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Pat Reis, B.A. Political Science (Regina), LL.B. (Saskatchewan)

Judge, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan

Pat Reis

Pat graduated from Campion College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979.

Pat Reis embodies the values, education and humanitarianism that came from his days at Campion. He is part of the Campion community in a large part because of the generations before him. His grandfather came up with the $300 annual fee needed to send his son, Hank (who eventually became a teacher), to Campion High School for Grades 11 and 12.

Pat became one of his father's students at Campion High School. Now Pat's son, Ethan, attends the college. "I believe that I received a great education as well as a sound spiritual direction. I also made many lifelong friends there", says Pat.

His early spiritual journey was influenced at Campion by men like Father Toth, a guidance counsellor who, like many Jesuits, was committed "to the development of their students in mind, body and spirit -to fairness, to helping those less fortunate than ourselves and to public service".

From 1975 to 1979, Pat worked on his degree in Political Science and English, yet his days also included athletics ...mixed with a lot of fun with his classmates: celebrating wins at flag football, hockey and shuffleboard - cheered on by their biggest fans, the Jesuits.

Pat confides that he was a big fan of Mrs. Leibel who helped him navigate his class choices. "She always provided me with cheerful help, direction and the encouragement that I needed. Numerous friends and I still laugh about how we wouldn't have our degrees if not for Mrs.Leibel!”

Pat has enjoyed many milestone achievements: graduating law school, becoming a defence lawyer with the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission in La Ronge, then in Regina for many years. In 2013, he was appointed as a Provincial Court Judge in Yorkton.

Pat is the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan's representative to the Canadian Bar Association and also sits on the Court's Aboriginal Communities Committee. In these roles he works on the issues of access to justice (regardless of a person's education, social or economic status) and reconciliation, including the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report and their recommendations in relation to the justice system and the Aboriginal community.

From Elders in the Aboriginal community, Pat has learned patience in moving forward on these deeply embedded issues in Canada's history. From their wisdom he's learned that it took seven generations to end up in the state in which our society finds itself, and it will take seven more generations to heal from those spiritual, social, and psychological wounds.