Robert Hutchins once wrote: “Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.”
Ray and Helen (Lane) Fast were raised in the Aberdeen district and got to know each other as children. However, it wasn’t until Helen was graduating from City Hospital as a Registered Nurse and Ray was graduating with his Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan that their interest in each other blossomed into marriage. Later, with support from Helen, Ray was able to pursue additional post secondary education. In 1968, Ray graduated with his Ph.D. degree in Administration and Helen received her P.H.T. (Putting Hubby Through) from the President of the Pennsylvania State University. Their two children, Lori and Garry, were raised in Saskatoon and received their first degrees from the University of Saskatchewan as well.
This bursary is administered through the Nutana Park Mennonite Church annually.