Ben Buhler was presented with the 2018 Osler Citizen of the Year award at a ceremony at Osler School in late December.
In awarding the honour, Osler Mayor Abe Quiring said Buhler has always been very involved in the community, even years ago, while farming on the outskirts of Osler.
“Ben Buhler has always actively worked for the betterment of the community,” said Quiring. “In the mid-1960s he was among the many Osler residents who volunteered to help build the Diamond Arena in Warman.”
During the 1980s and 1990s, Buhler was a key part of the Osler Farmers’ Competition, which took place at Osler’s annual Sports Dayfor several years.
Buhler was involved with the construction of the Osler Ball Diamond.
In 2005 Buhler was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and in 2012 he was nominated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to be the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Buhler also was on Osler Town Council for four years and then was Mayor for 13 years. During this time he sat on the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Executive as the Director for Towns.
He has been involved with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority for many years and continues to do so today. He also currently sits on the Board of Bethany Manor in Saskatoon.
Buhler is the Chair of the Osler Events Committee. The two big events that this group plans annually include the Canada Day festivities on July 1 and The Lord of the Sausage Rings culinary competition in November.
“This latter event was actually Ben’s brainchild and, as suspected, the event is very popular and gets better every year,” said Quiring.
Buhler is also very involved in his church and delights folks with his musical talents every chance he gets. He has been involved and engaged in his community all the years he’s been living in Osler, and to this day continues to do so.
“If I were to mention everything this man has done, I would be here all night,” said Quiring. “It cannot be more obvious that he loves this town and always wants what is best for our town. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.”