local heroes 

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, local groups and organizations, as well as local government


Individuals 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; or

the Villages of Togo, Pelly, Arran, and Veregin.

The Selection Committee may award one ring and/or one or more plaques annually 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.

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 on August 8th, 1980 by Stan and Betty Clark. The award recognizes individuals in the area who have made outstanding contributions to their community through public service, local groups and organizations, as well as local government. The award also provides a forum for discussing development and improvement in an inter-community setting.

To nominate an outstanding individual for this incredible award, please complete and submit the Nomination Form

Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by May 31st of each year.

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 and Alton Johnson

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

2016: Barry Golay

2017: Evelyn Banks

2018: Wendy Becenko

To learn more about the award and each recipient, please visit the Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen's Ring Award FaceBook Page or email GOSCitizen@sasktel.net

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.

Casimir Broda, recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit