Gordon and Jill Rawlinson to receive University of Regina’s Highest Honour

Media Advisory Release Date: June 6, 2019 3:00 p.m.

On June 7, the final day of the University of Regina’s 2019 Spring Convocation, Gordon and Jill Rawlinson will be presented with Honorary Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) the highest honour the University can grant.

The doctorates were awarded in recognition of the Rawlinson’s generous philanthropy and commitment to giving back to the province and people of Saskatchewan.

“We are honoured to be receiving this recognition from the University of Regina,” said Jill Rawlinson, chair of the Lily Street Foundation (the Rawlinson family charitable foundation) that is the primary vehicle for their philanthropy.

“Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan made me realize and appreciate the importance of a strong family and a strong community,” said Jill Rawlinson. “There’s a huge interdependence, supporting one another is just what you do.”

In 1969 Gordon Rawlinson took over managing Rawlco Radio, the company started by his father E. A. Rawlinson in 1946. Gordon became the owner and CEO in 1974 and has expanded the company to include radio stations in Regina, Saskatoon and Calgary.

“My father used to say, ‘The better you serve the community, the better your business will do,’” Gordon recalls. “I have taken this advice to heart and believe it is the foundation of our success.”

Health care, the arts, education and Indigenous entrepreneurs are just some of the many beneficiaries of the Rawlinson’s philanthropy in Saskatchewan.

Gordon, a Member of the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan.


Note to media: Gordon Rawlinson will be available for interviews at 1:00 p.m. prior to the start of convocation ceremonies at the Conexus Arts Centre.


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