Each year the Government of Saskatchewan recognizes outstanding citizens with the Order of Merit. The province aims to recognize any individuals who have helped make Saskatchewan a better place to live.
Jason Quilliam is the Chief of Protocol for the Order, and he is excited for the next batch of recipients.
“The Saskatchewan Order of Merit is the highest honour that the province of Saskatchewan can bestow on one of its citizens. It’s been around since 1985, so we’re celebrating just over 30 years,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for the province to honour our citizens, and honour them for all the great work they've done.”
Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced on August 13th the province will be accepting nominations for the award. Any and all citizens are eligible for nomination.
Quilliam explains there is no exact criteria for someone to be recognized.
“Previous recipients have come from diverse backgrounds. They’ve made contributions to the arts, business and industry, to agriculture and volunteer service,” he noted. “Really what we’re doing here is recognizing excellence and achievements and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province.”
Last years’ recipients included National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Gail Bowen, Dr, Robert Calder, Maurice Delage, Thelma Pepper, and Neil Richards.
Nominations will be closed to the public on November 1st. The 2019 recipients will be honoured with a lavish ceremony in the spring.
“We do a ceremony, it’s in Regina where it's presided over by the Lieutenant Governor. Usually in the late springtime, late May or early June,” Quilliam said.
For more information on the award or to nominate someone you believe is worthy, head to the link provided HERE.