Liv Erickson Wins Top
Scholarship To U of S

Written by Ryan Vincent
Monday, Mar 20 2023
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Central Collegiate senior, Liv Erickson, has been awarded one of the Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships to the University of Saskatchewan. 

The George and Marsha Ivany President's First and Best Scholarship is awarded based on academics, leadership and contributions to the school and community, to a student from a Canadian high school with a 95 per cent average or higher.  

Erickson is one of five students to be awarded the scholarship and will receive $40,000 towards her schooling over the course of four years at the U of S. 

“I feel amazing,” she says. “I always felt really drawn to U of S for so many reasons, and it really felt like [the scholarship] solidified my decision clearly, and it’s gotten me really excited about going to university... I’m really pumped about it, it’s an awesome thing to receive.” 

She currently has a 96 per cent average and has made numerous contributions to the community. 

“In my written application, I talked about starting an environmental club at my high school, as well as getting involved in some other youth climate activism groups in Regina. Also, I spoke about my executive role in SLC (Student Leadership Council). I’m the Head of Fundraising so I plan a lot of fundraisers for our school.” 

Erickson is the Central Collegiate representative on the Youth Advisory Committee for the Moose Jaw City Council. The Youth Advisory Committee speaks about situations and issues in Moose Jaw that youth face and tries to come up with solutions to present to the city council. 

She also volunteered as a coach for the “Girls in the Game” organization. 

“They focus on encouraging young girls to stay in sports and encouraging self-confidence and strength, both mentally and physically,” she adds. 

Erickson plans on going into the Faculty of Arts and Science for a degree in the Environment and Society program with a certificate in sustainability. 

“I’m just passionate about climate action and I think that having an education in that field is what's going to make you a better leader. If you know what you’re talking about, you can act properly and be fit for any role, whether that's in politics or in any other sort of policy-making area. Even if that’s working on projects in sustainability, or research, or education, I think you really need to know what you’re talking about to be able to make a greater impact.”

February 1, 2010

Lyle Phillips fondly remembers Central years

Lyle Phillips is looking forward to attending the 100th anniversary reunion of Central Collegiate being held in July. -
Lyle Phillips is looking forward to attending the 100th anniversary reunion of Central Collegiate being held in July. - Rebecca Lawrence photograph
29 Jan 2010

Central Collegiate will hold its 100th year reunion in July. In a series on former graduates, the Times-Herald spoke to lawyer Lyle Phillips.

Phillips, 81, who lives in Moose Jaw with his wife Joanne, graduated from Central Collegiate in 1946.
“It was a nice place to go to school,” he remembered fondly. “I had lots of friends. There was lots of sports. I was best in maths and science,” he said.
“There always seemed to be lots to do. On Friday afternoons they had a little program every couple of months. They would have different things like people performing an instrument. They called them LITS.”

After graduating, Phillips went on a hockey scholarship to the University of Michigan to study engineering.
“But engineering and I did not get along,” Phillips said. “So then I went to Assumption College in Windsor, now the University of Windsor, for three years and I took my bachelor of arts with a major in business administration.
“Then, after that, I went to the University of Saskatchewan and got my law degree,” he said.
“Then I came back to Moose Jaw and articled with my father who was a lawyer and I have been practising ever since.
“I followed in my father’s footsteps and I had no intention of that when I first started university,” Phillips recalled.

Phillips had his own law firm for awhile but in 1970, the Phillips Law Firm amalgamated with the Dubinsky Law Firm.
In 1975 Phillips worked for Fairford Industries Ltd. as a lawyer and head of finance. The company manufactured steel buildings.

In 1985 he went back into practice, opening the Lyle Phillips Law Office, first above the Royal Bank and then on Stadacona Street until July 2008. He then became associated with Chow McLeod on High Street West.
“I do not really want to retire,” he said.

Phillip’s daughter Debbie Cowan is the co-chairwoman for the Central Collegiate reunion. His son David, who lives in Calgary, is also planning to attend.
“I ’m looking forward to the reunion,” he said. “I think it will be fun. I do not know right now if many of my class are going.”

Registrations are still being accepted.


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