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Nelson, Walter Charles (Wally) - 2015
Neufeld, Heinrich Gerhard - 2006
Nollett, Isidore Charles "Toby" - 1975
Norman, Bernice - 1992

PortraitBernice Norman

Bermice Norman, farm leader and hard-driving organizer, was born in 1916 at Flaxcombe. Her schooling was obtained at Cranbrook, B.C., where her Baptist minister father served a pastorate until retiring with his family to Saskatchewan in 1933, settling on a farm near Paddockwood.

She was a driving force behind the province-wide buildup in the Saskatchewan Farmers Union in the early 1950s, working in tandem with J.L. Phelps and his successor, Fred Woloshyn. She travelled the province exhorting farmers to fight for a fair return on their products. Farmers responded and membership in the SFU rose to nearly 50,000 by 1955 when she left the position of provincial organizer to focus on Farmers Income Tax services.

Bernice Norman was elected president of the womenís section of the SFU and also served as secretary of the Interprovincial Farm Union Council (forerunner of the National Farmers Union) and of the Farmer Labor Economic Council. She represented SFU women at the Associated Country Women of the World.

While with the SFU she prepared many position papers on farm policy to present to government and opposition members and, in several instances, made the presentations.

Although she is chiefly known for her untiring work for the Saskatchewan Farmers Union, Bernice Norman was deeply involved in a range of community and provincial organizations. She was founder of the Paddockwood Home and School Association, convener of arts and literature for the Saskatchewan Homemakers, a director of the Prince Albert Agricultural Society, a member of the provincial youth training committee, founding director of the Paddockwood Credit Union and a member of the advisory council of the Prince Albert Health Region.

Bernice Norman was a strong advocate of better living conditions for farm families and better work environment for farm laborers. She also advocated better education for rural youth.

When her family moved to Saskatoon Bernice Norman continued as an active person in the community, helping organize the pioneer recognition event, Pion-Era, serving as president of the Soroptimist Club and as Western Canadian Regional Arts chairman.

"Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1992
by the Saskatchewan Women’s institutes, District 8,
National Farmers Union and the RM of Paddockwood No. 520"

 

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