Board hosts Regina & Moose Jaw events
A top-level delegation from the U of S took its message to the Regina and Moose Jaw communities this month.
The University’s Board of Governors, chancellor, president, secretary and all four vice-presidents attended community banquets hosted by the Board in Regina Nov. 8 and Moose Jaw Nov. 9.
President Peter MacKinnon says the purpose was to take the University’s message to some of its important communities across the province.
“It very much complements the President’s tour of provincial cities, now in its sixth year,” MacKinnon notes.
“It’s important for as many people as possible to meet members of the Board of Governors,” he adds.
MacKinnon says the message the Board and he delivered to people at the banquets was that “the University is undergoing significant change, that we are determined to be highly successful, and that we will serve Saskatchewan best by being among the best universities.” MacKinnon and Board Chair Gordon Thiessen spoke at each event.
MacKinnon and Vice-President of Finance & Resources Tony Whitworth say the dinners aren’t just for U of S officials to speak to community members – they’re also a chance to get input from alumni and local leaders in each city.
“It’s part of our attempt to engage the whole province,” Whitworth says.
MacKinnon adds there were questions from community members to the Board and himself at each banquet.
Invitees to each dinner included city council members, Chamber of Commerce members, MLAs, MPs, health district officials, school board officials, Aboriginal leaders, and school counsellors and principals. U of S alumni in each city were also invited and made up much of each audience.
About 120 people attended the Regina event, at the Hotel Saskatchewan, and about 100 were at the Moose Jaw event, at the Temple Gardens Spa Hotel.
These were the second and third such community banquets hosted by the Board of Governors. The first one was held last year in Swift Current.
The dinners are held at the same time as the Board is holding a retreat and meeting in the area. It held a retreat in Cypress Hills last year, near Swift Current, and it held a retreat Nov. 8-10 in Regina and Moose Jaw.