Former U of L Pronghorns Athletic Director and coach Dr. Gary Bowie will receive the province's highest civilian honour this year.
Former University of Lethbridge Athletic Director Dr. Gary Bowie will become a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence this year. The Order is the province's highest civilian honour, recognizing those who've used their energy, ideas and abilities to strengthen communities and foster enhanced opportunities for Albertans. Bowie's accomplishments include being a founding member of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, the Lethbridge Sports Bid Committee and the Lethbridge Sport Council. He served four terms as U of L Athletic Director from 1970 to 1989. He remains a member of the Lethbridge Sport Council Board and is also the Chair of Social Housing in Action which works with the city to end homelessness. Past honours for Bowie include induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Lethbridge Pronghorn Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2007, Bowie was named Lethbridge Citizen of the Year. The Alberta Order of Excellence investiture ceremony will take place in Edmonton on October 19th, bringing the total membership to 165 people. - Tom Roulston