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Mitchell, Robert W., 1936-2016

  • PA 03
  • Persona
  • 1932-2016

Robert Wayne Mitchell was born on March 29, 1936 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan to Charles Stuart and Beda Annette (Abrahamson) Mitchell. He was raised on a farm near Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Composite High School in 1954. Mitchell earned Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1957 and 1959 respectively.

After graduation, Mitchell articled with a Regina law firm and was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in June, 1960. He practiced law in Swift Current and Regina until August, 1970. He then moved to Ottawa, Ontario to work for the Federal Government as Director of Legal Services with the Department of Regional Economic Expansion and Department of Labour. In 1974 he worked as a Labour Relations Expert with the International Labour Organization in the Caribbean. After returning to Saskatchewan and serving as Deputy Minister of Labour for Saskatchewan from 1974 to 1979, Mitchell practiced law and was a senior partner in Mitchell Taylor Romanow Ching, a Saskatoon law firm. He also served on various panels and boards as a consultant, mediator and negotiator. Mitchell was chairman of the Key Lake Board of Inquiry (1979-1980) and was the federal government's chief negotiator for Inuit land claims in the Central and Eastern Arctic (1981-1982).

Mitchell's involvement in provincial politics began in 1982, when he ran unsuccessfully as the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in the Saskatoon Fairview constituency. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 and served as the NDP member for Saskatoon Fairview until 1999.

Mitchell held various portfolios in the Roy Romanow Government, serving as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (1991-1992); Provincial Secretary (1991-1992); Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1991-1995); and Minister of Labour (1992). He resigned from Cabinet on February 20, 1995 and was reappointed on April 5, 1995. He served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1995); Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training (1995-1997); and Minister of Labour (1996-1998). He was also Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions, including the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission (1992-1995) and the Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation (1995-1997).

Mitchell resigned from Cabinet on September 21, 1998 and vacated his seat in the Legislative Assembly on January 18, 1999. Chris Axworthy (NDP) became MLA for Saskatoon Fairview in the June 28, 1999 by-election.

Mitchell became Chief Negotiator for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) in 1999, and later was appointed police complaints investigator for Saskatchewan in 2004 and chair of the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission in 2009.

Robert Mitchell died on November 18, 2016.

Mitchell married Sandra Gail Stolson, a lawyer, on October 18, 1968. They had six children: Janet, Roberta, Stephanie, Shannon, Donna and Alison.

Warman (Sask.), 1927-1962

  • Local Government
  • 1927-1962

Reverted to a hamlet in 1927, but subsequently re-incorporated as a village in 1962.

Warman (Sask.), 1966-2012

  • Local Government
  • 1966-2012

Incorporated as a town in 1966, subsequently incorporated as a city in October 2012.

Elliott, A. E., Rev. Dr., 1879-1982

  • Persona
  • 1879-1982

Rev. A. E. Elliott was born in Millbrook, Ontario on February 7, 1879. He graduated from Peterborough Collegiate Institute in 1895 and after teaching briefly in Ontario he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1905. In 1906 he moved to Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan to take position in a Methodist church, followed by appointments to the Rae Street Methodist Church in Regina from 1908 to 1911, a church in Grand Coulee from 1911 to 1915, and then the district of Drinkwater - Briercrest until 1919. In 1919 Elliott began farming near Dinsmore, but continued to preach at nearby Presbyterian churches. Thereafter he served churches in the Milden area between 1923 and 1934 and had a six-year term as a conference convenor of Christian education for the United Church of Canada in the province of Saskatchewan. In addition he spent thirteen (13) years serving the Sutherland - Cory charge of the United Church until 1947 when he moved to the Summerberry - Ellisboro area around Wolseley where he would work for 10 years. In 1966 he moved to Grenfell, where he acted as a substitute preacher. Rev. Elliott received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan. He died on October 19, 1982 in Grenfell.

Rev. A. E. Elliott married Mabel May Johnston on May 26, 1909.

Hampson, Garth, 1934-

  • PA 340
  • Persona
  • 1934-

Sidney Garth Hampson was born on April 1, 1934 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Sidney Thomas Hampson and Mae Sealy. He was raised in Moose Jaw and studied at the Regina Conservatory of Music.

Hampson joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1955 and served at detachments in Alberta, Yellowknife, and the Northwest Territories. In 1964, he transferred to Ottawa, Ontario, where he served until his retirement in 1989.

Hampson has had a distinguished musical career. A baritone, he has performed various musical styles, including operetta, opera, classical, choral and music hall. From 1964 to 1989, Hampson was principal soloist with the RCMP Band, performing nationally and internationally. He was a member of the English cabaret group Plus Six in Song and has been very active in Ottawa's musical community, singing lead roles for the Savoy Society, the Orpheus Society, and the Studio Opera Guild. He has also served as soloist at Christ Church Cathedral and other parishes in the Diocese of Ottawa.

Garth Hampson is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Queen's Silver Jubilee medal (1977); the RCMP Long Service medal; the Order of St. Hubert; and awards from the City of Ottawa.

Hampson currently (2010) continues to reside in Ottawa.

Garth Hampson married Eleanor Elizabeth Stebner on April 29, 1961. They have two children: Bradley Thomas and Diana Louise.

Groome, Paul F., 1896-1992

  • Persona
  • 1896-1992

Paul F. Groome was employed as an engineer at the Regina Municipal Power Plant from 1929 to 1961.

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