Wall of Honour 2012

Willie Desjardins

Willie Desjardins

Willie Desjardins is the 2012 recipient of the award of excellence in the category of Athletics. He earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary. During his time as a student at the U of S, Willie was named the Rusty MacDonald Cup All around Male Athlete and the E. Kent Phillips Trophy Male Athlete of the year, twice.

He has been the Head Coach of the University of Calgary’s Hockey team, Head Coach of the Saskatoon Blades, Assistant Coach for the Canadian national men’s team, and Head Coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers. Currently, he is the Head Coach of the Dallas Stars and has developed the “Dallas Stars Hockey Academy Program”, which is based on excellence in academics, leadership, and hockey. Willie was named the 2006 Hockey Coach of the year, 2009 World Junior Assistant Coach Gold Medal and the 2010 World Junior Head Coach Silver Medal.    Read more

Marguite Gallaway

Marguerite Gallaway

Marguerite Gallaway is the 2012 recipient of the award of excellence in the category Visual Arts & Writing. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina. She was hired as the first Executive Director of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils. She has organized fifty five new Arts Councils, started the Stars for Saskatchewan Concert Series, and Koncerts for Kids; a visual arts touring program and a Showcase for performers. During this time she was also hired by the Touring Office of Canada Council to give workshops on concert organization and promotion.

Marguerite has served on major national boards, including Festival Canada, the Arts Board, ArtSchool Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Council of Cultural Organizations just to name a few.  She has received many honours including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Diamond Jubilee Award and an Honourary Doctorate Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.    Read more.

Susan Lamb

Susan Lamb

Susan Lamb is the 2012 recipient of the award of excellence in the category of Business. She attended university in both Regina and Saskatoon where she received a B.Sc. (1974) and B.Ed. (1978). As the current CEO of Meewasin Valley Authority, she helped developed the Beaver Creek Conservation Area, River Landing, Riverworks weir, the Meewasin Valley Centre and a new skating facility and was part of the executive group that developed the Wanuskewin Heritage Park. She was president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon for six years and serves as managing partner for the Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin and river stewardship group.

Susan has been a member of numerous community boards and groups, and is currently chair of the VIDO/Intervac community liaison committee. Susan was named YWCA Woman of Distinction in 1995 for her business and community work and received a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006.    Read more.

Frank Roy

Frank Roy

Frank Roy is the 2012 recipient of the award of excellence in the category of Education. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws Degree.
He was a member and chair of the Saskatchewan English Teachers Association Investigation Committee, which produced a new high school English curriculum for the province of Saskatchewan. He has written an internationally acclaimed book, Birds of the Elbow, and led more than 100 natural history tours in Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Frank has served on Nature Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Frank was the first recipient of the Joseph Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in the teaching of English. He has received the St. Thomas More Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Meewasin Valley Conservation Award, the Saskatchewan Natural History Conservation Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Merit.    Read more.

Delbert Wapass

Delbert Wapass

Delbert Wapass is the 2012 recipient of the award of excellence in the category of Culture, Heritage & Spirituality. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina, Bachelor of Education degree and Masters  of education at the University of Saskatchewan. Delbert is an accomplished pow wow dancer and singer, and has danced throughout North America as both a competitor and assisting as a head staff member for many prestigious pow wow/cultural celebrations.

Delbert has taken on leadership roles including 2 terms as elected chief of Thunderchild Cree Nation, and as an executive member elected for two terms within the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Delbert has also worked as a teacher, school administrator, researcher and analyst for different First Nations, and a governance negotiator within the Assembly of First Nations.    Read more.

If you wish to nominate an alumnae/us to be recognized on the Wall, please email the name of the individual, along with a short biography by May 15, to education.advancement@usask.ca.