Dr. Lynda Haverstock is one of the most influential leaders in the history of her home province of Saskatchewan. Born in Swift Current to community-minded parents, Dr. Haverstock is devoted to improving the society in which she lives. As a psychologist, educator, politician, author and Lieutenant Governor, she has had a positive impact upon countless individuals and families.
Among Dr. Haverstock’s many achievements, she recently completed six and one-half years as Saskatchewan’s 19th Lieutenant Governor. This included the province’s Centennial celebrations in 2005, during which several events heralded as “unique”, “extraordinary” and “critically successful” were attributed to her vision and organizational skills. Prior to this position, Dr. Haverstock spent 10 years in politics. In 1989, she was the first woman to be elected leader of a political party in Saskatchewan. She is credited with taking the party from virtual obscurity to official opposition status in six years and with implementing a code of ethics for those seeking and holding political office. After stepping down as leader in 1995, she sat as an independent member of the Legislative Assembly until 1999.
With a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Masters and Baccalaureate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in the Education of Exceptional Children, Dr. Haverstock is widely respected for having established innovative education programmes for disabled students and chronically truant adolescents. She later shifted her attention to farm families in crisis, giving hundreds of seminars, workshops and presentations for professionals and farmers, and contributing to journals, magazines and books on this topic. She has taught at the Universities of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, receiving the Triple ‘E’ Award for her work as a practicing psychologist in 1987. She is the recipient of four doctoral fellowships and nine distinguished honours and awards, including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Gzowski Award for contributions to improving literacy.
An impassioned supporter of the arts, good citizenship, preservation of heritage sites, as well as an ardent promoter of environmental stewardship, Canadian history and voluntarism, she has established numerous fascinating programmes (like the Lieutenant Governor’s Remote Areas Spay/Neuter Programme) in response to critical problems.
Dr. Haverstock and her husband, Harley Olsen, reside in Regina and have four children and seven grandchildren.