Ruth Horlick (née Hood) was born in Toronto on September 25, 1919, and educated at Queen’s University and Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing. She took post-graduate training in psychiatric nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, in Denver and in Washington, DC, before moving to Saskatoon in 1954. While she raised her family of four sons, she became involved in psychiatric group therapy on a volunteer basis at the University of Saskatchewan and in the McKerracher Centre, a psychiatric day-care unit, and then resumed her career in 1977 at the Royal University Hospital. She helped form the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, and was a volunteer tutor at the Regional Psychiatric Centre as well as a board member of the Crocus Co-op for ex-psychiatric patients.
Ruth Horlick’s volunteer commitments included: honorary patron of the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery; president of the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary; first president of the Saskatoon Symphony Volunteers; and board member of the Meewasin Foundation. She received a National Volunteer Award in 1988, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1989, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2000.