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Palmer, John Stanley - 1976
Partridge, Edward Alexander - 1972
Patterson, Cecil Frederick - 1973
Pattillo, Margaret H. - 1990
Pavlychenko, Thomas Karp - 1976
Pedersen, Gunnar Heg - 2007
Phelps, Joseph Lee - 1982
Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel - 2009
Poirier, Elaine Lucie - 2006
Porter, Albert John - 1987
Possberg, Florian - 2016
Potter, Evelyn Joan - 2011
Pugh, Roy McLean - 1981

Portrait Evelyn Joan Potter

Evelyn Potter actively encouraged farm women to become more involved in debating issues and formulating policies on an equal footing with men and she led by example.

She was born Evelyn Joan Pedrotti in 1926 on a dairy farm near Guernsey, Saskatchewan. She attended Clover Bar School near Guernsey for her primary education and later took Grades 9 and 10 through correspondence. She moved to Saskatoon to attend Sion Catholic School where she completed Grades 11 and 12. She took a job as a telephone operator in Saskatoon in 1943 and worked there for two years. Evelyn married Douglas H. Potter in 1946. In 1951, she and her husband began farming on Doug's grandparent's farm near Biggar.

She became an active partner on the farm and also became active in community affairs. They joined the Saskatchewan Farmers Union and she went on to assume a leadership role becoming District Women's Director, then Women's Vice-President and finally Women's President.

When the SFU merged with three other provincial farmers unions in 1969 to form a national organization, Evelyn Potter was elected the founding Women's President of the National Farmers Union. It was a credit to her leadership abilities and vision that she received the support of farmers across the country.

She represented the SFU and NFU on the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) and led delegations of Canadian farm women to conferences in Lansing, Michigan and Perth, Australia. She was a committee member of the 1983 ACWW conference in Vancouver.

She served on the Canada Council for Rural Development, the Canadian Environmental Advisory Council and the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Council.

Evelyn was a strong advocate for women's rights and throughout her long involvement with farm organizations and community groups she worked hard to change policies that were inherently unfair to women. The issue of matrimonial property rights and the advocacy of equality for women within marriage was a major focus. The enactment of Matrimonial Property Rights legislation in Saskatchewan in 1980 was a direct result of that advocacy over many years.

Evelyn Potter helped lay the foundation for equality of women in farm organizations, rural communities and the nation as a whole.

Sponsored for Induction in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2011 by
the National Farmers Union

 

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