To say that John Hewson has made significant contributions to Australian public life is an understatement. Hewson has experienced success in economics, politics, government, business, academics and finance. He is a proud member of the Order of Australia.
What does this have to do with the University of Regina? In 1969 Hewson completed his master of arts degree in economics from the University of Saskatchewan-Regina campus, and he is being recognized with a University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award.
Hewson and four others will be honoured at the fifth annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards gala on November 20. The awards were established in 2005 to recognize U of R alumni for their achievements and their contributions to the University and their community.
Hewson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contributions spanning what he calls "my multiple careers." He credits his experience at the U of R as foundational to his life beyond his discipline of economics.
"Perhaps it stems from my basic religious foundations, but I do believe that an important purpose of life is to live a life of purpose, and I came to understand and practise that at the University of Regina."
Among the other recipients joining Hewson will be the Honourable Georgina Jackson, who received her bachelor of arts degree from Campion College along the way to a distinguished career as one of Canada's top jurists. She was admitted to the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association in 1977, and since 1991 has served as justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. Jackson will receive the Award for Professional Achievement.
Laura Pettigrew, a pillar in Regina's music community, will receive the Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service Award. Pettigrew, who has both bachelor and master's degrees in music from the U of R, is a passionate promoter of the fine arts who spends countless hours teaching music and raising money to enable opportunities for underprivileged children to participate. She also donates significant time and effort to the Carmichael Outreach organization.
Honoree Don Millard finds it "a wee bit overwhelming for a person of humble Scottish-Canadian origins" to receive the Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service. A quick scan of Millard's pivotal role over 15 years as the University of Regina liaison for the provincial government shows his worthiness.
Millard, who received his bachelor of arts degree in 1974, was an early visionary in the development of the U of R's Liberal Arts Co-operative Education Program, which created paid opportunities for students to stay in the province and cultivate their skills. He worked to bridge the gap between the U of R and SIAST regarding credit transfers, and promoted the internationalization of Saskatchewan's post-secondary system.
Corey Matthews received his bachelor of education degree in 2003. In the few years since he graduated Matthews has used his passion for sports and his pride in his Métis heritage to teach and to reach out to inner city youth. Matthews has received a string of prestigious awards for his teaching and volunteer work. Fittingly, he will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the U of R Alumni Association.
The U of R Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards will be held November 20 at the Hotel Saskatchewan. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., with presentations starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets go to http://www.uregina.ca/alumni/e-acaag.htm
L to R: Honourable Georgina R. Jackson, Laura Pettigrew, Donald Millard, Corey Matthews