LYLE R. JOHNSON
2012 Moose Jaw Honours Recipient
Lyle Johnson was born in Craik, SK but he grew up in Moose Jaw and still resides here. During his busy life, Lyle has "worn many hats", one of the most impressive being as an educator. His teaching career spanned an amazing 42 years and it is estimated that he has taught and touched the lives of over 15,000 students. With the exception of a term at Bushell Park his career has been at Peacock, and all in drama. He has served as a mentor to many of these young people, as he spent endless hours working with them in an extracurricular capacity in the dramatic arts. The students loved "Mr. J" and connected so well with him primarily because he always respected each of them as a person.
Lyle Johnson has produced and/or directed over 70 dramas, musicals, and one act plays (including three Provincial Festival winners) in addition to coaching the school's improve team. In the drama world, he was an adjudicator, workshop presenter, and pilot program teacher. He served for 12 plus years as an executive member of the Saskatchewan Drama Association, including terms as president and vice president and his current position as Chairman.
In addition to his teaching career, Lyle began his cadet career in 1964 in the Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps, where he progressed from cadet to civilian instructor, officer, and now as a volunteer. Positions in the corps included training officer, administrative officer, and commanding officer (three times for a total of ten years).
Lyle continues in the corps as a volunteer in the administrative officer position. He has attended a total of 41 summer camps. His 26 years at the Banff/Rocky Mountain National Training Centre, are the most ever served by any one person. In addition he is the first course graduate to ever command that training centre. He was employed at the Connaught National Cadet Training Centre in Ottawa for 2 years where he worked with the cadet marksmanship program. This culminated in his being declared Commandant of the National Rifle Team in 2006.
His current military position is an appointment to the Branch Advisory Council as the Regional Chair for the prairie region which is the largest region in the country. He is in his fourth year in this position
Two busy careers would limit most of us in community involvement. Not so with Lyle. He has served on the board of CrimeStoppers since its inception in 1984 with a number of terms as Chair. He was an organizer of a Miss Canada pageant, served as a motorcycle safety instructor, was a city recreation board member and has served as executive member of various local organizations.
Lyle was declared Citizen of the Year in 1984. He is the recipient of the Canada 125 medal, and he has also been presented with the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal and more recently with the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. Lyle also received an award from Toastmasters of Southern Saskatchewan for the scope of his community involvement and the leadership he has shown to young people.
Lyle is probably most widely recognized by the general population of our city as the host of the weekly TV show on Shaw Cable "Moose Jaw This Week" which is in its 30th season, with over 1,000 shows completed. Lyle has his finger "on the pulse" of Moose Jaw and he chooses people to appear on his show from the many volunteer efforts of the city and worthy fund raising activities. It is an opportunity for these grateful groups to advertize their projects.
In his "spare time" Lyle likes to play hockey on a no-hit team. He enjoys riding his bike and motorcycles. His pet passion is his re ultra-light the "Slowbird" which he flies when the winds are kind. He is the proud holder of several Canadian and world records for distance and speed in the Challenger II Special, which he has painted in the authorized official paint scheme of the 431 Squadron "Snowbirds".
Lyle Johnson has officially retired, but the results of his efforts with thousands of young people will continue to manifest itself in this community and the larger Canadian community for many years to come. Well done Lyle, you are an amazing individual and tonight we humbly salute you.