News Release - May 18, 1999
THREE TO RECEIVE SASKATCHEWAN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Premier Roy Romanow and Provincial Secretary Berny Wiens today
announced the 1998 recipients of the Saskatchewan Distinguished
Service Award. The award recognizes exceptional service rendered to
the Province of Saskatchewan and its residents by people in other
countries or in other Canadian provinces and territories.
"When we established the award in 1997, we wanted it to reflect
Saskatchewan's growing contacts both nationally and around the globe,"
Romanow said. "Saskatchewan has a vital interest in its links with
the rest of Canada and with countries around the world and we rely on
international trade for our economic well-being."
"The Distinguished Service Award gives us an opportunity to recognize
partners elsewhere in Canada or around the globe," Wiens said. "The
award complements the two provincial honours, the Saskatchewan Order
of Merit and the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, which are open only to
present and former long-time residents of the province. The
recipients just announced are excellent examples of such partners in
finance, research and culture."
The three recipients of the award are:
John Cook, of Toronto, recently retired Vice-President of RBC
DS Global Markets, who has a long history of helping
Saskatchewan with its access to domestic and foreign bond
Buffy Sainte-Marie, internationally-acclaimed singer and
song-writer, originally from Saskatchewan, who has
maintained close links with her roots. In her visits to
Saskatchewan she promotes Aboriginal culture, education
Ian Wahn, of Toronto, born and raised in Saskatchewan,
retired lawyer, former federal M.P.and Cabinet Minister.
In memory of his parents he donated $500,000 to launch the
Technology in Action Fund of the Saskatchewan Research
Plans for individual presentation events for the three recipients
will be announced at a later date.
The first recipients of the award, in 1997, were U.S. transport
consultant Robert Banks, Canadian broadcaster Peter Gzowski, and
Japanese businessman Moto Motohashi.
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For more information, contact:
Chief of Protocol
Phone: (306) 787-3001