University of Saskatchewan 1999 Alumni Awards

1999 Alumni Award of Achievement

Mr. Gordon A. Wilson was born in Limerick, SK and attended his collegiate years in Regina. Gordon started working for John Deere in 1938, which was interrupted to serve in World War II with the RCAF from 1940-45 as a Spitfire Pilot with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. After the war Mr. Wilson entered the University of Saskatchewan and continued working for John Deere during his school breaks until receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1948. Post-graduate employment continued with John Deere in positions as Territory Manager and Dealer/Owner where Gordon and his family spent memorable years living in Regina, Weyburn, and Indian Head, SK.

In 1964 Gordon and family returned to Saskatoon where he accepted the position of Executive Director of the 4 branches of the Western Development Museum (WDM). Gordon displayed great leadership qualities in the tremendous expansion of the WDM as demonstrated with his imagination, courage and initiative in the growth of many noted projects. He was instrumental in establishing a Pioneer Village at North Battleford, realization of a new museum building with an ethnic theme in Yorkton, a new Transportation Museum in Moose Jaw, as well as a new location and building in Saskatoon housing today's WDM Boomtown.

Within the Saskatoon WDM Gordon was a founder and key builder of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. He worked tirelessly in seeking out worthy candidates for the Hall and finding funding to keep the institution operating. Today, well over 150 farmers, leaders in agri-business, agricultural scientists, home economists, and youth leaders have been honored by the Agriculture Hall of Fame that Gordon supported so diligently over the 25 years he was secretary.

Throughout his career and personal special interests Gordon has given many years of service to his country, community and the University. In 1975-76 Gordon served as President of the U of S Alumni Association, and later served for a ten-year period on the Place Riel Committee as a Member and Vice-Chair working on the development and construction of Place Riel. In 1990 Gordon again offered his leadership services to the University by contributing his time and effort to fundraise for the New College of Agriculture Building which he truly considered to be a worthwhile cause in the advancement of modern research and teaching facilities for the university.

No organization, group or good cause is too big or too small to receive Gordon's support and assistance. His compassion for hard work on behalf of any worthwhile community project or group has enriched the lives of many through his involvement with the Kiwanis Club, the Salvation Army, the Psoriasis Association, and the Canadian Fighter Pilots' Association.

Nominated by Ms. Lorraine (Lori) K. Isinger, BEd'70 with supporting documentation from numerous alumni, colleagues and friends, the U of S Alumni Association is proud to bestow the prestigious honor of the 1999 Alumni Award of Achievement to Mr. Gordon Allan Wilson in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession, community and the University of Saskatchewan.

1999 Alumni Honour Award

Ruth Smillie

Completed one year BFA 1974

Criteria: In recognition for receiving notable acclaim in the calendar year preceding the award, for professional achievements, which in turn has enhanced the image of the University of Saskatchewan and its alumni.

The recognition and respect that Ruth Smillie has received as a director, playwright and actor are due to her consistent commitment and dedication to the arts and entertainment profession. Presently the Artistic Director at Globe Theatre in Regina, Ruth's previous endeavours with Youtheatre led her to develop and teach The Story Circles Program that is now being taught in schools across Canada.

Nominated by Mr. Steven Thair, BA'73, LLB'92

1999 Alumni Mentorship Award

Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation

Criteria: In recognition of a business, organization/association or individual that has made a significant and on-going contribution to the education and development of students.

Members of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation make an invaluable contribution to the professional development of students in the College of Education through their ongoing support of Student Teaching and Extended Practicum. Saskatchewan's classroom teachers generously share their resources and experience to enrich the learning of student teachers and interns. STF represents the teachers in Saskatchewan, with many being U of S Alumni.

Nominated by the Vivian Hajnal, MBA'76, PhD'91, Assoc. Dean, College of Education, U of S.

1999 Alumni Humanitarian Award

Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48

Criteria: In recognition of distinguished community/volunteer service at home or abroad that has made a difference to the wellbeing of others.

No organization, group or good cause is too big or too small to receive Gordon's support and assistance. Volunteerism is not only a requirement, but Gordon's way of life. His compassion for hard work on behalf of any worthwhile community project or group has enriched the lives of many.

Nominated by Mr. Donald P. Ravis, BA'69

1999 Alumni Service Award

Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48

Criteria: In recognition of outstanding leadership and volunteer service to the University of Saskatchewan.

Gordon Wilson's tremendous contributions to the University of Saskatchewan, its alumni, and to the local and agriculture community have been of the highest order, both in terms of his involvement, effectiveness and dedicated volunteer service.

Past President of the Alumni Association, former Member and Vice Chair of the Place Riel Committee, fundraising for the College of Agriculture Building, and Board Member of the University Senate captures Gordon's spirit of commitment to the U of S.

Nominated by Mr. Donald P. Ravis, BA'69