Bryan Woods Memorial Lecture

Held in October, there is no charge to attend this annual lecture, however, donations to support the Bryan Woods Scholarship are greatly appreciated and can be made anytime throughout the year. Over $29,000 has been raised since 2011.


Bryan Woods was a skilled and respected clinician, teacher and leader in the field of social work. For three decades, Bryan was highly respected as someone who supported his clients and colleagues with understanding, kindness, patience, gentle strength, dependability, professionalism and wit. After leaving Child and Youth Mental Health Services in 2001, he became the Director and Professional Leader of Social Work for the then Saskatoon Health Region. Bryan lost his battle to cancer in October 2010, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2009, and plasma cell leukemia in February 2010. He dealt with his illness in the same way he approached many of life’s challenges: with focus, determination, and hope.

In honour of Woods’ life and work, a group of his colleagues, friends, and family sponsored a lecture series to raise funds for the Bryan Woods Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a social worker to assist with formal education or training to further his or her knowledge and skills in a specific area of practice.

The lecture series has featured such guests as the Honourable Roy Romanow, Stephen Lewis, Shan Landry, Perry Bellegarde, and Sherrill Miller. There is no charge to attend the lectures, but people are asked to consider making a charitable donation to support the Bryan Woods Memorial Scholarship.

You can contribute to the Bryan Woods Memorial Scholarship online or call the RUH Foundation at 306.655.1984.