Edwards, Donna- 2017
Edwards, George F. - 1984
Elder, Harry-Jae - 1999
Eliason, Frank - 1973
As a seed grower, business woman and tireless community advocate, Donna Edwards has benefited agriculture and the rural way of life at the local, provincial and national levels.
Born at Nokomis in 1949, Donna obtained her primary and secondary education in her home town. She works in partnership with her husband and two sons in their 4000 acre grain and pedigreed seed farm and commercial cow-calf operation at Nokomis. She has been instrumental in the success of the pedigreed seed business at Edwards Farm Company, Ltd., formerly known as Beeler Seeds. Donna is also a shareholder in FP Genetics.
Donna was elected to the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Seed Growers’ Association in 1995 and became the association’s president in 2001, the first woman in Canada to serve the pedigreed seed industry in this capacity. Donna led the SSGA with distinction through a two-year term.
Donna represented the SSGA on a range of organizations and committees including Crop Production Week, Seager Wheeler Pedigreed Seed Show, Seed Industry Advisory Committee, Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification, Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and Canadian Western Agribition Grain and Forage Show.
In 2006, Donna received the Outstanding Service Award from the SSGA for her dedication to the pedigreed seed industry. The following year, she received the Robertson Associate Award from the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association.
In 2008, Donna was elected to represent Saskatchewan on the CSGA board of directors and was a well-respected presence on the national board.
At the local level, Donna’s passion for preserving the rural lifestyle and attracting and retaining youth in agriculture has been the driving force behind the Nokomis Early Learning Centre which provides professional childcare to the area.
She has a long and active record of service to her community, including 4-H and the Nokomis Agriculture Society. From 1981 to 2013, she owned Buds and Blossom’s flower shop in Nokomis with her sister Darlene Jones and in 1987 Donna received the Kinette Diamond Award for Service.