Scarrow and Dutchak’s lifetimes of achievement

Tyler Clarke
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Merely listing the most significant accomplishments of Jim Scarrow took Samuel McLeod Business Awards emcee Richard Ahenakew a few minutes.


“I was going to shorten it, but when you look at the individuals and what they’ve done for this community you’ll know why I’m going through all this,” Ahenakew said, finding a break in the list to explain things.

On Thursday, Scarrow joined Parkland Ambulance Care co-founder Barry Dutchak in receiving lifetime achievement awards during the Samuel McLeod Business Awards ceremony at the Art Hauser Centre.

In addition to serving as a two-term mayor of Prince Albert from 2006 to 2012, Scarrow has a long history in broadcasting under his belt, working in radio from the age of 15 in 1954 until his mayoral election.

During this time, Scarrow advanced from part-time radio operator to vice-president and general manager of Rawlco Radio in Prince Albert.   

A slew of additional contributions to the community highlighted Ahenakew’s introduction of Scarrow, with the long-time community steward having lent a hand to most of the city’s significant causes over the past few decades.

During this time, he became one of few Canadians to receive the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Awards for his contributions to the city and area.

“You can tell that I’ve been around the planet for quite a while,” Scarrow said with a laugh after Ahenakew’s introduction.

“Many of my mentors are here in this room, or have been a member of the chamber. It’s been my distinct pleasure to work with the chamber over a large number of years -- particularly the years as mayor, when we were able to accomplish so much.”

If you’ve got a Dutchak in your town, you’re doing pretty good. Jim Scarrow

Motioning to Dutchak, Scarrow said that he was proud to be given a lifetime achievement award on the same date as the Parkland Ambulance Care co-founder.

“If you’ve got a Dutchak in your town, you’re doing pretty good,” Scarrow concluded.

Dutchak started Parkland Ambulance Care with his brother, Wayne, in 1974.  

Their initial staff of two people with rudimentary training and technology has expanded and improved significantly over the years, Ahenakew relayed to Thursday’s audience.

“Barry’s caring, compassionate words and helping hands, the desire to help one’s fellow man is certain to always be present,” Ahenakew said.

Dutchak’s father, Michael, was also in the emergency services. When Dutchak received the Samuel McLeod Legacy Award in 2009, he relayed to the Daily Herald that his father told Wayne and himself that the key to a successful organization is its staff.

On Thursday, Dutchak mirrored his father’s advice, noting that it has been the dedicated group of people at Parkland Ambulance Care who have made the organization a success.

“It’s just a great group of kids that work for us in our industry, and the big joke is I’m the janitor, now,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people work for us -- a lot of good, good people.”

Organizations: Parkland Ambulance Care, Art Hauser Centre, Rawlco Radio Daily Herald

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  • David Tisdale
    April 18, 2014 - 21:43

    Now here is a man that, in my opinion certainly deserves recognition for a life of achievements. I don't think I know anyone that truly loved Prince Albert and its citizens as much as Jim did. Jim's endeavours and activities seemed to introduce him to almost everyone.. I was a naive young newly wed when I first bumped into Jim, working at CKBI. I was in awe of this star and all that I had heard about him growing up in Prince Albert. He was the mastermind, I felt, behind the early success of the Kinsmen Telemiracle - a hardworking driver that set the standard for those that followed. That was the glamorous part of Jim's career. Behind the scenes at CKBI, Jim was always mindful of the needs of the community that we served as broadcasters. What a legacy he has to be proud of, and I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to call him colleague and friend.

  • Jane Turgeon
    April 18, 2014 - 11:18

    Congratulations Jim! You were indeed a mentor for me the time that I spent at CKBI Radio and for that I thank you. I remember the greeting every morning "How you doing" and to this day I repeat that same phrase daily. You made an impact on me and many others .