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

PortraitWalter Charles (Wally) Nelson

Over his lifetime, Wally Nelson, born and raised on a grain farm two miles north of Avonlea, has been a farmer, mechanic, farm equipment dealer and automotive dealer as well as being a tireless champion for Saskatchewan agriculture and agribusiness.

In 1947, Wally received a Journeyman Mechanic Certificate in Motor Engineering at Balfour Technical School in Regina. In 1959, with the help of a couple good friends, he established a John Deere dealership in Avonlea. A General Motors dealership followed.

In 1969, he was founding president of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association (now the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association) and served five years at the helm. He and like-minded producers worked for a more market responsive regulatory environment for the grain industry ? one that would allow it to be more business oriented and profitable.

Wally was part of the campaign, spanning more than three decades, to gain grain marketing freedom for prairie farmers. He also fought for protein grading of wheat, unit trains and the retention of producer cars.

He continued his involvement in the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association as a senior advisor for many years. He helped revive the organization when it nearly went under in 2003.

Wally was also instrumental in the building of Weyburn Inland Terminal, the first farmer owned and managed terminal in the province. Wally and more than 1,000 other farmer shareholders invested in the project in an effort to improve the grain handling and transportation system of the 1970s. Through the years, other communities followed WIT?s lead, building their own facilities with economies of scale and leading edge technology.

The John Deere business he was so instrumental in building in Avonlea subsequently expanded to a number of locations in southern Saskatchewan. As a dealer, he was renowned for his integrity, fair dealing and high principles.

Wally Nelson has been a leader, always ahead of the curve, accepting and driving new developments to the benefit of producers.

Sponsored for induction to theSaskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2015 by:
Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

 

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