Saskatchewan

Artist Wilf Perreault among 10 joining Sask. Order of Merit

Saskatchewan artist Wilf Perreault is one of 10 distinguished citizens joining the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Recipients being invested into the Order today

Landscape painter Wilf Perreault has been part of Saskatchewan's art scene for decades. (Aldo Columpsi/CBC)

Saskatchewan artist Wilf Perreault is one of 10 distinguished citizens joining the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Perreault was modest when talking about the honour on Tuesday. He said he spent the morning with his grandchildren.

"I made them breakfast, and I still painted like I normally do. I do that every day," Perreault said.

"Even a moment like this is quite special, and I feel kind of like a person that's out of place. If I had a choice, I'd rather be in the studio where I'm not hiding, but I feel more protected."

Perreault added he was quite touched to be an Order of Merit recipient.

"It feels like they're talking about somebody else. What I do, I feel I'm so thankful for every day, and to be honoured for what I do is overwhelming because it doesn't feel that special to me."

Tonight, Lieut.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield will give out the awards in recognition of the 10 recipients' enduring contributions to the province.

The other nine 2016 recipients, their positions and home communities are:

  • Jo Anne Bannatyne-Cugnet (retired nurse, author and business owner) Weyburn.
  • Valerie Creighton (president, Canada Media Fund) Stoughton.
  • Steve Dechka (former president and CEO, Canpotex) Singapore and Saskatoon.
  • Keith Downey (research scientist) Okotoks, Alta., and Saskatoon.
  • Isabelle Impey (social worker and child advocate) Prince Albert.
  • George Lafond (treaty commissioner of Saskatchewan) Victoria, B.C. and Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.
  • Eldon McIntyre (businessman) Swift Current.
  • Gordon Rawlinson (CEO, Rawlco Radio) Calgary, and Waskesiu Lake.
  • Dr. Anne Luke (early learning educator) Regina.

The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was created to recognize individuals for "outstanding and enduring social, cultural and economic contributions to the province", the government said in a news release.

Including the 10 new members, there have been 219 appointments to the Order of Merit since its inception in 1985.