Former SaskParty MLA June Draude was on hand to receive a special plaque, after the Oxford House Society of Regina named one of their two new houses after her on Tuesday.
The June House and Richards Place make up the five Oxford Homes in Regina that are post-treatment recovery homes for individuals to recover from alcoholism and drug addictions.
Blair Pope, Oxford’s Executive Director said Draude played a large role in getting the first Oxford homes up and running when she was in government.
“She was instrumental in getting us on the map in the first place as far as government was concerned. She had an open mind and an open heart, and she was the individual who we appealed to at the time to get the ball rolling in Saskatchewan,” Pope said
The second house is named after Jimmy and Rebecca Richards who brought the Oxford concept to Regina from Calgary.
Draude retired from politics after the 2016 provincial election. She was first elected as a liberal in 1995 but joined other Liberals and Progressive Conservatives to found the SaskParty in 1997.
She served as the MLA for Kelvington-Wadena, in 2007, and was appointed Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations and Minister for Northern Affairs. In 2009, Draude was appointed Provincial Secretary and Minister Responsible for the Crown Corporations, Saskatchewan Government Insurance, the Information Technology Office, and the Public Service Commission.
Draude was also named Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and the Public Service Commission during her time in government.