|Doug Elliott - 2019 Vermilion Distinguished Citizen|
|Doug Elliott’s commitment to learning has played a key role in Lakeland College’s success.
From 2005 to 2011, Doug served as the chair of the Lakeland College Board of Governors. He oversaw progressive changes at Lakeland while always stressing the importance of financial stability, program quality and excellent student service. Lakeland’s programming increased, student enrolment grew and facilities and land base expanded during Doug’s tenure as chair. The former schoolteacher and lifelong farmer also served as a program advisory committee member for the crop technology program and was a panel member on producer forums organized by students.
“Education is absolutely critical because it’s the first step in a lifelong journey of learning. The best thing that any student can learn is how to learn and how much there is to learn,” says Doug. “The purpose of Lakeland College is to give our students an opportunity to reach their potential, achieve their goals and get a great start on life.”
A longstanding supporter of Lakeland, Doug purchased a lifetime alumni membership and established the Joan Elliott Memorial Scholarship in memory of his late wife.
Doug’s volunteerism goes beyond Lakeland. Over the years, he’s served as a board chair or director of several co-operatives and industry organizations, including the Eastalta Co-op, Vermilion Seed Cleaning Co-op Association, Alberta Canola Producers Commission and the Canola Council of Canada, among others. For his significant contributions and achievements, Doug was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“The highlight of my work has been the people. I feel very fortunate to have been surrounded by good people and they deserve so much credit.”
It is with great respect that Lakeland College recognizes Doug Elliott of Vermilion as a Distinguished Citizen and awards him an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree.
|Mary Holtby - 2019 Lloydminster Distinguished Citizen|
An act of kindness is never wasted, according to Mary Holtby, whose accomplishments have significantly influenced her family and community.
While Mary and her husband, Harold, were building their multi-generation, mixed farm operation near Marshall, Sask., they were also building their community. Together, they helped with several initiatives including the Marshall Three Links Community Centre and the first covered ice-skating rink. With the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges, Mary spearheaded the Marshall School breakfast program. The surrounding community also benefitted from their community spirit. They contributed to the development of Lloydminster’s Junior A hockey team and projects such as the indoor swimming pool and the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
For over 55 years, Mary has been a proud member of the Marshall Golden Jubilee Rebekah Lodge #133 and served as noble grand (president) several times. She also served at the provincial and international levels. Mary was awarded the Decoration of Chivalry for outstanding service to the Rebekahs and community.
Mary served on the Lloydminster and District Co-op Board of Directors and as a Lakeland College Advocacy Committee chair. She was also a member of the Lakeland College Board of Governors and supported the Bill Kondro Wing addition.
“It was important to us to be involved in the community and help build it to be a great place to live and raise our family. A leader works hard, tells the truth and always strives to do the right thing. They help where and when they can, and they never stop learning,” says Mary.
It is with great respect that Lakeland College recognizes Mary Holtby of Marshall as a Distinguished Citizen and awards her an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree.