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Lawyer, educator named to Saskatchewan Order of Merit 2019

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 1:19 PM | By John Chunn


The Law Society of Saskatchewan would like to congratulate former member Dr. William F. Ready, one of the six recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit 2019.

According to the law society’s press release, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, established in 1985, is a prestigious recognition of excellence, achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province and its residents. The order recognizes individuals who have made their mark in such areas as the arts, agriculture, business and industry, community leadership, the occupations or progressions, public service, research and volunteer service. It takes precedence over all other provincial honours and awards.

As per the government of Saskatchewan’s website: Ready practised law in Regina for nearly 50 years. He has been a Queen’s Counsel since 1967 and in 1990, was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch.

He has been active in a number of organizations in the community, including serving as president of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and as chair of the Regina Citizens’ Advisory of the Salvation Army. As a member of the Regina Board of Education for 11 years, he participated in the introduction of many innovative programs, benefiting students and their parents. In recognition of his contributions to education in Regina, W.F. Ready School was named in his honour in 1984.

As chancellor of the University of Regina, Ready presided over convocation ceremonies, chaired Senate meetings and served as a member of the board of governors. In his two terms as chancellor, he conferred more than 13,500 degrees, diplomas and certificates. He has championed several building initiatives at the university, including the new residences and the revitalization of the College Avenue Campus.

You can see the full list of recipients on the government of Saskatchewan’s website here