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Convocation date: May 20, 1982
Discipline / contribution: community service
Citation / biographical information:
Senator Sidney L. Buckwold was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved with his parents to Saskatoon at an early age. He received his early education in Saskatoon and then went to McGill University where he received his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1936, graduating with great distinction.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Following graduation he joined the family business of Buckwold's Limited, a wholesale distributing firm with head office in Saskatoon.
His record of public service is truly outstanding.
In military life he served in the active army, achieving the rank of captain. Subsequently, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the North Saskatchewan Regiment.
In community and municipal affairs, he has excelled. We all remember him as Mayor of Saskatoon. His eleven years in that position, preceded by a number of years as elected alderman, were good for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Canada.
He served as president of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities, and of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. During his tenure as mayor he was called upon to represent his city, province and country in many capacities, both at home and abroad.
On November 4th, 1971, Sid was appointed to the Senate of Canada. Not coincidentally, I am sure, he was named Saskatoon's Citizen of the Year a month later. (Since then he has served his country in many capacities that range from chairman of the Canadian National Conference Committee of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, to the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons on International Hockey. He co-chaired a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House on Employer-Employee Relations in the Public Service.
In private life, Sid is a devoted husband, father and grandfather; his family includes his charming wife Clarice, his three children: Jay, Judy and Linda, and five grandchildren. With all these demands and responsibilities he still finds time to participate as director of several Canadian companies and as vice-chairman of Canada West Foundation.
He is in constant demand as a speaker. When travels don't demand his presence in Zambia or Ottawa or wherever else he is needed, the audience is treated to an articulate, amusing and stimulating presentation.
All who meet him are affected by his enthusiasm and good humor. From the platform - political or otherwise - he casts an inspirational shadow. He is truly an excellent role model for today's youth. Our community, broadly defined, respects the contribution of citizens such as Sid. We do well to honor them.
Degree presented by: John Brennan
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