University of Regina honours Ralph Goodale with President's Community Award

News Release Release Date: January 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The University of Regina has presented its fourth annual President’s Community Award to long-time Member of Parliament Ralph Goodale.

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons says this is a fitting way to recognize Mr. Goodale for his ongoing support not just of the University of Regina, but also the province of Saskatchewan as a whole.

“On behalf of the University of Regina, I am honoured to recognize Mr. Goodale for his 40-year career of public service – a career in which he has had a tremendous impact on the life of our province,” says Timmons.  “He has dedicated his working life to Saskatchewan residents and to those outside our provincial borders, and in doing so, has truly embraced and embodied the University of Regina’s motto – ‘As One Who Serves.’”

Goodale is the M.P. for the Regina-area constituency of Wascana, which includes the University of Regina. Goodale is Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Raised on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Goodale earned a BA from the University of Regina when it was the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan, and he later earned a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

He was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1974 at the age of 24. He later served as leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party, and returned to the House of Commons in 1993, where he held a number of cabinet positions, including finance.

“This is an honour for me,” says Goodale. “As a former student at the University of Regina, the institution has been an important part of my life. Over the years, I have proudly seen the University of Regina grow and expand.” 

The University of Regina President’s Community Award was created in 2010 in keeping with the University’s commitment to serve the provincial community and to recognize those who have a strong history of working to better the lives of others in Saskatchewan. It honours individuals or organizations whose values, history of service to Saskatchewan and concern for our communities have made a lasting impact on the province.

Previous recipients are Mr. Pat Fiacco, CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan and former Mayor of Regina; former Prince Albert Mayor Jim Scarrow; and the RCMP “Depot” Division.