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Delage, Maurice Allan - 2012
Delahey, Marjorie Elizabeth - 2002
Delury, Abigail - 2005
Dixon, Sophia Hansine - 1994
Dosman, James A. - 2011
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Ducie, Alma Helene - 1991
Dunning, Charles Avery - 1973
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Portrait

Sophia Hansine Dixon

Sophia Dixon, who won a Governor-General"s "Personsî award in 1979 for her contributions to the status of rural women, was born in a peasant village on the Island of Fyn, Denmark, April 1, 1900. Her family immigrated to Kerrobert in 1911. There she worked as a domestic, attended school and obtained the Governor-General"s medal for the highest marks in the province for grade 10.

With grade 11 standing she took three months at Saskatoon Normal School and then taught in rural schools from 1917-21. Her other formal education included a business college course in Regina and, later, when she moved to Saskatoon, she finished her grade 12 and took two years toward her arts degree.

Sophia married Charles Dixon of Tramping Lake in 1921 and raised four children but yet she still actively promoted women"s causes and worked for rural organizations. She was elected the Woman President of the United Farmers of Canada, Saskatchewan Section in 1933. When the family moved to Unity she helped organize the Unity Co-operative Association and Unity Credit Union. In 1941 she was elected President of the Swarthmore District Homemakers" Clubs.

She supported the Women"s International League for Peace and Freedom, sought medicare through the State Hospital and Medical League and advocated birth control despite opposition from some other farm leaders who feared the issue would cause a loss of membership in their organizations. In 1933 she was a Saskatchewan representative at the founding convention of the CCF and contributed to the final wording of the Regina Manifesto.

Sophia wrote letters and articles for Violet McNaughton in The Western Producer about world peace, medicare, education and on the need for information on birth control. She won provincial awards for her essays on education.

When she moved her children to Saskatoon in 1941 to advance their education she continued advocating social change. When the Saskatchewan Farmers Union was formed she organized a local in Saskatoon. She was elected a director of the SFU and crossed swords with both President Joe Phelps and Women"s President Bernice Norman on their plan for "discount buyingî through a tire company in competition with co-operatives.

Sophia was the first woman to serve as electoral returning officer for Saskatoon. Her success led Saskatchewan Government Insurance to ask her to wind down the financially troubled Western Export-Import Company that had been importing Lanz tractors. Her actions were questioned in a debilitating court case that dragged on for 17 years but she eventually won on appeal and was awarded costs by the Supreme Court.

When she was presented with the "Personsî award by Governor-General Schreyer in 1979, the citation hailed her "outstanding work in support of the co-operative movement and of rural women"s organizations."

Sophia Dixon was in the midst of writing her memoirs when she died April 15, 1994.

 

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