University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association: Alumni Award Winners 2010 - 2011

Alumni Award of Achievement

Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Olfert

Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Olfert (BA’65, DVM’69, MSc’76) has made outstanding contributions
to experimental animal care standards during his 40-year career. He was the lead editor of the Guide for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals, a book that remains a key source around the world for the humane care of animals used in science. As a pioneer of laboratory animal medicine in Canada, he received the Canadian Council on Animal Care Outstanding Service Award in 2006 and was named the 2005 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the year.

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Garth Herbert

Garth Herbert (Bcomm’91) has been actively involved with the Canadian Diabetes Association for more than 20 years, being named chair of the national board in 2006. As a chartered accountant, Garth has been involved in various professional organizations including the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan—currently serving as chair. Garth also serves as finance committee chair at his church in Regina and is actively involved with the Knights of Columbus.


Alumni Service Award

Laurel Krause

Laurel Krause (BSHEc ’75, Bed’77) served two consecutive terms as U of S Senator for District 3, where she chairs the Regional Advisory Council. Laurel was appointed to the initial President’s Round Table on Outreach and Engagement and has lobbied for facilities improvements for disabled students on campus. She not only encourages enrolment at the U of S, she has helped her former students navigate through their first year, delivered care packages and sewn togas for the traditional running of the togas at Homecoming.

Alumni Excellence in Aboriginal Initiatives Award

Cecil King

Cecil King (BEd’73, MEd’75), an Odawa from Wikwemikong, spent 50 years as a teacher, professor, researcher and consultant. Cecil founded the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and served as head of the Indian and Northern Education Program at the U of S. His love of the Ojibwe language is illustrated by his development of language programs throughout North America and an 8,000-word Ojibwe dictionary. Cecil was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2009.


Alumni Mentorship Award

Dr. William (Bill) Frischke

Dr. William (Bill) Frischke (DVM’76) joined a mixed veterinary practice in Ponoka, AB—where he still practices full-time—after graduating. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Dr. Frischke never hesitated to make himself available to help younger veterinarians, even if that meant a 3 a.m. house call. Many regard him as patient, understanding, and kind with an enthusiasm and upbeat approach to his life’s work, helping others aspire for the same.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Kelly-Anne Riess

Kelly-Anne Riess (BA’02) is the best-selling author of Saskatchewan Book of Everything. She has written and produced documentaries and short films that have aired world-wide and been featured at film festivals. Kelly-Anne serves on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Filmpool and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. She also enjoys leading workshops and is the founder of A Night of Poetry and Film in Regina..


For more information in the awards and recipients, visit www.usask.ca/alumni/awards