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Taggart, James Gordon - 1976
Tait, Donald James - 2002
Teichrob, Carol - 2012
Thiessen, Isaac - 2002
Thiesson, Stuart Allan - 2007
Thomas, Robert Davidson - 1980
Thompson, Fred - 1984
Thompson, Douglas - 1984
Thomson, Wallace Alexander - 1978
Thomson, Leonard Baden - 1973
Thomson, Euphemia Jane - 1989
Trew, Beatrice Janet - 1978
Turner, Edward Kerr - 1995

PortraitStuart Allan Thiesson

For decades through his work with the Saskatchewan Farmers Union and then the National Farmers Union, Stuart Thiesson worked to improve the quality of life for farm families.

He was born January 1st, 1928 in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in the rural community of McMahon, south of Swift Current. He finished his primary and secondary schooling in McMahon and moved on to teacher training at Moose Jaw Normal School. He taught elementary school for a time before taking a position in 1951 with the Saskatchewan Farmers Union in Saskatoon. In 1955, he became the organization's secretary treasurer and helped to guide the democratic farm movement.

In 1969, the National Farmers Union was formed and Stuart was appointed executive secretary. He helped organize and promote orderly marketing and supply-management systems in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Stuart was a strong advocate for economic and social justice for farmers and rural communities and was known as a 'friend of the farmer'.

In 1972 and again in 1977, he led farmer delegations to China. He was editor of the Union Farmer newspaper from 1974 to 1981.

Stuart's analytical and writing skills provided clarity and credibility to farm union policy, and his people skills ensured that the NFU and the larger movement were united and focused on important concerns. Stuart personally put the philosophy and beliefs of the Farm Union into practice every day through his involvement in the community. He stayed as NFU executive secretary until 1992.

Stuart was a member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations board from 1961-1964, as well as the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Agriculture from 1985-1998. Stuart began in a position as secretary treasurer with the National Farmers Foundation in 1987.

Stuart was a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame beginning in 1971, staying until 1981. He was also a founding director of the Saskatoon Community Clinic from 1962-1968.

In 2000, Stuart Thiesson was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in recognition of his contributions to the people of Saskatchewan.

Sponsored for Induction in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2007 by the National Farmers Union.

 

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