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer, P.C., BSA’64
Donald (Don) A. Mitchell, BA’69, MA’73
Dr. James Ogloff, MA’86
Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford, BA’59, MA’61

Young Alumni Achievement Award:
Dr. Farrah Mateen,


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Austin Beggs, BA’74
Dr. Sasha Bernatsky, BSc’88
Dr. Anne Doig, MD’76
Elaine Golds, BA’64
Digvir Jayas, PhD’87
Prof. Emeritus Radhey Lal Kushwaha, PhD’67
Robert (Bob) McKercher, BA’50, LLB’52
Dr. Bruce McManus, BAPE’67, MD’77
Chancellor Emeritus Edward (Ted) Turner, D/Agric’48, honorary LLD’89
Garrett Wilson, BA’53, LLB’54

Young Alumni Achievement Awards:
Natasha Haskey, BSNutr’98, MSc’07
Karl Miller, BA’98, BComm’01


B. E. (Bev) Allen, BSP’73
Tony Dagnone,
L. David Dubé,
Rui Feng,
Edward Hudek,
Ken Linnen,
Terrence Veeman,

In 2011, the format of the awards changed, eliminating the previous categories of awards.

Alumni Award of Achievement
1979 Mr. W. Hugh Arscott, BComm’48
1980 Dr. J. Francis Leddy, BA’30, MA’31, PhD, LLD’65
1981 Dr. Howard T. Fredeen, BSA’43, MSc(Alta), PhD (Iowa)
1982 Mr. Henry J. Fast, BSc’40
1983 Dr. Clayton O. Person, BA’49, MS’51, PhD (Alta)
1984 Dr. Jack Shaw, BA’34
1985 Mr. Norman K. Rebin, BA’59
1986 Mr. Lyman R. Hill, BEd’68, P/G Dip Ed. Admin’70, MEd’79
1987 Dr. Neil S. Crawford, BA’51, LLB’54
1988 Dr. Robert G. Robertson, LLD’59, BA (Oxford), MSc (TOR)
1989 Professor Jack L. Summers, BSP’49, MSP’52 (Iowa)
1990 Mrs. M. Lorraine Hill, BSN’60, M/Cont. Ed’79
1991 Mrs. Marian A. Younger, BA’28, BComm’53
1992 Mrs. Ann L. Schulman, BSN’65
1993 Dr. V. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, BSHEc’66, MSc (Utah), LLD’94
1996 Dr. G.W. (Scotty) Cameron, BComm’55, LLD’97
1997 Mr. F.J. Hartley Fredeen, BSA’43, MSc’51
1997 Mrs. Margaret Fredeen, BSN’47
1998 Dr. Gwenna M. Moss, BSHEc’59, MSc (WIS)’68, PhD (WIS)’70
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 Mr. Harold H. MacKay, BA'60, LLB'63 (DAL)
2001 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy, BA'64, LLB'64
2002 Dr. Vera R. Pezer, BA'62; MA'64; PhD'77
2003 Dr. Louise Forsyth, BA'55; MA'63 (UWO); PhD'66 (UWO)
2004 Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Walker, C.M., S.O.M., BEd'71, MA'78, PhD'80 (TEX)
2005 Dr. Bryan Harvey, BSA'60, MSc'61, PhD'64 (CAF)
2006 Dr. Glen Baker, BSP'70, MSc’72, PhD’74, DSc’00 
2007 Mr. W. Brett Wilson, BE'79
2008 Dr. Russ Kisby, BAPE'63, LLD'96
2009 Dr. Malcolm Wilson, MSc'77, PhD'81
2010 Dr. Ernest Olfert, BA'65, DVM'69, MSc'76

 Alumni Honour Award
1998 Ms. Arlis McQuarrie, Dip PT'73; BPT (ALT)'77; BA'79
1999 Ms. Ruth Smillie, 1st year BFA, 1973-74
2000 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy, BA'64, LLB'64
2001 The Honorable Allen B. Sulatycky, BA'62, LLB'62
2002 Dr. Milkha Singh Aulakh, BSc'72 Guru Nanak Dev Univ (India), MSc'74 Punjab Agric Univ (India), PhD'83
2003 Dr. Sharon Butala, Bed'62; BA'63; PGD'73, LLD'00 (Regina)
2004 Dr. John Leonard (Len) Gusthart, BEd'69, BA'71, MEd'75
2005 Ms. Tania Miller, BMusEd'91
2006 Dr. William (Bill) Waiser, S.O.M., MA'76, PhD'83
2007 Mr. Don Bateman, BE'56

Alumni Excellence in Aboriginal Initiatives Award
2005 Mr. Orest Murawsky, BA'71, BEd'74, MEduc'75
2006 Ms. Marie (Sharon) LaFlamme, BEd'91, PGD'01
2007 Mr. Richard Dubé, BMUSED'94
2008 Mr. Gordon Martell, BEd'91, MEduc'98
2009 Mr. Cort Dogniez, BEd'79, PGD'92
2010 Dr. Cecil King, BEd'73, MEduc'75

Alumni Humanitarian Award
1998 Ms. Grace Davis Pine, BSc '30, Med. Cert. '31
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 Mr. Ivan D. Yaholnitsky, BA'79, MA'86
2001 Mr. Douglas C. Hodson, Bcomm'81, LLB'84
2002 Mr. Norman Rebin, BA'59 Mrs. Delva Rebin, BA'58
2003 Mr. Peter Zakreski, BA'61
2004 Mr. David Rodney, BA'87, BEd'88
2005 Ms. Eileen Skinnider, LLB’87, Dr. Marie Skinnider, MD’87, & Ms. Kathleen Skinnider, BSN’91
2006 Dr. Ann McCaig, C.M.; A.O.E, BEd’61, LLD'01
2007 Ms. Sylvia Cholodnuik, BSHEC'85
2008 Mr. Levi Goertz, BE'04
2009 Mr. Lorne Gelowitz, S.V.M., BA'83
2010 Mr. Garth Herbert, Bcomm'91

Alumni Service Award
1998 Mr. Glenden (Glen) W. Hass, BSA’60; Ed Dip’65; BEd’66; MCEd’76
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 FOCUS (Friends of the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan) - Calgary Chapter
2001 Mr. Robert E. Brack, BSA'52, MSc'61 (WIS)
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) F. Currie, BA'59; MA'62
2003 Dr. Donald Stefiuk, BSC'73; MD'77
2004 Mr. Kenneth Ready, BSP'53
2005 Ms. Catherine Gryba, BSPE’84
2006 Dr. David Keegan, BA’60 (Cum Laude), MD’64
2007 Ms. Carrie Allen, BA'00
2008 Dr.
Don Hamilton, BSc'68, DVM'70, PHD'74
2009 Ms. Susan Milburn, Bcomm'78, MBA'80
2010 Ms.
Laurel Krause, BSHEc '75, BEd'77

Alumni Mentorship Award
1999 Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
2000 Mr. Richard L. Johnson, BSN'70, BA'86
2001 Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) A. Thomas, BCOMM'89 (U os S), CA'80 (Sask), CACE'00 (UVic)
2003 Mr. Alan Thomarat, BA'95
2004 Mr. Jerold (Jerry) J. Peters, BA'87, BEd'88, MEd'96 (VIC)
2005 Professor Margaret Crossley, BA’82, MA’84, PhD’89
2006 Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, MA’87, PhD’91
2007 Mr. Brent Banda, MBA'01, BCOMM'97
2008 Dr. Jocelyne Martel, MD'90
2009 Ms. Betty-Ann Heggie, BEd'75
2010 Dr. William Frischke, DVM'76

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
2000 Dr. Aaron James Marshall, BSc'92, PhD'97 (TOR)
2001 Mr. Trent McConaghy, BSc'99, BE(EL)'99
2002 Mr. Christopher (Chris)D. Labrecque, BSc'99;BE(EP)'99
2003 Mr. Benjamin Voss, BE'99
2004 Ms. Garnette Weber, BSPT'96 and Mr. Daniel Weber, BSC'96
2005 Mr. Amit Gupta, BE(EE)’99, BSc’99
2006 Dr. Thomas Yu, DMD’03
2007 Mr. Andrew McCreath, BA'99
2008 Mr. Chad Hamre, BE'05
2009 Dr. Alika Lafontaine, MD'06
2010 Ms. Kelly-Anne Riess, BA'02