Jack and Sylvia Vicq were both born in Saskatchewan and have lived in the province all their lives. Their gift to Saskatoon Community Foundation will support programs primarily for children and youth.
Both Jack’s family and Sylvia’s family moved to Saskatoon in the late ’50s and coincidentally, ended up living across the lane from each other. Jack and Sylvia met because their parents were neighbors but a shared passion for the Saskatchewan Roughriders eventually brought them together. They were married in 1967 and have two children, both graduates of the University of Saskatchewan. They have two grandsons and three granddogs!
Sylvia Vicq, daughter of Ken and Charlotte Bentley, was born in North Battleford, lived in many communities in the province but graduated from high school in Meadow Lake. In 1952, she contracted paralytic poliomyelitis, an event that left her disabled. Her education was temporarily disrupted but she graduated from the College of Education in 1960 with a major in Home Economics. She taught for several years – both elementary and high school. After marriage in 1967, Sylvia became a full-time homemaker, mother and community volunteer. About 1978, she returned to the workforce part-time as a substitute teacher, teacher aide, and census taker and in 1984 became Administrative Director of READ Saskatoon – a position she held until retirement in 1996. Sylvia’s volunteer activities have included Home and School, classroom tutoring, Girl Guides, United Church of Canada and the Saskatoon Health Region.
Jack Vicq, son of Norman and Berta Vicq, was born in Regina but grew up in North Battleford. Jack graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1961 and a Master of Science (Accounting) in 1968. In 1963, he became a Chartered Accountant and in 1997, an FCA. In 1967, Jack began a 33-year career teaching in the College of Commerce. From 1993 -98, Jack served as Associate Dean of the College and as Director of the Centre for International Business Studies. Because Tax Policy is Jack’s specialty, he has been involved in several reviews/commissions/studies on this subject both locally and provincially, beginning in 1963. In 2007, Jack retired as a member of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Board of Directors. He was Chair of that Board’s Audit Committee for 18 years. Jack’s volunteer activities have included Scouts Canada, United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Meewasin Valley Authority and Jubilee Residences Inc.
During the ’90s, Jack and Sylvia entertained many international visitors from Japan, Malaysia, Russia and Kyrgyzstan who were involved in U. of S. programs. They have many mutual interests – jazz, classical music, reading, politics, wine, gardening, football, family, travel, and Waskesiu.
The Vicq family has benefited from the many opportunities Saskatoon offers and it is important to them that more families are able to take advantage of the opportunities in this great city.