Backgrounder: Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Backgrounder Release Date: December 9, 2013 11:45 a.m.

Mr. Harvey Mazinke

Harvey Mazinke was born in Manitoba and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1959, the same year he married his wife Marian. After living in Winnipeg for several years, Mazinke moved to Regina in 1965 to become a managing partner of Plains Equipment Limited (an agricultural equipment business).

As an avid and competitive curler, Mazinke spent his spare time at the rink. His rink won the provincial men’s curling title and the Macdonald Brier Canadian Men’s Championships in 1973. His rink went on to represent Canada and finished as finalists in the Air Canada Silver Broom World Championships. These accomplishments led to the induction of Mazinke and his team mates in the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Curling Association Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Sports Hall of Fame.

Mazinke was a member of many organizations during his professional career, including the Regina Economic Development Council and Saskatchewan Literacy Council. He also served as the Chairman of the Massey Ferguson National Dealer Council from 1972-76. Mazinke’s passion for curling led him to serve as the President of the Canadian Curling Association in the 1980s, Chairman of Curl Canada in 1987-88 and Chairman of the International Curling Demonstration at the 1988 Olympics. His sound judgment, knowledge and exceptional leadership abilities made him a natural choice to become a member of the University’s Board of Governors in 1984 and be chosen for Board Chair, a role he held from 1989 to 1992.

During his tenure as Board Chair, he oversaw the transition in University leadership from President Lloyd Barber to President Donald Wells. As Chair of the Search Committee, Mazinke provided invaluable guidance and support during the search for a new president.

During this same time, the University of Regina was undergoing a major transformation. The campus was responding to student growth and academic renewal during a time of fiscal restraint. Mazinke emphasized the importance of academic integrity and excellence as the University implemented changes to increase its efficiency and streamline its programming.

Mazinke was also involved in the University’s Vision 20/20 Campaign in 1994. He was a member of the Development Committee that planned the major fundraising campaign to secure the necessary funds for the construction of a new University Center. Elements from this campaign have been used in subsequent fundraising campaigns, including the University’s current campaign Building Knowledge – the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.

Dr. Michael Tymchak

Born in Saskatchewan, Dr. Michael Tymchak received a BA magna cum laude and High Honors in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964 and a Doctor of Philosophy [Ethics] from the University of Manchester in England in 1974.

Dr. Tymchak started his career at the University of Regina in 1969 as an instructor in the Philosophy Department. In 1984, he moved to the Faculty of Education to teach and serve as the Director of the Northern Teacher Education Program [NORTEP]. Several years later, Dr. Tymchak served as the Dean of the Faculty of Education (1992 – 2000) and Acting Dean (2006 – 2008). However, his impact at the University of Regina was not limited to education students. He helped found the University’s first Teaching Development Center in 1996 and served as the Director of the Saskatchewan Instructional development and Research Unit (SIDRU). Dr. Tymchak also served as a research consultant for the Transdisciplinary Project that led to the development of interdisciplinary initiatives at the University of Regina.

Outside the University of Regina, Dr. Tymchak has been involved in a variety of educational endeavors throughout the province for over 35 years. He wrote the Internship and Field Experiences Report for the Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation in 1988, and was the Chair of the Working Group studying the issue of School Councils for the Saskatchewan School Trustees Association in 1997. Dr. Tymchak was the founding Director of the Northern Teacher Education Program [NORTEP] and instrumental in establishing the University’s partnership with Nunavut Arctic College to deliver the Nunavut Teacher Education Program in 2007.

One of Dr. Tymchak’s most notable achievements was his appointment by the Minister of Education in 1999 to chair the Task Force and Public Dialogue on the Role of the School. Following extensive consultations across the province with all the educational partners, Dr. Tymchak produced the Task Force’s final report in 2001 [SchoolPLUS: A Vision for Children and Youth]. This report has helped craft the policy direction of provincial government concerning education and has attracted the interest of departments of education in several other provinces in Canada. The policy is based on the concept of schools as centers of learning, inter-agency support and community for the children and families they serve.

For his outstanding work in the field of education, Dr. Tymchak was awarded a Canada 125 medal in 1992, a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005, and the 2008 Arbos Award from the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation for his support of and contributions to the profession.   


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