News Release - November 21, 2001
SASKATCHEWAN ORDER OF MERIT
The contributions of seven outstanding Saskatchewan citizens have been
recognized at an investiture of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
The Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province's top honour, recognizes
outstanding contributions to the greater Saskatchewan community.
Lieutenant Governor Lynda Haverstock presided over the ceremony.
The recipients are: Neil Jahnke, a Gouldtown district rancher; Dr. Lalita
Malhotra, a Prince Albert family physician; Peggy McKercher, a Saskatoon
community leader; Ken Mitchell, a Regina writer and professor; Geoffrey
Pawson, President of Ranch Ehrlo Society of Regina; Jacqui Shumiatcher,
Regina arts patron; and Ernie Walker, a Saskatoon anthropology professor.
"It is my great privilege to invest this year's recipients with the
Saskatchewan Order of Merit," Haverstock said. "Each has contributed to
the well-being and enrichment of our society. Each underlines the rich
breadth of achievement that makes Saskatchewan an enviable place to live."
Nominations for the Saskatchewan Order of Merit come from the public. The
Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council reviews all nominations and
recommends recipients each year for investiture.
Since its inception in 1985, there have been 103 members of the Order
including His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who received the first
honourary membership in the Saskatchewan Order of Merit this spring, and
Lieutenant Governor Haverstock who is an ex-officio member.
For more information contact:
Phone: (306) 787-3109
PLEASE NOTE: Biographies and telephone numbers of recipients are attached.
All recipients are willing to be interviewed.