Roman Ewanchuk recently received two awards recognizing his long-time service helping local youth.
Oct. 2, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal at Saskatoon Police Headquarters, while another presentation took place shortly after at Government House in Regina, in which he earned a Corrections Exemplary Service Medal of Canada.
The Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal recognizes exemplary long service of individuals "working to ensure the safety, security and protection of Saskatchewan citizens."
The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal "recognizes the special obligations and hazardous conditions of service that are experienced by those peace officers whose duties bring them in daily contact with offenders in Canadian corrections programs."
Dignitaries at the events included Saskatchewan Governor General W. Thomas Molloy, Saskatchewan Party MLAs Christine Tell and Nadine Wilson and NDP MLA Danielle Chartier.
The following is submitted by Liz Ewanchuk:
Roman began his career of working with youth when he opened Redfield Group Home for Young Juvenile Delinquents. Both Roman and his wife Elizabeth started the group home to help youth in Saskatchewan who needed a safe home environment. They both ran the group home for 13 years from 1972 to 1985. Roman did not have a Grade 12 diploma so he earned his GED and applied to North Battleford Youth Center in August of 1985, where he continues to work.
Roman worked night, day and evening shift with the Ministry of Corrections with North Battleford Youth Center. As a Parental Care Supervisor he transported youth across Saskatchewan between facilities, funerals and medical and counselling services. Roman has worked as a Facility Youth Worker on the living units with the youth providing continual support, guidance, structure and counselling. During that time Roman was team leader for several years and was assigned higher duties as a unit supervisor.
Roman dedicated his work life to assisting and working with the youth of Saskatchewan. He held a number of positions and titles through his career within the Ministry of Corrections. Roman did retire for two months as an employee at North Battleford Youth Centre then returned as a permanent part-time employee and continues to dedicate his services to the Ministry of Corrections in Saskatchewan.