SASKATOON — Ken Loehndorf’s life has been dedicated to his faith and to Catholic education in Saskatchewan. For that service he was the recipient of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board’s 35th annual Julian Paslawski Meritorious Service Award. The award was presented by Julian Paslawski and SCSBA president Paula Scott during the SCSBA annual meeting held at Saskatoon’s Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Nov. 4 - 6.
Loehndorf ended his teaching and administration career in 2007 after 25 years as director of education for Light of Christ Catholic School Division in North Battleford. He was immediately hired by the SCSBA to be its executive director and will continue to serve in that position until his official retirement in July 2017.
Two other longtime Catholic educators received appreciation awards: Doug Robertson, retired director of education at the Lloydminster Catholic School Division and Robert Currie, who retired from the Regina Catholic School Division at the end of July and took a position as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
Robertson began his teaching career in Rabbit Lake, Sask., where he became a vice-principal. He then moved to Spiritwood, Sask. as a principal as well as technology co-ordinator. He joined the Lloydminster Catholic School Division in 1997 as superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and became director of education 10 years later. He retired in 2015. Robertson is active in his church, serving as acolyte, lector and communion minister. He was also active in LEADS (League of Education Directors and Superintendents) and served a term as president.
Currie began his teaching career in Moose Jaw and joined the Regina Catholic School Division in 1985, rising through the positions of vice-principal, principal, and supervisor of school operations, becoming director of education in 2008. Currie is active in his church, as well as charitable and sports organizations. He also served a term as president of LEADS.