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Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service

Posted: September 27, 2016 6:00 a.m.

“Those mentors, particularly Dr. Paul Antrobus, helped me make the decisions which shaped the direction of my future career and life.” - Dr. David Millar received his Bachelor of Science in 1981.
“Those mentors, particularly Dr. Paul Antrobus, helped me make the decisions which shaped the direction of my future career and life.” - Dr. David Millar received his Bachelor of Science in 1981. U of R Photography

Even a partial list of Dr. David Millar’s volunteer activities illustrates the enormous number of people he has touched in the arts, sports, culture and healthcare.

Among the roles he has served include: Board member and president of the Mental Health Association of Saskatchewan, member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Board member of the Chiropractor’s Association of Saskatchewan, member of the University of Regina Senate, chair of the Regina Seniors Symphony program for 34 years, volunteer with the Regina Globe Theatre Society, president of the Saskatchewan Rowing Association and Board member of SaskSport.

“I have often told my wife, Anne, that we have been privileged to lead a charmed life – so full and rich and influenced by the many wonderful people I have met and worked with over my years in the volunteer sector.”

Working with SaskCulture, he helped create the Creative Kids program, which since 2010 has helped 4,500 children participate in creative activities and classes their families could not otherwise afford.

For his achievements Millar has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and has received the Red Cross Humanitarian Award and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

“A few years ago I came across an anonymous quote in a book which I thought was really appropriate to the opportunities I have been afforded in the volunteer sector, which I am paraphrasing: Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments which take our breath away. The many people I have been privileged to work with have blessed me with so many of these special moments.”

Millar received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Regina after attending Chiropractic College in Toronto and working for a few years as a chiropractor. He has fond memories of professors who were his mentors, some of whom later became his friends.

“Those mentors, particularly Dr. Paul Antrobus, helped me make the decisions which shaped the direction of my future career and life,” states Millar. “The University of Regina also provided two of my three children with the opportunity to attend university while living at home, giving them opportunities that would never have come their way without the presence of the University in our community.”

Millar is quick to recommend to everyone to give back to their communities. Paying it forward, he reminds us, is more satisfaction than sacrifice.  

“A few years ago a young couple from Saskatoon came up to me at a wedding and said they would like to get involved in some sort of volunteer activities in their community and had heard that I had a little experience in that area,” Millar recalls. “We had a great chat and I was able to direct them to a charity rather close to my heart. They asked me something along the lines of why I did this and what was it that I got out of being a volunteer. I told them that it provided me with an opportunity to meet many interesting people and experience a fuller and richer life than I would otherwise experience – to have more of those moments which take your breath away.”

When Millar is asked what the Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service means to him, he defers the credit from himself to, “… the selfless, unrecognized contributions made by an army of volunteers, friends, associates and particularly my family. I share this award with so many people, particularly with my children, who were probably happy that I wasn’t around too much to bother them, and most importantly, my wife Anne, who gave me the freedom to pursue my activities and interests.”

The 2016 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards celebration is Thursday, October 6 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Come and support your Alumni. Please visit here for ticket and event information.