Saskatchewan MLA, former Regina sportscaster Derek Meyers passes away after battle with cancer

Courtesy: Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan

Derek Meyers, a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Regina Walsh Acres, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Meyers was 45 years old.

“Today is a difficult day as we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague. We have lost a bright, talented, personable MLA and a young father far too soon. I am blessed to have known Derek for the short time that I did,” Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“Through all of the challenges he faced, Derek remained one of the most upbeat and positive people I have ever met. Since his election in 2020, Derek has been a strong voice for his constituency and the city of Regina, a tireless advocate on behalf of everyone facing mental health challenges and a vital part of our government caucus.”

“On behalf of our government and our province, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Derek’s many friends, his partner Laurie, and his children Dayn, Sebastian and Eisley.”

Before embarking on a political career, Meyers spent a decade as a sports reporter and anchor for Global News in Regina where he covered the green and white CFL franchise for many years. He was raised on a grain farm by Midale and became a household name in the Queen City.

“The Saskatchewan Roughriders are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Derek Meyers at just 45 years old. Prior to running for office, Meters spent a decade covering sports in the province of Saskatchewan and spent countless hours with us at Moscia Stadium telling stories of our players, coaches and team,” the Riders wrote in a statement.

“His quick wit, sense of humour and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. On behalf of Rider Nation, we send out heartfelt condolences to his friends and family, including his children Dayn, Sebastian, Eisley, and his partner Laurie.”