2019 marked thirty years of organ donation in Saskatchewan health care.
To celebrate this special occasion, the Saskatchewan Health Authority donor program purchased a dedicated green space in a scenic Saskatoon park to honour donors and their families over the last three decades.
Located in Meewasin Park adjacent to Royal University Hospital and the South Saskatchewan River, the spot is publicly accessible and includes a silver maple tree, a commemorative plaque, and a bench—perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of the scenic river valley.
“We don’t often get the chance to say ‘thank you’ to families for their gifts, or to the donors themselves for their gifts of life or sight,” said Rene Keller, co-ordinator for the SHA donor program.
“We thought that having this site near our city’s beautiful river as a dedication or a memorial to those people would be perfect. It’s right behind one of our main hospitals, and it’s a place for not only donor families and ourselves to come, but it’s a place for the public to come and reflect and say ‘thank you’ to the gifts that were given.”
Meewasin Valley Authority held its annual dedication ceremony in June, highlighting this donation. This year’s ceremony was held virtually via
Meewasin’s YouTube channel.