Each year we bring together a group of people from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our ten-month leadership program offers a dynamic and challenging opportunity to learn more about oneself and about leadership in the context of Saskatoon’s vibrant and diverse community.
Don Ravis was the first Board Chair of Leadership Saskatoon. He and others from the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatoon Community Foundation and the University of Saskatchewan created a leadership program that has had over 400 graduates since 2001. The Don Ravis – Leadership Saskatoon Alumni Award is awarded to a member of the alumni who has evolved as a community leader while embracing Leadership Saskatoon’s values and knowledge and consistently applied them within their career.
On Monday, June 5, Leadership Saskatoon presented the inaugural Don Ravis – Leadership Saskatoon Alumni Award to Jason Aebig. Leadership Saskatoon is formally celebrating one of its alumni who has embraced the concept of community leadership and has practiced it since he graduated from Leadership Saskatoon’s first class in 2001. Jason’s vast and continued community involvement speaks volumes about his character and commitment to community leadership which aligns with the deep values of Leadership Saskatoon making him a very deserving winner.
In presenting the award, Giselle Howard, Board Chairperson said “excellence in community leadership is something worth celebrating and the contributions of our alumni to this community have helped make Saskatoon one of the best places to live and work”.
This year 32 participants from the private, public and not for profit sectors graduated from Leadership Saskatoon. Howard states: “participants from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and organizations participate in Leadership Saskatoon. We like to think that our program inspires its participants to embrace the importance of community leadership and to apply the principles in every aspect of their lives”.
Jason Aebig is a Partner at Creative Fire in Saskatoon. He has served as a volunteer with numerous organizations and boards, including Family Service Saskatoon, Broadway Theatre, Albert Community Centre, and Leadership Saskatoon. He has served as a member of the University's Board of Governors, University Senate, and President of the U of S Alumni Association. He was the first elected President & Chair of Remai Modern, overseeing the completion of the gallery's final plan and design of the $21 million capital campaign. He is a former Chair of Saskatoon's United Way where he worked on advancing Saskatchewan's 2-1-1 initiative and the implementation of United Way’s new community investment model. Jason is currently serving a two-year term as a Director on of the Great Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Board.
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient is Namarta Kochar, Program Manager for Leadership Annual Giving at the University of Saskatchewan.
More than 375 people have participated in our program over its 16-year history. A rich assortment of volunteers help to deliver and support our program, as committee members, facilitators, coaches and mentors. Generous sponsors and donors sustain us. Together we are building a better Saskatoon.