On September 29, 2019, SSM hosted the 10TH ANNUAL SASKATCHEWAN SENIOR VOLUNTEER AWARDS at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

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Congratulations to Michael Kaminski for receiving the award for Advocacy!

Pat Trask nominated Michael for the award with letters of support from:

  • Marvin Mackie, President of Superannuated Teachers Federation, Wadena Chapter
  • Fern Haight, Past President of Saskatchewan Seniors Association Inc.
  • Tammy Loerzel, Administrator on behalf of Village of Invermay

Here is a summary of the nominee’s achievements:




  • coached fastball and volleyball
    • developed several programs and accessed funding
      • Advancing and Developing Technological Literacy in the Community – AD TLC
  • organized the Invermay Students Apple Computer Club –ISACC
  • developed and implement the Cross Age Tutoring program
    • organized Red Cross Youth in the school
      • participated in the International Year of the Youth exchange


  • served as a Sunday reader for many years
    • member of Knights of Columbus
    • volunteered with Bosco Homes & Father Larre – Big Valley Jamboree
      • worked as security at event for 7 years


  • lobbied hard to maintain the library service
    • developed a program and accessed funding to reduce vulnerability of seniors on internet
    • chairs the local library board

People with Disabilities

  • accessed funding to purchase a community para-transit bus
    • drove the paratransit bus as a volunteer


  • served as President of the local club for 8 years, co-ordinator of the district, director of the region
    • major renovation projects for the seniors facility – writing grant applications for funding
      • siding, roofing, windows, accessibility, flooring, new kitchen, etc.
      • planned and hosted many Canada Day Celebrations for the community
      • included activities which provided for intergenerational and cultural engagement


            Community Hall – Worked to purchase the existing gymnasium for a new community hall

                        – accessed a grant program to renovate the structure and add on a dining area

            Volunteer Fire Department

                        – served as a fire-fighter for 5 years

            Hospital – Continuous lobbying to keep the local hospital open and viable

  • recruited doctors to serve Invermay
    • served as a paratransit driver for nursing home residents

            Health Care – served on the Sunrise Health Region – Community Health Advisory Committee

  • identifying and addressing health services issues in the area
    • liaison between community and health board


  • oversaw the construction of a new Arena
    • served on the Curling Club as president for many terms
    • coached minor hockey and drove the hockey bus
    • served as chairman of the Recreation Board
    • planned and hosted many Welcoming Socials for newcomers
    • managed the Operation Challenge gymnastics program for approximately 10 years


  • taught ceramics, photography and woodwork to 4-H youth

History Book

  • organized the committee, accessed funding and developed the 1985 History – Parkland Trails
    • 2008 – again organized a new committee, accessed funding, collaborated with the school, researched and developed a three volume set – History
    • produced several DVD’s on community histories, veterans, etc.


  • served as mayor for close to 30 years
    • lobbied/accessed funds to upgrade the water/sewer system
    • introduced Emergency Planning to the community
    • organized and developed the Volunteer Fire Department
      • now has a 4 stall facility, two trucks and a tanker
      • very well trained volunteer department serving two villages and two RM’s

– served and continues to serve as the Emergency Measure Co-ordinator



  • served as president of the Canora Teachers Association
    • served as STF councillor for CTA for 8 years
    • served on the Assiniboine Chapter as secretary, President and STS Liaison


  • attended SUMA regional meetings to voice the concerns of small communities
    • served on the SUMA board as East Central Director, and Vice-President of Villages for ten years
    • was recognized as a recipient of the Scoop Lewry Award

Emergency Preparedness

  • served on the board as a director for 6 years
    • served as provincial president for 4 years


  • served on Parkland Valley board – Sports Culture and Recreation

Community Entrepreneurship

  • serves on Community Futures Ventures Board – director and vice chair – 6 years


  • serves on the Parkland Regional Library Board – 7 years
    • many meetings with government regarding the future of Sask. Library System
    • many library board meetings with the city of Yorkton



  • served on the Multi-type Library Board during its formative years
    • served on the minister’s advisory committee – Inter-community Co-operation and Community Quality of Life
    • served as a returning office and supervisory DRO


  • served on the executive of Superannuated Teachers – 19 years
    • made presentations on Preparing for Retirement


  • serves as a Public Representative on Saskatchewan College of Podiatry

Saskatchewan Division of the Red Cross

  • served as director for three years
    • travelled East Central Sask.  making presentations on Volunteerism
    • organized Red Cross Youth in 35 high schools and the two universities
    • participated in their national Strategic Planning Sessions

            Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Organization

  • served on the board/executive
    • represented SUMA at the FCM conference in Ottawa
    • served on the Resolutions, Highways, and Strategic Planning Committees

Saskatchewan Emergency Planners Association

  • served as director
    • chaired several different committees – eg. Y2K, , regional response systems, etc.
    • Chaired provincial AGMs

Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism

  • served as a presenter on Fraud Prevention – 2 years
    • served on the provincial board – 1 term
    • made presentations on the SMART initiative (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)

Saskatchewan Seniors’ Association Incorporated – SSAI

  • served as a board member, 2nd Vice and 1st Vice for over 8 years
    • co-ordinated/chaired the resolutions activities
    • emceed the provincial AGM
    • presented to delegates at the AGM and regionals
    • lobbied government and the opposition in regards to important seniors’ issues


  • serves on the board of the National Pensioners Federation
    • attended AGMs in Saskatoon, Ottawa, Richmond, Halifax & Regina  to address seniors’ issues
    • participated with nine national organizations’ representatives to lobby the federal members of parliament regarding the development of  a National Seniors’ Strategy.

– Worked for Statistics Canada with Seniors’ surveys and census