Lemuel Boyd’s enthusiasm for life is contagious and his contribution to the community is reflected in his life’s work. His involvement with Sea Cadets as a young boy and later with the University Naval Training Division, enabled him to develop his skills as both a marksman and public speaker. Throughout his high school years he played football and was involved in drama. He is a self confessed “ham.”
Lem was encouraged to study engineering which he did for a couple of years before deciding it really wasn’t for him. After working around Edmonton for a couple of years unsure of what to do he decided to return to the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in psychology and sociology. This led to his first job in Saskatchewan as a Probation Officer. After two years he took another position as a Child Protection Officer. These experiences confirmed his commitment to helping others and he returned to University once again. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s in Social Work.
Lem returned to Saskatchewan and in 1967 became the Supervisor of Family Services and Public Assistance. This was the beginning of a long and distinguished career with the Government of Saskatchewan. He accepted early retirement in 1987 to take on another leadership role within the not-for-profit community, as Executive Director of the Phoenix Residential Society. The society focuses on keeping people with long-term mental illness in their homes and offers special programs for them. Almost fifteen years later he retired in 2001.
Lem married Carol LaFayette in 1984.
Life in Saskatchewan
Moved to Sask. in 1962
Law Enforcement, Social Services
22 March 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta