local heroes 

The Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen’s Ring Award was established August 8, 1980 by Stan and Betty Clark. They set up a trust fund dedicated to financing this award, so that the interest earned will cover the award, allowing the award to continue for many, many years.

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  • To recognize individuals in the area known as the Garden of Saskatchewan who have made an outstanding contribution to their community through public service in the community groups and local government. 
  • To provide a forum for discussing area development and improvement on an intercommunity basis.

Individuals eligible for nomination must be residents of the RMs of Cote 271, St. Phillips 301 and Livingston 331; the eastern divisions of the RM of Sliding Hills 273, Keys 303 and Clayton 333; the towns of Kamsack and Norquay, and the villages of Togo, Pelly, Arran, and Veregin.

The selection committee trustees are:

  • Members of the Clark family
  • MLA for Pelly
  • Manager, Affinity Credit Union
  • Mayor and overseers of Kamsack, Verigin, Togo, Norquay, Pally and Arran
  • Reeves of RMs of Cote, St. Phillips and Livingston
  • Chiefs of Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations
  • RCMP officers, Pelly and Kamsack
  • School division representative
  • Chairman, Ministerial Association

The Selection Committee may award annually, one ring and/or one or more plaques to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to their community. All costs associated with the awards are paid by the Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen’s Ring Trust Fund.

Selection Criteria:

  • The awards will not be awarded posthumously
  • The Ring Award does not have to be awarded each year.
  • The main criteria for the Ring Award shall be outstanding life long service to their community through public service in community groups and local government.

The deadline for receiving nominations be May 31st of each year.

Nomination forms must be completed before the committee can consider nominations.

In the case where a nomination form has not been duly completed, the Committee not consider the nomination until the next meeting.  The committee member recommending an individual is responsible for getting the nomination form competed prior to the next meeting.

The executive be authorized to advertise in the Kamsack Times and the Norquay North Star to promote the awards and to solicit nominations.

Committee members encourage service organizations in their respective communities to nominate individuals on an annual basis.

Kamsack is a place you can be proud of! We call it The Kamsack Influence.

The Town of Kamsack is...

  • Home and resting place of the first lady in Saskatchewan's political office, Sask MLA Sarah Ramsland
  • Home of Guiness World Record Holders Nolan Nykolaishen and Nathan Hudye for the "Longest distance travelled by snowmobile over a 24 hour period"
  • Home of NHL hockey players Darcy Hordichuk and Tyler Wright
  • Home of Brier curling champion Mike Chernoff
  • The first place many have ever tried shishliki, Kamsack's local food
  • The 2009 winner of the Communities in Bloom Contest
  • Home of Casmir Broda, 2009 Order of Merit Award recipient
  • Home of Audrey Horkoff, Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee 2009
  • Home of those who received the Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen's Ring Award
  • Home of Nashville singer Billy Joyce (Helmkay)
  • Home of published author Cedric Dey
  • And much, much more

If you know someone or something you think should be included on this page, please contact the Town of Kamsack through our Contact Us page. We will then contact the person or persons to obtain permission to post their story. 

The Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen's Ring Award was established August 8, 1980 by Stan and Betty Clark. The award was established to recognize individuals in the area known as the Garden of Saskatchewan who have made an outstanding contribution to their community through public service in the community groups and local government. The award also was to provide a forum for discussing area development and improvement on an inter-community basis.

The following are the recipients of the Garden of Saskatchewan Citizens Ring Award:

1980: Art Barton, Roy Musqua, Fred Klaus, and Evangeline Fisher.
1981: Willis Richford
1982: Carl Eggenschwiller
1983: Percy Godland
1984: Mel Laimon
1985: Harry Shukin
1986: Stan Nimetz
1987: Eva Wishnevetski
1988: Alex Sherstabitoff, Jr.
1989: Ed Fissell
1990: Peter Kabatoff
1991: John Vanin
1992: Anita Klochko
1993: Alex Leis
1994: Peter Nagraeff
1995: Alex Podwin
1996: Lillian Hovarka
1997: Mabel Buceuk
1998: Frank Fisher
2000: Steve Kinaschuk

2008: Rev. John Moriarty

2009: Audrey Horkoff
2010: Helen MacFarlene
2011: Charles Thomas
2012: Adeline Nykolaishen
2013: Amanda Burback
2014: Casmir John Broda
2015: Ben Hudye

Recipient's stories:
John Vanin (1991) donated his time serving the Lister school Board from 1940 to 1965. Since then he has been active on many committees and Boards. Mr. Vanin served on Pelly Central School Board, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Committee, Pelly Credit Union, Pelly Doukhobor Society, District Ag. Board, Canora feed lot committee, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Board. John was a councilor for the R.M. of St.Phillips for 14 years and Chairman of Pelly Happy Hearts Club for 11 years. Mr. Vanin served on the R.M. of St. Phillips History Book and was also a Board Member of Veregin Heritage Village Board. John was a Secretary of R.M. of St. Phillips from 1977- 1990.
Anita Klochko (1992) has opened her home to more than 200 children over the years. She has been a foster parent from 1970-1990. Anita held positions as a local Treasurer, Board Member, 1st vice President, Canadian Foster Parent Association, Local Trainer Saskatchewan, Foster Parents Association, Kamsack Cadet Squadron #633, Kamsack Horse Club, SADAC, Board Member for Parkland Community College, Leader for 4-H, Education Foundation for Foreign Study, Kamsack Band Boosters and Kamsack Tops Chapter. Mrs. Klochko presented programs to parents in Togo, Arran, Canora and Kamsack on parent awareness. Anita has devoted a lot of her time to organizations in our community as well as organizing and promoting drug and alcohol free functions for our youth.
Peter Negraeff (1994) was a teacher for more than 30 years. Peter was involved in the community in many ways. Mr. Negraeff held positions as a charter member for the Lions, Secretary for the Drop-In Center, secretary/treasurer for the Recreation Board, was a volunteer member as a Fireman – Secretary, secretary for the Chamber of Commerce, Board member for the United Church and served on the Credit Union Board. Mr. Negraeff held numerous executive positions on the Sports Association for approximately 25 years. Peter served on the volunteer firefighters for 12 years. He not only coached hockey and minor baseball throughout the years but was also a school representative for sports. Mr. Negraeff would also find time to M.C. for different fund raisers.
Alex Podwin (1995) served as a councilor for the R.M. of Cote #271 Division 6 for 21 years. He also served as deputy reeve. Alex donated a lot of his time as a member of Kamsack School Unit Board and on Kamsack Nursing Home Board. Mr. Podwin was an active member on the board of directors for the Kamsack Co-op, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Committee and served on Kamsack Hospital Board for as many years as he was on R.M. council. Mr. Podwin acted as Mayor for our Town for one turn.
Lillian Hovorka, (1996) known as Lil to her friends, enjoyed a career as a teacher at Kamsack and upon retirement dedicated her time to the Kamsack Literacy Program, the Kamsack History Room and Book Committee, the Kamsack Museum, the Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary, the Kamsack public Library, the Parkland Regional College, local committee, the Girl Guides, Donors choice, Air Cadets, Block Parents, the Catholic Women's League and the STF Superannuation Committee. Lil in her quiet and methodical manner has faithfully done an excellent job of her endeavors. Everyone has enjoyed working with her. Lil has brought much cheer to the patrons of the Hospitals, Nursing Home and Eaglestone lodge with her regular visits.
Mrs. Mabel Buceuk (1997) has provided outstanding service to the Kamsack Community through the work with the Kamsack history book, the Kamsack & District Historical Society and the Kamsack Museum. Mrs. Buceuk coordinated and operates the History Room at the Crowstand Centre. Mrs. Buceuk has also provided service to the community as a teacher, librarian, 4-H leader, instructor with the Parkland Regional College and member of the United Church Choir.
Frank Fisher (1998) is recognized for his lifelong service to the community through the Protective Brotherhood of Elks, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Kamsack Regional Recreation Complex Society, the Kamsack Recreation Board, United Church Committee and the coaching of minor sports. Mr. Fisher initiated the Kamsack Regional Recreation Complex (KRRC) Society in 1972 and worked to raise money for construction of the Complex and for the payment of the debt on the complex. Frank remained on the KRRC Facilities Management Board and served as Chairman.
Steve Kinaschuk (2000) served on the Kamsack Union Hospital and the Kamsack and District Nursing Home Board from the early 70's to the late 80's. Steve was Chairman in 1982 and represented the village of Arran in 1983 and then went on to represent the R.M. of Livingston from 1985 - 1989. Steve has always been active on numerous committees and Organizations throughout the years. Steve was on the Podolia School Board, Wheat Board Committee, Cemetery Board, representative on the Yorkton, Melville Library Board, Yorkton, Melville Health region, Norquay Homemakers, Home Care Board and the Happy Hearts Senior Board.

Audrey Horkoff (2009) has a long history of community service starting as a young parent when her involvement focused on children and included being president of the Band Parents' Association, leader of the 4-H club and president of the figure skating club.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Church and serves on several church committees. Drawing on her agricultural background Audrey has served on the Board of the the Canadian Western Agribition since 1987 and was chairman in 1995 and 1997.  In 2000 she was appointed as co-chair of the Action Committee on Rural Economy (ACRE) and was the recipient of an honourary lifetime membership with the Saskatchewan Association of Agrologists in 2000.  Her name was listed  on the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll in 2007 and she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2009. In addition, Audrey was listed on an Honour Scroll with the Saskatchewan Charolas Association for her work for the organization and was named Breeder of the Year in 1985. Audrey has also been heavily involved in community affairs. A former member of the Kamsack Credit Union, she was re-elected to the Affinity Credit Union's Advisory Committee in 2009. She is a former member of the Sunrise Health Region board and served as chair of the 2005 Kamsack Homecoming Committee,  a role she is repeating with the 2010 Homecoming Committee. In 2005 she was the the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Centennial medal and was selected by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of its seven Women of Influence in 2005.  Audrey is also heavily involved with the Town of Kamsack and has been recognized for her work on KEDA (Kamsack Economic Development Authority).

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Casimir Broda

In 2009, Casimir Broda, a long time Kamsack resident, was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. The Order of Merit recognizes achievements and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well being of the province and its residents.     

Starting with a single gravel truck in 1957, Cas Broda developed his company into one of Western Canada's leading construction companies that contributes to the economy of many Saskatchewan communities.   

Mr. Broda is also active in the community and is well known for his charitable works and contributions. He was named Kamsack's Most Outstanding Citizen in 1974 and is a member of the Kamsack Knights of Columbus, the Saskatchewan Roadbuilders'  Association and the Saskatchewan Construction Association. 

Our Sports Heroes

Darcy Hordichuk
Darcy is the son of Ernie and Sonia Hordichuk of Kamsack. He was born in Kamsack and started playing hockey at the age of four. He lived,  attended school and played hockey in Kamsack until the age of 15, at which time he moved to Yorkton to play in the AA league with the Yorkton Terriers. He continued to play hockey and attend school there until he went to play with the Dauphin Kings at age 17.

At the age of 18, he was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades and continued to play with them for two and a half years.  It was at this stage of his hockey career that things took a turn to the big league. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers, and played for their  farm team, the Orlando Solar Bears. He was the 180th pick in the sixth round.

Since then, Darcy has played with the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and the Vancouver Canucks. As a free agent in 2008 he turned down an offer from the Nashville Predators, had talks with the Leafs, Montreal and Edmonton, before eventually signing a three-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.  On October 2, 2010, Darcy was traded back to Florida.

Darcy is also involved in many charity organizations in the United States and Canada. Proud of his hometown, he lends his name, heart and talents to the local Riverside Golf Course in support of the annual Darcy Hordichuk Riverside Charity Classic Golf Tournament. (Photo at right: Darcy and Ken Cymbalisty, manager of Riverside Golf Course, at the 2008 tournament.)

Tyler Wright
A Kamsack hockey player who put on his first pair of skates at the age of four and made it to the National Hockey League has been inducted into the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame. Former Kamsack resident Tyler Wright of Columbus, Ohio, who works as a player development coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, was one of two former Broncos inducted.

The son of Jim and Shirley Wright of Kamsack, Tyler left Kamsack for Swift Current in Grade 9 to begin his junior hockey career. He graduated from the Swift Current Composite High School. Wright spent four full seasons with the Broncos from 1989 to 1993 and was the highest Bronco ever drafted to the NHL, 12th overall in the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

Wright accumulated 115 goals and 157 assists in 233 WHL career games. He played a key role in the Bronco’s trip to the Memorial Cup in 1993 with nine goals and 17 assists in 17 playoff games.  Tyler’s exceptional play and leadership abilities secured his spot on both the 1992 and 1993 team Canada rosters at the IIHF World Junior Tournaments.  At the 1993 tournament, Wright was named  an alternate captain and notched 3 goals and 3 assists on route to a gold medal victory for Canada.

As a player development coach for the Blue Jackets, Tyler was part of the NHL draft from Ottawa. Tyler and his wife Christie have three children, Kennady, Tanner and Ava.

KCI Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded to the student  who lives in Kamsack with the highest academic average.