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Convocation date: October 21, 1989
Discipline / contribution: arts and culture
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Marguerite A. Gallavay.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Marguerite Gallaway had a dream that the people of Saskatchewan should enjoy live performances by internationally, nationally, and provincially acclaimed artists in their communities, regardless of size. She has realized that dream, and in the process has been a major force in providing an environment in which the arts and artists can flourish. She has made a remarkable contribution to thousands of Saskatchewan people through education and appreciation in the arts, and has given courage to hundreds of Saskatchewan artists.
Marguerite Gallaway was the first Executive Director of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils and held that post for 13 years. Beginning with seven Councils in 1974, this network has been nurtured under her leadership to its present membership of 65. Arts councils are groups of volunteers who work in their communities to develop interest in the arts, and to provide opportunity for people to experience music, art, theatre, and dance, in their local communities. The organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) is the umbrella organization through which councils can book music and theatre performances, and art exhibitions that are within their means and that suit the artistic tastes and the facilities of their communities.
Marguerite Gallaway's contribution has been in applying boundless energy to generate interest in the arts in Saskatchewan communities, and to put in place the organizations to sustain that interest. She has also been able to attract renowned artists and exhibitions to the province. Through OSAC, many people in the audience today will have experienced performances by such notables as the Canadian Brass, Malcolm Lowe, Valdy, Maureen Forrester, and Jon Vickers (who wrote a letter supporting her nomination for this degree). Performances have been in communities as small as 300 population, as well as in the larger centers of the province. In 1987, her last year as Executive Director, Marguerite Gallaway organized about 300 concerts and tours on behalf of member councils.
Marguerite Gallaway describes herself as a devoted graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She developed a relationship with the University that made it possible for the University's Greystone Singers and Summer Players, its permanent art collection and student art to be included in OSAC programs on a regular basis.
Born in Birsay, where she attended public and high school, Marguerite Gallaway completed her secondary education at Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina. She taught at Estevan Collegiate Institute from 1949 to 1951.
Marguerite Gallaway was a founding member and has served as president of the Saskatchewan Council of Cultural Organizations. She has contributed to a wide range of other cultural and community organizations at the national and provincial levels, including current service on the provincial board of UNICEF. In addition, she is active in the arts, cultural and church activities of her home community, Estevan. Currently, she is a partner in the ownership and operation of the Craft Gallery of Estevan. In 1988 she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. It is with pride that her alma mater honors her today.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Marguerite Gallaway and ask that you will confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Gwenna Moss
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