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Sanderson, Leot H. - 1983
Sawyer, Colleen Janet - 2003
Sefton, David Bruce - 2014
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Simpson, Edith Child Rowles - 1981
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South, Gordon Archibald - 1982
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Spence, George - 1974
Spinks, John William Tranter - 1982
Stephenson, Gordon - 2011
Stevenson, William Garfield - 2003
Strudwick, Geoffrey M. - 1998
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PortraitColleen Janet Sawyer

Colleen Sawyer, a key figure in the development of Saskatchewan 's sheep industry, was born in Saskatoon April 1, 1943 . She was raised on a mixed farm near Warman, took public schooling at Brownell School in her home district and high school in Saskatoon .

She was involved in 4-H Dairy for many years and showed cattle for other producers in the area. She married David Sawyer in 1960. They bought their first sheep in 1969 and eventually ran as many as 400 commercial ewes and 50 head of cattle. She organized and led the first 4-H Sheep Project in the Saskatoon area. She participated in many sheep judging competitions throughout the province. After her husband's untimely death in a farm accident Colleen was left as the sole support for three young children.

She began to specialize in purebred sheep and also started butchering lambs on the farm mostly for sale to urban dwellers. Her success with her purebred flock led her to become involved in showing and judging sheep across Canada . She exported animals to Mexico and the United States .

She chaired the Saskatchewan Sheep Breeders Association and served on the Record of Production (ROP) Committee. She represented Saskatchewan on the board of the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association.

She helped start the Vanscoy Sheep and Wool Fair before it was moved to Lloydminster and then Assiniboia as the Grasslands Sheep Exhibition. This became a major promotion device for Saskatchewan 's purebred sheep. Colleen participated in the Canadian Western Agribition for 30 years as a volunteer, exhibitor, and, in some years, a judge. She served as director of the Saskatchewan Sheep and Wool Commission and in 1989 became manager of the Sheep Development Board, a position she held for 10 years. Later Colleen became manager of marketing and extension for the Sheep Board.

In 1991 Colleen received a Canadian Sheep Breeders Award recognizing her contribution to the purebred industry.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2003
by the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association, Saskatchewan
Sheep Breeders Association, Saskatchewan
Sheep Development Board and
Canadian Western Agribition

 

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