Remembering Peter Zakreski
Peter Zakreski, MC, was known for the “twinkle in his eye” and his reputation as a community volunteer who got things done. He had a long career with Federated Cooperatives, served as a City Councilor and as a citizenship judge, and worked in dozens of community roles, including the Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus. He worked with Saskatoon Community Foundation as a creator and long-term Advisory Committee Chair of the James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family.
Peter was recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada; received the Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the CFQC Citizen of the Year Award, the B’nai Brith We’re Proud of You Award, the USask Humanitarian Award, the St. Thomas More Distinguished Graduate Award; and was inducted
to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.
Peter and Elaine Zakreski received the Saskatchewan Red Cross Humanitarian Award for their charitable work in Malawi. Their foundation, the Hope for Malawi Foundation, has built schools, churches, bridges, wells, and a medical clinic in Malawi. The Peter and Elaine Zakreski Fund for Single Parent Education at Saskatoon Community Foundation has granted nearly $59,000 since 2005 and is just one piece of his legacy. Today, a park in Saskatoon’s Stonebridge neighborhood bears Peter’s name: a true ‘gentle’ man, whose story will never end.
To donate to the Elaine and Peter Zakreski Family Fund in Support of Single Parent Education visit their fund page.