Fred’s educational journey began at age five and has continued through age 76. This began in a two-room school in Shaunavon, to Teachers’ College in Regina and one year at the University of Saskatchewan. He was teaching by the age of 19 and was a principal by his third year. He headed to university to complete his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education and then continued as a Principal for the next eight years while serving on the STF Provincial Executive for seven of those years. Upon becoming Director of Education, he was quickly seconded by the Department of Education to be Co-Ordinator of Rural Education. In 1982 Fred joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation as Executive Assistant and then became the STF General Secretary in 1987 until his retirement in 1998.
Fred’s gifts to the educational scene in Saskatchewan are legion. While teaching and administrating he was involved in numerous committees ( too many to mention here) that benefited both students and teachers.
During his tenure at the STF Fred was a member of the Teachers’ Superannuation Commission and the Provincial Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. He also conceptualized and established the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Retirement Plan. Special recognition awards that he has received include STF Honorary Life Membership, CTF Special Recognition Award, and from the Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation, a Founders Award.
In 2001 Fred joined the STS as Executive Secretary. His work with the organization has been outstanding. Since he was in Saskatoon, he became the Saskatoon Chapter’s personal liaison to the Provincial Executive. He was the ACER-CART representative and also established the first contract with Saskatchewan Blue Cross in 2000. Fred conducted numerous information sessions at the STS AGMs. His support for STS included attending curling, bridge, golf and fishing events, where he could just play and enjoy.
In his free time Fred enjoys playing bridge and has attained the status of Life Master. He is a long-standing member of the Saskatoon Bridge Club. As well, many summers were spent at the cabin in Cypress Hills, which was a special sanctuary.
Fred and his wife Joan, reside in Saskatoon. Together they have four adult children and their partners and nine grandchildren.
The Saskatoon Chapter is certainly very pleased to be a part of honouring Fred Herron with an STS Honorary Life Membership.
Peter Stroh has been an active contributor to numerous organizations since retiring from teaching in Saskatoon and his involvements in the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association and the STF. Peter has been involved in the STS provincially and at the Chapter level. His many involvements also extend well into the community of Saskatoon.
Provincially, Peter is a tireless advocate for retired teachers and older adults. He has been a Delegate to AGM since 2007, submitting resolutions and speaking to them. Peter has been active on recreation hosting committees and enjoys events such as fishing, golf and Kaiser.
At the Chapter level, Peter has been an Executive member of the Saskatoon Chapter since 2008 and has served in Vice-President, President and Past-President positions. He has contributed to numerous Chapter committees including Honorary Life Member, Service Award and Resolutions Committees. Peter has helped plan the Fall Welcome Breakfasts, Chapter banquets, socials and a variety of program presentations. His has served on the Chapter Constitution and Bylaw Committee and Ad Hoc Committees. Peter is an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatoon Chapter and is also a member of the Wakaw Chapter.
Peter is an active fixture in the wider community serving on the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, University of Regina Alumni Association Senate representative, U of S Senate as well as Vice-President and Dean Search Committees. He has Chaired the Saskatchewan Literacy Foundation, been a volunteer canvasser for various organizations, has initiated a volunteer program for vaccination support and is an Elections Canada Training Officer. Peter loves recreational opportunities, is a player in the 60 Plus Hockey League and has served on the National 60 Plus Hockey League Host Committee.
For these many, many contributions to the STS and other organizations, it is an honour to award Peter Stroh Honorary Life Membership in the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan. His volunteerism and contributions at the provincial, local and community level are truly too numerous to list.
2022 Fred Herron
2016 Peter Stroh
2015 George Georget
2014 Cecile Martell, Irma Kittelson
2013 Freda Robinson
2012 Marg Martin, Sadie Urban
2011 Lindsay Fast
2010 Margaret Cooper, Margaret Leaker
2009 Marie Hammer, Marlene Iachella
2008 Verne L Alldred, Stella Shulhan
2007 Ernie Epp, Bill Meger
2006 Robert E. Wilson
2005 Aldean Glass
2004 Rose Yaworski
2003 Elaine Panchuk
2002 Alice Hanlin, Terry Manley
1999 Fern Adair
1998 George Schmid, Anne Klaassen
1996 Willmer Willems
1994 Jim Holtslander