Mr. Speaker, Saskatoon's business community is mourning the loss of a pioneer, Shirley Ryan. The former executive director of the North Saskatoon Business Association passed away last Monday.
Shirley had held the post for 19 years on her retirement in 2009. According to the current executive director Keith Moen, Shirley Ryan's tenacity and leadership helped propel the NSBA.
Shirley always told people exactly what was on her mind and in very plain terms. She was also one of the kindest, sweetest, sincerest ladies that one could ever meet. She had a heart of gold. She touched so many lives in our community and will be missed, without question.
Shirley Ryan is survived by her husband Bill and by her sons Robert and Peter. A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. at Prairieland Park.