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Oddie, Emmie - 1983
Olafson, Olaf - 1973
Oxner, Bertha - 1987

PortraitEmmie Oddie

Extension home economist, newspaper columnist and farm leader, Emmie Ducie was born and raised on a farm near Dundurn. She took her elementary schooling at Coates School near Dundurn, receiving the lieutenant-governorís medal in grade eight. Most of her high school was obtained by correspondence courses. At age 16 she obtained her Associate certificate from the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Emmie obtained her household science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, 1941, and her master's degree in home economics from Washington State University, 1943.

After a yearís employment as nutritionist with the Toronto branch of the Canadian Red Cross, Emmie returned in 1944 to the University of Saskatchewan as supervisor of girlsí work.

In 1946 she married Langford Oddie, an agricultural representative, and moved with him to Assiniboia. There she became active in Womenís Institute work and that same year she had her first byline in The Western Producer.

Emmie Oddie began her regular column, "Iíd Like to Know," in 1949. For more than 30 years she provided nutritional, domestic and social advice to rural homemakers through The Western Producer. In 1949 Emmie and Langford moved to the Oddie family farm at Milestone and a year later also acquired their present farm at Tregarva. Emmie was first president of the Tregarva Homemakers Club, later becoming president of Regina-Moose Jaw District Womenís Institutes. She rose to the presidency of Saskatchewan Wls, 1973-75, and president of the Federated Womenís Institutes of Canada, 1979-82. She is an honorary life member of Saskatchewan WI. She organized Valleyview 4-H Homecraft Club and served nine years as 4-H leader. She was active in the Saskatchewan and Canadian Home Economics Association and in 1982 received the honor award from the Canadian association.

Emmie Oddie served from 1953-61 on the Saskatchewan Arts Board, from 1964-80 on the Saskatchewan Milk Control Board, from 1976-77 on the Saskatchewan council, Status of Women, and on the faculty of Home Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 1969-73.

Internationally she represented Canadian WIs at Associated Country Women of the World congresses in Perth, Australia, Hamburg, Germany and Vancouver.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1983
by the Saskatchewan Women’s Institutes, Western Producer
Publications and Saskatchewan Home Economics Association."

 

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