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Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards


The Hon. Rev. Dr. Lorne Calvert BA '73

Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s fitting that Lorne should receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement award – after all, he’s devoted a lifetime to the service of others. Service is a huge part of his ethic – service to the province, Church, higher education, and, vulnerable people whose voices are seldom heard. Lorne was born and raised in Moose Jaw and educated at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. In 1976 he became an ordained Minister of the United Church of Canada. He began his multi-faceted career as a minister in pastoral charges in central and southern Saskatchewan and in Moose Jaw. It was while in Moose Jaw that he decided to run for elected office, first becoming a member of the Saskatchewan legislature, and ultimately as leader of the New Democratic Party and Premier of the province. While in office, he also served as leader of the opposition and in several cabinet posts.

A career change came in 2009, when Lorne became the Principal of St. Andrew's College, a theological training centre of the United Church. Wherever he has lived, he has contributed to the quality of life in his community, whether as a youth group leader, champion of facilities for youth such as summer camps, or as an advocate of multi-faith and ecumenical dialogue. He has been an advocate of equality and justice in the community through programs such as the Saskatoon Inner City Ministry's 10 X 10 Art project and the International Day to Eliminate Poverty's Hands Across the Bridge. He is a member of Rotary International and has been involved in many fundraising activities, notably with Tom Jackson's Holiday Train tours in support of the Food Bank, Saskatoon's Meewasin Valley and Moose Jaw's Wakamow Valley.

In retirement, Lorne continues to give back to the community through his ethic of servant leadership. Whenever he is called upon to serve, he does so cheerfully and accomplishes what he has been asked to do, and then some, in his own engaging way.

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