After earning a PHD in neuropsychology and over 40 years of study and academic research, teaching and administration at the University of Alberta, Princeton University and the University of Stockholm, Dr Lechelt retired to Vancouver in 2003 with his wife of 53 years, Sandy. He moved from Edmonton (U of A) where he served multiple terms as Chair of the Psychology Department and as Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee of Chairs and leadership positions on many other university committees. He published over 75 articles and presented over 100 papers at Conferences throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and won teaching awards at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
He served as Chair of Boards with the Good Samaritan Society and Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta Division of the CNIB and Vice Chair of the National CNIB Board in Toronto, National Chair of the E. A. Baker Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, and as a board member on numerous social service agencies, and over a dozen professional associations. This volunteer service was recognized by being awarded the National Award of Merit by the Prime Minister, and the Distinguished Service Award and President’s Silver Medal from the CNIB for the national and international scope of this work.
At present he continues to volunteer as a Director of Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility, committee memberships with CNIB, Co Chair of the strata council where he lives, and as Elder at his church. He and Sandy cherish time with their son, David, an ER physician and wife, Sarah, as they facilitate their sons Noah, Nicholas and Nathan’s pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, and social conscience.