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Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Board – November 16, 2019, Back Row, Left to Right: Peter Folk, Chris Bencharski, Mervyn V. Welter, Harvey Granatier, Fr. Very Rev. Anthony F. Dizy, Joe Riffel, Brian Schatz, Gerry J. Gieni. Front Row: Marvin DeSchryver, Brad Lefebvre, Shawn Sherr. Missing board members are Ron Saretzky and Garth Herbert, Treasurer.

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port_harveygHarvey Granatier
President and CEO…
Harvey joined the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Board of Directors in 2006 and was elected President & CEO in 2008. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 25 years and is currently a 3rd degree member of Resurrection Council # 13214 and a 4th degree member of Father Huguonard Assembly #1064 both of Regina. Harvey had the privilege to serve as the Conferring Officer for the Major Degree Team from 1986 – 2011 (22 years). He currently delivers the Fraternal Charge for the Knighting Degree.

Harvey was employed for 35 years within the financial services industry He recently retired as CEO of Conexus Credit Union in Regina. He has also held positions on numerous Boards of Directors including Chair of the Board for Concentra Financial Group as well as Co-Operators Group of Companies.

Harvey currently resides in Regina together with his wife Donna. Their primary enjoyment involves spending time with their three adult children and six grandchildren. In addition, they enjoy golfing, fishing, travelling and relaxing at their cabin at the lake.
port_ftdizyVery Rev. Anthony F. Dizy
Fr. Tonny joined the Knights of Columbus (Council #5320) when he was Pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish (1977-1981). As Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Regina, he was instrumental in establishing a new Council in the Parish and became a founding member of Council #10797. He was received into the Dr. Riffel Fourth Degree Assembly and at present is a member of Fr. Gibney Council #9278. Fr. Tonny has held the position of State Chaplain for two years and has been Chaplain of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation since 2008.

Fr. Tonny has had a variety of interesting positions as a priest. He has been a Pastor in a number of parishes. He was a committee member responsible for developing the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry Program and became the first Director of the program. He was Director of the Pastoral Office of the Archdiocese of Regina and the first Director of the John Paul II Education and Formation Centre initiated in 1985. In 1997 Fr. Tonny was appointed Director of Personnel and Human Resources for the Archdiocese of Regina and prior to retirement, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Regina.
At one time, Fr. Tonny enjoyed downhill skiing and camping & hiking in the mountains, but with age catching up, now enjoys a calmer style of life and prefers to visit friends and family in southern USA during the Winter and to spend time at the cottage at Katepwa Lake in the Summer months.
port_mwelterMervyn V. Welter, B.A., B.ED, PSD
Vice President…
Mervyn is a retired schoolteacher and in-school administrator, employed for thirty years as a Saskatchewan educator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan as well as the Canadian Securities Course and the Professional Financial Planning Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

As a Knight of Columbus, Mervyn has served at the Council and State level in various portfolios, culminating as State Deputy from 1992-94. At the Fourth Degree level, he served as Master for Saskatchewan and Vice Supreme Master of the Simon Fraser Province (Western Canada). At the community level, Mervyn has served as a director on the boards of Battleford Catholic Family Services and Battlefords Credit Union.

Mervyn has been a member of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Board for twenty years. At the present time, he serves as Vice-President as well as Chairman of the Investment and Planned Giving Committees.
With his extensive background and experience, Mervyn is an avid supporter of the Foundation and offers his expertise to the Foundation Board in a spirit of charity, unity and fraternity.
port_blefebvreBrad Lefebvre
Brad was born in Humboldt and grew up in Englefeld, Sask. He is presently involved in the day to day operations of Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel in Humboldt, a business they opened in April of 1992. He is married to Wanda and they have two sons, Nathan and Landon. They enjoy a wide variety of activities, especially cross country skiing, canoeing, Bronco hockey games, and the great outdoors in general.

Brad joined the Knights of Columbus in Rosetown, in 1990, and now belongs to Council 1886 in Humboldt. More recently, in 2009, he joined the Abbot Severin Gertken 4th Degree Assembly 2166.. Brad and Wanda are also quite involved in their church, St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt.

“Our family loves living in Humboldt, and our doors are always open to family and friends”.
Directors 2Garth Herbert FCPA, FCA TreasurerGarth joined the Knights of Columbus through Holy Family in Regina (Council 10797). He has served on the executive of the Council in a number of positions including Grand Knight. He participated in the Regina Chapter of the Knights as both a member and as Treasurer. He has been involved in Holy Family Parish in many capacities including the Finance Council Chair, Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Chair and, most recently Stewardship Chair.

Garth has been involved with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan (now CPA Sask) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (now Diabetes Canada) in many capacities both culminating in being the Chair of the Board. He is currently employed with Saskatchewan Finance.

Garth and his wife Donna live and work in Regina with their twin boys. The family’s interest range from curling to music.
Directors 3Chris Bencharski
Immediate Past State Deputy and Director
Chris joined the Meadow Lake Council Knights of Columbus in 1984 and has served the council in a number of positions including Grand Knight.. He is a Fourth Degree member of Meadow Lake Assembly #2752. As District Deputy for District 19, Chris received the Star District Award three times and All-Star District Award once. He was elected to the State Board in 2010 and presently serves as State Secretary.

Chris and Pat have three children: Michael; Jaimie and Karen and grand-sons Roman and Tyson -the joy of their life..
Chris was a schoolteacher for over 30 years and after retiring as school principal in Rapid View, he and Pat began and still operate two businesses – Meadow River Market Garden and Meadow Lake Overhead Door Services. Chris and Pat are very active within their parish community in Meadow Lake as well.

Chris is a very active member of his community having held many leadership positions including Chairman of the Meadow Lake Winter Festival and President of the Meadow Lake Right to Life. His interests and hobbies include carpentry, gardening and landscaping, fishing, camping, hunting, and coin collecting.
Directors 4Shawn Sherr
port_mdeschryverMarvin DeSchryver, PSD
Marvin joined the Denzil Council #3920 in 1978. He served in most executive positions in his Council including Grand Knight. In 1998 Marvin joined the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation. He served in all the State Board positions including State Deputy from 2006-08.. Marvin joined the Fr. Schweers Assembly #1425 of the Fourth Degree in 1998.

Marvin’s job with Sask Power as District Operator brought him and his wife Pat to Denzil in 1974. In 1978 they purchased some farmland West of town where they moved with their four children. Since all the children are now grown and away from home, both Marvin and Pat are fully involved in their church and community as well as the Denzil KC Council and CWL.

Marvin and Pat both love singing, curling and playing cards with the neighbors. Their nine grandchildren are the light of their eyes and they love to spend time with them. They are especially proud of their two grandsons who have entered the Seminary with the “Companions of the Cross”.
saretzky-croppedRonald Saretzky
Ronald Saretzky was born in Meacham, SK on May 23, 1945 to parents Nick & Olga. He took his grade 1 in a one room country school named Forest Grove, grades 2 – 11 in Meacham SK and completed grade 12 in Viscount SK. Ron continued his education by attending the University of Saskatchewan from 1965-1970 obtaining his Bachelor of Law Degree. He has been an active member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan since 1971 and is still practicing law as a general practitioner in Nipawin, SK.
Ron is a parishioner at St. Eugene Church in Nipawin. He is a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member in the Nipawin Council, he is currently the Grand Knight and has been a director of the foundation since 2013.
Ron and his wife Sorena have a daughter, Melanie and two grandchildren, Seth and Jade.
Ron is active in the community and is an avid golfer and curler. He has attended the Knights of Columbus State Curling and Golf tournaments for the past 30 years. His curling team skipped by Brother Knight Walter Nyuli won state curling 3 times.
Ron is also an active supporter of Knights of Columbus Insurance and state and local charity projects.
Directors 5Joe Riffel State Deputy and
Joseph Riffel was born in Regina, Dec 1970, but raised in Saskatoon. He attended BJM High School, and then attended the UofS for a couple years. Things weren’t going to plan, so he moved on. He worked for various companies, moving up as able, then moving on as promotions topped-out. In the mid-90’s, he met a lovely woman, Tracy. They have been married since 1999, having 2 children: John & Rayann. Currently he works for BN Steel & Metals, overseeing the operation of a metal shredder and non-ferrous metal recovery system. The family attends ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ parish; serving at the parish as needed.

Joe joined the Knights of Columbus October 20/03, joining Council #10587 – St Augustine. He took his 2nd & 3rd Degree March 7/04 in Regina, in the presence of his Grand Father, Fr John Riffel (FSC, FDM, PSD). He joined the Council Executive of #10587 as Outside Guard July/04. And then things took off from there. Effective July/05, was elected Deputy Grand Knight and effective July/06, was elected Grand Knight. Then served as a Trustee, and as well as Council Youth Director. He is active in many council activities: Basketball Free throw, past Bingo Captain, annual parish breakfasts, fundraisers, organizing the children’s programs for the State Conventions in S’toon, etc.
He joined the 4th Degree November 12/05 (D’Arcy McGee assembly #1065), serving since as Sentinel on the Executive. He also serves a member of the Honour Guard, and assists at many Exemplifications as needed.
Larry Packet
Larry Packet
Larry Packet, State Secretary and
My involvement with the Knights of Columbus has been both extensive and satisfying. I have
chaired the organizing committee for midterm meetings in Davidson on several occasions. I am
a member of the Special Olympics committee. I visit shut-ins on a regular basis. My recent
experience of delivering wheel chairs in Costa Rica has had a profound effect on me.
I have found the Knights of Columbus to be very rewarding. The spiritual growth, the church
involvement, the charity work, the influence of elders, and the chance to make a difference has
moulded me into the man I have become today. In 100 years it won’t matter how much money
I had, the kind of car I drove, or what house I lived in. What will matter is what I did to make a
positive difference in this world. Today I am a better father because I cared about my church,
my country, my family, my community and all this was possible because I BELONGED TO THE
I am very proud to say that I am Catholic man, a Knight of Columbus, and a proud Canadian. I
am very proud of my accomplishments to date with the Knights and I cherish the friendships
I’ve made with the people I have met within the councils.
Directors 6SK Gerry J. Gieni
Executive Secretary
Brother Gerry is well suited for the challenges given his 34 years as a 3rd Degree and 32 years as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, recently retiring from a lengthy career as an executive manager, including the last 21 years serving as the chief financial officer with the Moose Jaw Catholic School Board.

Brother Gerry has served the Father Lawless Council #1534, Moose Jaw in most Officer positions and is a Past Grand Knight. Currently he is a CO with the Sask State Ceremonials Team (3rd Degree Team) and DGK on the Council Admission Degree Team. He is also presently the Financial Secretary for the Father Lawless Council #1534.

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