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Convocation date: May 22, 1991
Discipline / contribution: health care ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Albert George Ayers.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr. Ayers was bom and educated in Saskatoon. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from this University in 1950. He was admitted to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1953. He has had a distinguished career in his chosen field. Mr. Ayers represents that special group of people that is one of our country's major national resources - the volunteer. He has contributed a lifetime of dedicated service to his colleagues, his community, his province and his country. The positions he has held and the honours he has received defy orderly presentation. However, it is in one area that his efforts have been especially significant, and that is in the area of health care.
Mr. Ayers has contributed his professional skills, priceless experience and countless hours of precious personal time to helping ensure that we all will be assured the highest standard of health care possible. His services are eagerly sought and invariably provided with the same high degree of commitment and professionalism that characterizes his performance, whether in business, personal activities or community affairs. As former Chairman of the Saskatoon City Hospital Board, the University Hospital Foundation Board and the Saskatchewan Health Care Association; as current Chairman of the Royal University Hospital Board and member of the newly created Saskatoon Health Services Authority, he has made major contributions to this Province. As former Board Member and Chairman of the Canadian Hospital Association, and Canadian Delegate to the American Hospital Association and the International Hospital Federation, his contributions have extended to national and international levels. Truly a man whose willingness to serve knows no bounds.
Society provided Mr. Ayers the opportunity to gain an education and pursue a profession. He, in turn, has spent a lifetime of putting something back. Surely his career conveys a most appropriate message for this convocation.
Degree presented by: Ian M. McDonald, Dean of Medicine
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