By Mitch Empey & Jenn Sharp – originally posted at FaceBook & Instagram
On April 06, 2016, Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield announced the recipients of the 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.
I am thrilled to be attending the ceremony to watch my soul Dad- Harold Empey be given this award. Harold has acted as a trailblazing inclusion agent. He was integral in opening Rotary International membership to women in the early 1990s. He has contributed to Saskatchewan's "globalization" long before it was a word we used in textbooks. 
This is what I wrote in my letter "Harold is a distinguished business and community leader, and has helped improve the lives of people at the local municipal-rural, provincial, national. and international levels, dedicating himself the highest ethical leadership standards. Harold has celebrated and promoted Saskatchewan’s potential acting as a provincial ambassador. . He is a model for the citizens of the province of Saskatchewan laying its foundational success. Harold has received awards for his community work including:
  • The Rotary Distinguished Service Award;
  • The Rotary Service Above Self Award;
  • The Rotary Golden Wheel Award;
  • The McClure Foundation Golden Heart Award;
  • The Saskatoon Community Foundation Cornerstone of the Community Award;
  • The Saskatchewan Leadership Award and
  • the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.
Harold’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with his integrity, commitment to serve, great vision, motivation and consistency in following through, spanning 60 years, makes him, I believe a great Saskatchewan leader. 

“If the greatness of a province can be measured by the contributions of its citizens, Saskatchewan is a great province, indeed,” Solomon Schofield said. “This year’s medal recipients have had an enormous impact and I thank them for their generosity and commitment, and congratulate them on this well-deserved honour.” Congratulations, Harold- you shine bright!
Other winners of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recipients are:

Robert (Bob) Berthiaume, Consultant, Regina
Dale Ebert, Retired Teacher, Prince Albert
Jeannette Eddolls, Teacher, Prince Albert
Doug Hodson, Q.C., Lawyer, Casa Rio Estates
Phyllis Johnson, Retired Teacher, Shell Lake
Anthea Loran, Artist and Author, Swift Current
Agnes Parisloff, Retired, Regina
Neil Robertson, Q.C., Lawyer, Regina
Jeanne Walters, Retired, Saskatoon
The recipients will receive their medals during a ceremony at Government House in Regina on April 26, 2016