Roy Ellis Bursary
The Roy Ellis Bursary is provided annually to a student in at least their second year of a leisure-related post-secondary program that includes recreation, sport, and culture. It acknowledges the contributions made by Mr. Roy Ellis to the leisure services field in Saskatchewan. The bursary amount is $500.00. Each Student Member is eligible to win this bursary one time only.
Roy, a native of Moose Jaw, started in the field as the City’s aquatic director. After the war, where he served in the RCAF, he moved to Saskatoon. He filled several positions including assistant recreation director for the City of Saskatoon, recreation director of St. Mary’s Parish, and superintendent of recreation classes in the Saskatoon separate school system.
In 1960 Roy was hired by the Provincial government as the south-central regional recreation supervisor, headquartered in Moose Jaw. During the next six years he worked to establish recreation boards and regional associations in the rural communities in the area. For most municipalities in Saskatchewan this was their first attempt to build municipal and regional recreation organizations. He was a pioneer in this. In 1966 he was appointed the director of regional field services in the newly organized Youth Agency, a position he held until his retirement. He was considered by most to be “The Father of Regional Associations” and many referred to him as “Mr. Recreation” for his fiery speeches on the importance of recreation especially for youth in building their leadership capacities.
For his own recreation he was an avid swimmer, fisherman, and wilderness canoeist. Some of his favorite moments were with his two sons, Paul and Mark, on the canoe trips. He also enjoyed sitting around the campfire sharing stories of people he worked with in the Province. He participated in recreation with the same fervor that he promoted it.
Deadline to apply is March 1 each year.
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