Outstanding Citizens Honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

April 24, 2017

National Volunteer Week Runs from April 23 to 29

Today Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal to 10 outstanding citizens from across the province.  The ceremony, which took place in Regina, acknowledged the tremendous impact the volunteers have made on their communities.

“During her 2002 visit to Canada, our Queen reflected on the uncommon service of our citizens, commenting that ‘it means something to be a Canadian,’” Solomon Schofield said.  “Those we celebrate today have made service a way of life.  I thank them, most sincerely, for their remarkable contributions.  Truly, they are what makes Canada great.”


The 2016 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recipients are:

  • Colin Bachynski, Business Consultant, Regina
  • Shelley Fraser, Adult-English as a Second Language Instructor, Debden
  • Lori Glauser, Business Owner, Yorkton
  • Eva and Harry Martens, Retired Dairy Farmers, Osler
  • Faeeza Moolla, Community Builder, Regina
  • Reggie Newkirk, Consultant, Lumsden
  • Janis Olesko, Retired Educator, Prince Albert
  • Mary Wright, Retired, Denare Beach
  • Peter Zakreski, C.M., Retired Senior Vice-President, Federated Cooperatives Ltd., Saskatoon
“The 2016 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recipients embody kindness, service and generosity,” Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson said.  “Our province – and indeed all those who live here – are blessed by their efforts.”

Instituted in 1995, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recognizes volunteers who demonstrate exceptional community involvement.  Including today’s recipients, a total of 194 people have received this medal.

Our province has a long and proud history of volunteerism with more than 8,000 community-based organizations active in the province today.  The spirit of helping one’s neighbour, which helped build this province, continues to shine during the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.  In four Statistics Canada surveys between 2004 and 2013, Saskatchewan led the country in volunteerism.

For more information about the Saskatchewan Honours and Awards Program and to nominate an outstanding Saskatchewan citizen, visit


For more information, contact:

Dauna Ditson
Intergovernmental Affairs
Phone: 306-787-7151

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