|Presentation of an Honorary Degree to Hart, E., May, 1973 (Photograph Collection, A-5198)|
Convocation date: May 17, 1973
Discipline / contribution: agricultural organizations ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate I present you Elsie Mabel Hart.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Elsie Mabel Hart was born in North Dakota, February 6, 1893. As a child she moved with her family, the Atkinson’s to Oak Ridge, Manitoba and remained there with an aunt when the family moved to a homestead in the Landis district of Saskatchewan in 1910. After she had completed her schooling she joined the family.
In 1915 she married Warren Hart of Landis and they had a family of five sons.
Along with her husband she was involved with the farm movement, and was the women’s district director of the United Farmers of Canada when the first Farm Women’s Week was held on this campus in June, 1928--an annual event for 38 years.
During the depression she was an active participant in the State Hospital Medical League and served on the Saskatchewan Health PlanningCommission which preceded Saskatchewan’s universal hospital and medical care insurance programs.
She became president of the women’s section of the United Farmers of Canada (Saskatchewan section) in 1941 for one year. Then she managed the family farm, after the death of her husband, for several years, before returning to the presidency of the UFC, (Sask.) in 1945. Inspired by her, the women’s section took a deep interest in a project that resulted in financing medical scholarships and equipment to fight cancer at the University of Saskatchewan. She was named to the first Labour Relations Board from 1945 and served until 1964. She was a member of a delegation to Ottawa that sought the retention of rent controls and an expanded housing program in 1947.
When the UFC Saskatchewan section was formally dissolved in 1949, Elsie Hart eased the transition to Saskatchewan Farmers’ Union by serving as women’s president for the first two years.
Eminent Chancellor, I present Elsie Mabel Hart and ask that, in recognition of her concern for the quality of life in rural Saskatchewan and her contribution to the farm movement, you confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Margaret Pattillo, Professor, Extension Division
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