Through our subsidiary Benchmark Press, we were honoured to work with Saskatchewan author Jack Boan to help bring his book project to life: Spaces to Fill: And a Century To Do It.
In this autobiography, Boan shares the story of his incredible life that has spanned 100 years.
In April 1917, Canadians fought and won the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an event that has come to symbolize Canada’s coming of age as a nation. In December of that same year, on a small farm near Briercrest, Saskatchewan, Jack Boan – the eldest son of Anglo-Scottish immigrants – was born. In many respects, the intervening years have been both Boan’s and Canada’s century, as the man and the nation grew, matured and flourished together.
In World War II, Boan enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where his boyhood interest in radios led to training in wireless and surveillance operations and a posting on Vancouver Island. Following the War, the Veteran’s Rehabilitation Act allowed him to attend university and ultimately to attain his doctorate in Agricultural Economics—an opportunity which would have been unthinkable for a farm boy in the pre-War years. Boan met, and married, Jean Campbell, and together they raised a daughter and two sons. In the years that followed, Boan’s career was exceptionally varied. In the 1950s, he worked with the Federal government in Ottawa. In 1960 he was appointed to the Royal Commission on Health Services (better known as theHall Commission), which would be instrumental in establishing Medicare in Canada. From there, he moved on to become a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, the forerunner of the University of Regina.
He was a popular professor of economics and committed to the liberal arts, academic freedom and collegial decision making. Postretirement, when many people slow down, Boan seemed to accelerate. In the ensuing years, through his interest in health care economics, and later in the plight of refugees, he has touched innumerable lives.
Spaces to Fill: And a Century To Do It retails for $25 and is available online at www.benchmarkpress.ca and through select retailers. A book launch will be taking place at Campion College on Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m., featuring John Meehan and Vianne Timmons. For more information visit https://www.uregina.ca/events/book-launch-dr-jack-boans-spaces-to-fill-and-100-years-to-do-it.