Each year, Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s Board of Directors recognizes individuals from across the province who have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding service in the municipal field.
The Board accepts nominations from communities and councils throughout the province. The individuals nominated are considered the most deserving of recognition for their outstanding service to their communities.
Municipalities of Saskatchewan was proud to honour these individuals at the 2021 Virtual Convention and Tradeshow for their outstanding contributions to the development and prosperity of our communities and urban governments in Saskatchewan.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Meritorious service awards are granted to municipal staff members with 20 or more years of service. It recognizes their career success, dedication, and involvement in their local communities.
HONORARY SERVICE AWARD
Honorary service awards are granted to elected officials throughout the province with 20 or more years of service. It recognizes their long‑term dedication to, and involvement in, their local communities.
SCOOP LEWRY AWARD
The Scoop Lewry Award was donated by L.H. “Scoop” Lewry, long-time Mayor of Moose Jaw and SUMA President in 1956-57. This award, first presented in 1975, is dedicated to his memory. Scoop dedicated his career to improving his community with a kind and humanitarian spirit.
It is presented to an elected official, administrator, Municipalities of Saskatchewan official, personnel in the Ministry of Government Relations, or personnel in First Nations and Métis Relations who has demonstrated a higher standard for public engagement and outstanding contribution to the field of municipal politics through outstanding service in the local, provincial, and federal context, volunteer work and improvement in their communities, and serving on numerous boards and committees.
The move into politics was a natural one; an extension on the community involvement that Malcolm knew so well from both his employment as a teacher and then principal and being involved in the activities of his children, from coaching to Girl Guides to spending time on the library board. Once he entered the realm of politics, Malcom carried his sense of dedication and commitment to the community to his new roles. He and his council maintained a vision of forward growth and progression for the City, while ensuring as much community feedback and involvement as possible.
During his time as mayor, Malcolm guided the city through a period of significant growth and development. The Humboldt region is one of Saskatchewan’s economic hot spots with a strong agricultural sector along with a significant manufacturing and mining industry presence. Humboldt is the regional service centre. The city undertook a range of planning for growth activities in anticipation of increased population and expanding business interests. These activities included establishing both short term and long term land development planning, strategic planning, financial planning and regional planning initiatives.
Plenty of big things happened during his political career, but some of the projects Malcolm is most proud of helping to move forward were the creation of a new hospital and the building of a new high school and community college, connected to the City’s recreational facilities. The location of the new build led to shared use agreements that saw a great number of positive developments for both. Many upgrades were done to those facilities as well, in particular to Elgar Peterson Arena, to ensure that the recreational facilities will continue to serve the City well for another 25-30 years. Adding a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair accessible washrooms to that building made it even more accessible.
Malcolm was also very supportive of the development of the city’s art gallery, which won a Municipal Award, and proudly cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the Our Humboldt Mosaic. He was very proud of the “Our Humboldt” growth plan.
Malcolm is a firm believer in teamwork and the importance of working together for the common good, values he brought to his time on both the Municipalities of Saskatchewan, then known as SUMA, and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) boards. During his time on the Municipalities of Saskatchewan Board, Malcolm served as both the chair of the City Mayor’s Caucus (CMC) and Vice President of Cities.
Malcolm was the CMC chair during the time period when SUMA’s advocating led to the government introducing the Revenue Sharing Program, which continues to benefit Saskatchewan’s municipalities today. He was also involved in the creation of the advocacy fund, which took a portion of membership funds and funneled it directly into important advocacy work, moving Saskatchewan’s hometown’s ahead with additional research and projects.
Also on a provincial level, Malcolm was a founding member of the Prairie Innovation Enterprise Region and served as chairman of PIER in its early formation. When the Enterprise Region system ended, the city of Humboldt was pleased to join the newly formed Mid Sask Municipal Alliance (MSMA), a regional municipal planning and economic development partnership. Malcolm served as the city of Humboldt representative on the board for four years.
Malcolm continues to serve the community in volunteer roles and was honoured to receive the 2017 Humboldt Citizen of the Year award at the Humboldt and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence event.
In spite of an impressive number of accolades and accomplishments, Malcolm stresses that he was simply lucky to be part of a group of people who were able to come together to make big things happen. As is our theme for Convention this year – Malcolm says, and is correct, that are stronger together.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD
The Life Membership Award is granted by the Municpalities of Saskatchewan Board of Directors and recognizes an indivdiaul whose career exemplifies commitment and dedication to the community and significant contributions to urban government in Saskatchewan through the Municpalities of Saskatchewan.
As mayor, Al saw the community of Eston grow. One of his proudest projects on council was an upgrade of the water treatment plant in partnership with the Town of Kindersley. He is also proud of the community’s recreation facilities. Which makes sense since Al worked as a Sports and Recreation Consultant with the provincial government and was involved in the Saskatchewan Games, Winter Games, and Western Canada Games
Al was instrumental in initiating the Eston River Trek, a 40 mile walk to raise money for the community’s recreation complex. Over 15 years, the Trek raised more than $230,000. In Eston, if there was a fundraiser, Al was more than likely involved. And we’re not talking your typical fundraisers. To raise money for a new electrolyte machine for the health centre, Al came up with the idea for The Real Men of Eston Calendar. We couldn’t find the calendar, but somewhere out there is a picture of Al riding an antique snowmobile in only his snow boots and wristwatch.
Whether it’s wearing only snow boots and a wristwatch for a fundraiser or wearing pink to bring awareness to anti-bullying, Al has always worked in the best interest of his community. In 2013, Eston became one of the first municipalities to pass an antibullying bylaw. The bylaw has been adapted in other municipalities, and it was recognized with a Saskatchewan Municipal Award.
Al saw the Municipalities of Saskatchewan Board, SUMA at the time, as another opportunity to help his community and the surrounding area as it gave him a direct connection with provincial decision makers. During his time on the Board Al saw the creation of SUMAssure. Launched in 2009, the program was designed to shield subscribers from large rate increases.
Al also represented Municipalities of Saskatchewan on the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency.
For Al, one of the most important aspects of being on the Board is the long-term friendships it fostered. When Eston experienced a storm that severely damaged the community, causing thousands in damage, Al received calls from Board members offering help.
While Al has retired from municipal politics, I know he will continue to make Eston an even better place to call home