February 17, 2011

Constructing a future for Central grads

Ron Graham
Ron Graham
Published on February 16, 2011
Myles Fish
Moose Jaw Times Herald

Ron Graham is decades removed from living and working in Moose Jaw, but a visit back to his the Friendly City last summer reminded him where home really was.

The reunion celebrating the centennial of Central Collegiate Institute in July 2010 brought Graham back to the school where he, his father, and his children attended and where his wife taught and coached basketball. It also inspired him to give back to his alma mater.

“We feel that this is really home. The 100th anniversary reconnected us with Central. With that in mind, we said it’s about time we started to support the graduates here,” he said.

That support Ron and wife Jane decided on was a contribution of $100,000 in scholarships for Central graduates.

A 1957 graduate of Central, Graham today is chairman of Graham Construction, the fourth largest construction services provider in Canada and a company with annual revenues of nearly $2 billion. The family business began in Moose Jaw in 1926, under the direction of Graham’s grandfather. 

One of the local projects the company worked on was the restoration of St. Andrew’s Church after a fire in 1963. In the 1970s, the company expanded throughout Western Canada and into the United States, and corporate headquarters moved from Moose Jaw to Calgary in the early 1980s.

Through the scholarship, the Grahams are providing approximately $4,000 annually for a well-rounded student to attend the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), the alma mater of Graham and his wife. The Grahams earned degrees in civil engineering and education from the UofS in 1962. The scholarship is open to all areas of study.

Also, any Central student who makes a major Huskies athletic team at the UofS can earn a scholarship worth $4,000 from the Grahams, who were involved in interuniversity athletics while attending university.

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