People of USask: The Honourable Lynda Haverstock

Since her time as an undergrad student at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Honourable Dr. Lynda Haverstock (BEd’72, MEd’77, PhD’85) has been a trailblazer in several fields and an inspiration to many. She now celebrates the distinction of being a 2022 Golden Grad.

When reflecting on her time as an undergraduate student 50 years ago, Dr. Haverstock shared:  

“You know, this is such a strikingly beautiful campus, and I don't think that people elsewhere in the country know how beautiful it is. I've been very privileged to receive honorary doctorates from various universities. It is really, really striking how splendid this university is. I loved it. I felt lucky. My dad, when he drove me here we came with everything I owned in this horse trailer. And I remember specifically driving him, driving me in and I'm showing him around and ... and I turned to him, and I said, “You know, Dad, I'm going to be teaching here someday.” You know, quite frankly, I could never have dreamed as big as my life has become. But this is the place that helped solidify it.” 

As a psychologist, educator, politician, and author, Dr. Haverstock broke glass ceilings and devoted herself to improving the world she lives in. She was the first woman to be elected the leader of a political (Liberal) party in Saskatchewan in 1989. After leaving politics, she hosted a radio talk show. In 2000, she was appointed Lieutenant Govenor of Saskatchewan and held the role for six-and-a-half years. She was a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan. From 2007-2012 she was the president/ CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan.  

As a result, from the hard work and dedication that she put in during her fulfilling career, Dr. Lynda Haverstock has received recognition in many ways. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Dr. Haverstock has received honourary doctorate degrees from the University of Regina, Royal Roads University in Victoria, and Queen’s University in Kingston. She is also a recipient of the Distinguished Canadian Award and is named among the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence.  

It’s the People of USask who enable us to be what the world needs.   

Learn more about Dr. Haverstock’s fellow Golden Grads and other alumni events.

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