|Honorary Degree recipient, John Francis (Frank) Roy, 2005 (University Secretary scans)|
Convocation date: May 26, 2005
Discipline / contribution: education ; conservation; international service
Citation / biographical information:
John Francis (Frank) Roy was born on a farm near Tullis, Saskatchewan, and his early schooling was in a one-room rural school. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1948), B.Ed. (1953), and an M.A (1968) from the University of SaskatchewanDegree received: Doctor of Science
Mr. Roy contributed to the lives of more than 4,500 students during 35 years as a high school teacher, and his service to the teaching profession has been extensive and sustained. He contributed significantly to changes in the English curriculum, having chaired a two-year study on the state of English studies in Saskatchewan, culminating in the report “Freedom with Responsibility” in 1968. He was subsequently directly involved in working to implement the recommended improvements, including development of a new High School English curriculum. Mr. Roy also served the international community, teaching at Lahr, Germany and Gambia, West Africa.
Recognized as a master teacher and leader in his profession, Mr. Roy was a lecturer in English teaching methods at the University of Saskatchewan and frequent guest lecturer on this topic. In addition to his varied contributions to improving student performance in English, he was an active promoter of Outdoor Education, developing and delivering the naturalist component of the Outdoor Education program for 25 years. He was a member of the provincial Rhodes Scholarship Committee from 1987 to 1992 and served as Western Canadian representative in 1989 and 1992.
A committed environmentalist and conservationist, Mr. Roy contributed to drafting provincial and national policies on ecology, and his work has helped shape public opinion. He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society, now Nature Saskatchewan, from its inception, serving on the executive and as president. Mr. Roy also became a founding member of the Saskatoon Natural History Society, now the Saskatoon Nature Society, serving this organization in several capacities, including president.
In 1996, Mr. Roy published Birds of the Elbow, recognized as one of the most comprehensive regional bird guides published in Canada. A companion work, The Birds of Saskatoon, to which Mr. Roy was a major contributor, was published in 2002. He is a keen advocate of ecotourism and served on the Ecotourism Task Force for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Roy was awarded the first Joe Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in the teaching of English (1983); the Meewasin Valley Conservation Award for Leadership in conservation and environmental education (1992); the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Thomas More College (1992); and the Queen Elizabeth 50th Anniversary Medal in 2002. He is also a Fellow of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society.
Mr. Roy’s work in education, natural history, writing, ecumenism and community service are extensive and exemplary and have contributed much to enriching our province and nation.
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