Alumni Association Achievement Awards

On October 20 we celebrated these esteemed individuals and their achievements at the annual University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Honouring Our Alumni event; an evening recognizing their determination and influence.

Do you have an amazing U of S alumni you'd like to nominate? Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards open February 2017.



Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards.


Roma Franko (BA'59, BEd'61, MA'71) Presented for her outstanding leadership in the arts and education.

Award-winning teacher and translator Roma Franko has been an influential member of the Ukraine Community in Saskatchewan for decades. Since its inception, her publishing company—Language Laterns Publications Inc—has published over 20 books of English translations of Ukrainian literature.


Iain MacLean (BA'62,BEd'63) Presented for his outstanding community leadership and commitment to education (Posthumous Award).

Iain MacLean was a lifelong member of the U of S community, serving as both the administrative assistant to the U of S Dean of Arts and Science and University Secretary. He pioneered and established many advisory boards and committees during his time as an employee and continued his philanthropic work into his retirement.


Grit McCreath (BEd'91) Presented for her outstanding volunteerism, philanthropy, and public service.

Grit McCreath has a long history with community service and the University of Saskatchewan. She has served as both a member of the U of S Senate and Board of Governors. In 2011 she received a spot on the College of Education Wall of Honour and most recently has been named the University of Saskatchewan ambassador.


Ross Phillips (MSc'11) Presented in the young alumni category for his commitment to athletics, sports and wellness and environmentalism.

Ross Phillips is one of the founding members of the Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey, an expedition that took over 149 days to complete and spanned from Vancouver to St John’s. The award-winning trip showcased the importance of Canadian freshwater resources to culture, identity and the environment.


Dr. Bruce Reeder (MD'76) Presented for his commitment to the medical profession and his dedication to public service and international aid.

Dr. Bruce Reeder has spent the last three decades committing himself to the field of community health and epidemiology. He was applied his knowledge internationally through work with Doctors Without Borders, including that in Liberia during the Ebola virus disease outbreak.


Noelle Rohatinsky(BSN'02, MN'08, PHD'13) Presented for her commitment to the nursing profession and her dedication to aboriginal Health initiatives.

Noelle Rohatinsky is a leader in the Saskatchewan healthcare community for her work in Aboriginal advancements in health. Her research and mentorship focusing on healthcare provider transitioning has been influential for new Aboriginal nursing graduates transitioning to practice experiences.


Ashley Smith (LLB'07) Presented in the young alumni category for her community leadership, achievement in the Arts, and her contribution to the legal profession.

A jack of all trades, Ashley Smith has found a balance between her love of law and the arts. An active member of the Saskatoon law-community, Ashley sits on several boards. She's a sessional lecturer, a published author and coaches a U of S moots team at the College of Law. She's also passionate about performing in the arts and has performed in theatre and ballet.


Myron Stadnyk (BE'85)Presented for his outstanding community service through philanthropy and his contributions to the energy industry.

Myron Stadnyk was appointed President and CEO of ARC’s Resources in 1997 and has helped the company grow from a $200 million start-up to an eight billion dollar company. ARC’s production has grown to become one of Canada’s top 10 energy producers.


Paul Suchan (BEd'07, BMUSED'07) Presented in the young alumni category for his significant contributions to the arts and music education.

Paul Suchan says the time he spent as a U of S student helped shape his future career as a professional composer. Among his achievements, he has had his music play around the world and co-founded the Strata Festival of New Music which gives young Saskatchewan composers the chance to work on their art.


Dr.John Wedge (MD'69) Presented for his commitment to advancing the medical profession and his dedication to public service.

A leading innovator in complex surgical hip construction, Dr. John Wedge is seen as the international authority on the subject. His expertise is demonstrated by his mentorship, publications and world lectures. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Wedge co-founded SickKids International —a paediatric specialty service for developing countries.


Audrey Zettl (BSN'63) Presented for her outstanding achievement and service in aboriginal initiatives and education.

Audrey Zettl has travelled extensively as a community health nurse, spending the majority of her career in northern Saskatchewan and the Territories where she made a positive impact on the lives of several Aboriginal communities. She co-founded Harvest Community Incorporated which looks to enhance the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.


Honorary Alumni status may be granted to any person who is not otherwise a member of the Alumni Association in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the Association or the university.

The following will receive honorary alumni status at the October Alumni Achievement awards.

ernie Dr. Ernie Barber –Interim provost and vice-president academic, University of Saskatchewan

ellie Ellie Dybvig - Finance and Administration officer, Edwards School of Business

sharonSharon Evans - Executive assistant to the dean, Edwards School of Business

karenKaren Georget - Office administrator, Information, Edwards School of Business

janJan Kalinowski – Donor relations officer, Edwards School of Business

janWendy Wignes – Director of undergraduate programs, Edwards School of Business

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

Note: The above are not categories nor an all-inclusive list. They are only suggestions to consider for nominees.

Here's what a few past recipients say about the awards:

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.

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Past Recipients


Daphne Arnason (BComm’77)
Mark Boots* (BE’08, BSc’08, PhD’13)
Richard (Rich) Burton (BE’68, MSc’71, PhD’75)
Delwyn (Del) Fredlund (BE’62)
Namarta Kochar* (BA’00)
Dr. Ryan Meili* (BSc’00, MD’04)
Jennifer Pereira* (BA’01, LLB’03)
Richard (Dick) Rempel (BA’58)
Al Schreiner (BE’63)
Lynne Van Luven (BA’68)
Janet Verjovsky (BA’64)
Kwok-Keung (Peter) Wong (MSc’75)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 35 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.”


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Leanne Bellegarde (LLB’91)
Merlis Belsher (BComm’57, LLB’63)
Shannon Dyck, (BA’09, MES’12) young alumni recipient
Fred Fulton (BSA’50, PGD’68. MCtgEd’72)
Dr. Donald Greve (BA’58, MD’60)
The Hon. Terry Lake (DVM’86)
Scott McCreath (BComm’69)
Heather Morrison, (BFA’08) young alumni recipient
Mike O’Kane (BE’92, MSc’96)
Sheila Pocha (BEd’86, PGD’97, MEd’00)
Andrew Schmitz (BSA’63, MSc’65, DLitt’99)


Watch highlights of the 2013 awards reception
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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,


Watch videos from the 2012 awards reception
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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