News Release - July 5, 2006
KOWALSKY ANNOUNCES DECISION
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and long-serving Prince Albert–Carlton MLA Myron Kowalsky has announced he will not seek another term whenever a general election is called. He will continue to serve throughout this term.
Premier Lorne Calvert honoured Kowalsky's contribution noting numerous remarkable achievements over his 20-year political career, first elected in 1986.
"Myron's many and varied interests, his passion for convening discussion, his capacity for making progress and his unwavering dedication and commitment have served his constituency and this province so well," Calvert said.
"His legacy is impressive, whether it be in the Chair as Speaker of the House since 2001, Government Whip, or his countless contributions to international endeavors for democracy," Calvert noted. "He has led various committees including the Special Committee on Tobacco Control and the House Services Committee and Board of Internal Economy to mention only a few."
Kowalsky said he is proud to have had the privilege of representing the people of Prince Albert-Carlton during a time of great progress and looks forward to the challenges which lie ahead.
"It is a true honour to be working with talented and industrious MLAs committed to good public policy," Kowalsky said. "Their excellent leadership is keeping Saskatchewan on the road to success. It is a true honour to be supported in my work by staff who display loyalty and competence on a daily basis in both Prince Albert and in the Legislature. I enjoy the solid support of my wonderful family, my steadfast constituency executive and many, many caring constituents."
As President of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Speaker Kowalsky served on the international executive committee of the CPA. He serves as co-chair of the Midwest-Canada Relations Committee of the Council of State Governments' Midwestern Legislative Conference. In 2005 he chaired the host committee for the 60th annual meeting of the Midwest Legislative Conference held in Regina.
Prior to joining the Legislative Assembly, Kowalsky, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A., B.Ed. and a Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies, worked for more than twenty years as a teacher, active in the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation both locally and provincially.
Throughout his years, he has been an advocate for the fine arts, with a special interest in drama and dance. He and his wife, Olesia have two daughters and two grandchildren.
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