Fonds BF 10 - Louise Simard fonds

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Louise Simard fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • Sound recording
  • Moving images

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BF 10

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  • 1986-1995 (Accumulation)
  • 1946-1995 (Creation)
    Simard, Louise, 1947-
  • 1946-1995 (Creation)
    Atkinson, Patricia, 1952-

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12.000m of textual records
127 photographs
2 prints : posters
1 audio cassette : ferric oxide, stereo (47 min. 34 sec.)
4 videocassettes : VHS, col., sd. (1 hr. 33 min. 7 sec.)

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Biographical history

Rose Marie Louise Simard was born on April 17, 1947 in Val d'Or, Quebec. Simard grew up in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, graduating from Carpenter High School in 1965. She attended the University of Saskatchewan from 1965 to 1970, earning Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and Bachelor of Laws degrees.

Louise Simard articled in Regina and was admitted to the Bar in 1971. She has practiced as legal counsel in both the public and private sector during her career. Simard became the first female Legislative Council and Law Clerk for the province of Saskatchewan in 1974, prior to setting up her own law firm in 1978.

Active in many community organizations, Simard has delivered speeches on family and matrimonial property law, real estate law, law and poverty, and human rights. She was appointed a member of the Attorney General's Committee on the Consolidation of the Queen's Bench and District Courts in 1979. She also served as vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and as consumer representative on the Counsel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1982-1985. Other past service includes board membership with the Saskatchewan Lung Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and honourary membership with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. Simard is a member of the Canadian Medical Association Task Force on Physician Supply in Canada and the Canadian College of Health Services Executives.

Simard was first elected New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Regina Lakeview constituency in 1986. She served as Opposition Health Critic as well as critic for the Saskatchewan Power Corporation, women's issues, the Human Rights Commission and the Ombudsman.

In 1991, after re-election in the Regina Hillsdale constituency Simard became a Cabinet minister in the Roy Romanow government, serving as Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women from 1991 to 1995. Simard introduced the wellness model of health care, involving extensive reforms to the health care system, hospital closures in rural Saskatchewan and the establishment of health districts and boards.

On February 3, 1995, Simard resigned from Cabinet and retired from political life the following year. She joined the law firm of McPherson, Leslie and Tyerman in April 1995.

In 2000 Simard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Simard left this position in December 2003 to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Employers Association of British Columbia. She continues (2007) in this capacity and currently resides in Vancouver.

Louise Simard has two children, Paul and Marin from her first marriage.

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Patricia Atkinson was born on September 27, 1952 in Biggar, Saskatchewan to Robert Roy and Betty Atkinson. She attended Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon and earned Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Atkinson worked as a teacher, union organizer and principal until 1986, when she was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature. She served as the New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saskatoon Nutana (1986-1991, 1995 - ) and Saskatoon Broadway (1991-1995) constituencies.

Atkinson served in the Roy Romanow Government as Minister of Social Services (1992-1993); Minister Responsible for Seniors (1992-1993); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission (1992-1993); Minister of Education, Training and Employment (1993-1995); Minister Responsible for New Careers Corporation (1992-1995); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Communications Network Corporation (1993-1995); Minister Responsible for Teachers Superannuation Commission (1993-1998); Minister of Education (1995-1998); Minister of Health (1998-2001); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Health Information Network (1998-1999); Minister Responsible for Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (1998-2001); and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation (1998-2001).

Atkinson served in the Lorne Calvert Government as Minister of Highways and Transportation (2001); Minister Responsible for Rural Revitalization (2001); and Deputy Government House Leader (2001). She left Cabinet in October 2001 and returned in 2003, when she was appointed Minister of Crown Management Board (2003-2006); Minister of Advanced Education and Employment (2006-2007); Minister of Finance (2007); Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission; and Minister Responsible for Immigration.

From 2007 to 2011, Atkinson served as MLA for Saskatoon Nutana and was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Critic for Education. In January 2011, she announced her retirement from politics and served in the Legislative Assembly until May 2011. Currently (2011) she continues to reside in Saskatoon.

Pat Atkinson married Kenneth Kutz on December 26, 1981.

Custodial history

Some of the records of the Women's Secretariat were transferred via the office of Debra Higgins in 2003.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1986 to 1995 by Louise Simard in her political career as: Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) Opposition Health Critic and Women's Issues Critic; Minister of Health; Minister Responsible for the Women's Secretariat/Status of Women; member of the Saskatchewan NDP Caucus; and MLA for Regina Hillsdale and Regina Lakeview.

This fonds includes a small volume of records created by Patricia Atkinson in 1986 and 1987 as NDP Opposition Health Critic.
This fonds has been arranged into seven series: Opposition Critic; Minister of Health - November 1, 1991 to December 31, 1992; Minister of Health - 1993; Minister Responsible for the Status of Women/Women's Secretariat; Speeches; Political; and MLA/Constituency.

The Minister of Health - 1991 to 1992 series has been arranged into twenty-five sub-series: Organizations; Health Issues; Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission; Communications Branch; Community Health - Prevention and Treatment Services; Continuing Care Branch; Family Planning Program; Health Promotion Branch; Laboratory and Disease Control Services Branch; Medical Care Insurance Branch; Mental Health Services Branch; Policy and Health Economics Branch; Other Provinces; Planning and Construction Branch; Hospital Services Branch - Urban and Rural; Prescription Drug Services Branch; Vital Statistics Branch; Northern Health Services Branch; Federal Government; Inquiries and Concerns; Saskatchewan Health Services Authority; Health Services Utilization and Research Commission; Premier's Correspondence; Health Reform; and Other Government Departments.

The Minister of Health - 1993 series has been arranged into twenty-five sub-series: Communications; Continuing Care; Finance & Administration; Health Planning and Policy Development; Human Resources Branch; Laboratory & Disease Control; Medical Care Insurance Branch; Mental Health Services Branch; Northern Health Services; Prescription Drug Services; Prevention Services Branch; Rural Hospital Services; Treatment Services Branch; Urban Hospital Services; Vital Statistics Branch; Wellness & Health Promotion; Premier's Correspondence; Government MLA's; Opposition MLA's; Federal Government; Other Provinces; General Inquiries and Referrals; Organizations/Associations; Boards/Commissions; and Issues.

The Minister Responsible for the Status of Women/Women's Secretariat series has been arranged into two sub-series: November 1, 1991 to December 31, 1992; and 1993. Both sub-series include the following four sub-sub-series: General Administration; Issues; Women's Organizations/Associations; and Status of Women.

The Speeches series has been arranged into six sub-series: November 1, 1991 to December 31, 1992; 1993; 1994; January to February, 1995; Other MLA's; and Undated.

The MLA/Constituency series includes two sub-series: Regina Lakeview and Regina Hillsdale.

No sub-series have been assigned to the records in the Opposition Critic series and Political series.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters, briefs and submissions, news releases, budget material, briefing material, photographs, posters, moving images and a sound recording.

Political records were separated out and identified as a distinct series.
This fonds is missing MLA/constituency records and records Simard created in 1994 and 1995 as Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for various portfolios.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Louise Simard donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1995 and 2003: R95-183 (April 12, 1995) and R2003-267 (September 11, 2003).


Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention.
Arrangement was based on box lists and file keys that accompanied the records from Simard's ministerial office.
Series, sub-series and sub-sub-series titles supplied by archivist . File titles and sub-series titles provided by records creator except where indicated in square brackets.
Alphabetical order of Opposition Critic series imposed by archivist based on box lists provided by Simard's ministerial office.
Chronological order of Speeches series maintained by archivist.
Records created by Patricia Atkinson are interfiled with those created by Simard.
22 photographs were retained in the textual records to preserve context.

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  • English

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These records are subject to access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/or a donor agreement.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 15 consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs and a sound recording. Item descriptions of posters are available in GR 226. Item descriptions of photographs, a sound recording and video tapes are available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Simard as Minister of Health primarily in 1994 are located in the Lorne Calvert fonds (F 412).

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No further accrual are expected.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell; Regina - Hillsdale


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders and removed metal clips, elastic bands and other fasteners. Large, unmanageable files were split into smaller parts. Newspaper clippings and facsimiles were photocopied.

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Photographs: R-A31080 (1)-(2) to R-A31097 (1)-(3); R-A31099 to R-A31101; R-A31112; R-B13870 (1)-(3) to R-B13871 (1)-(2); R-B13894 to R-B13920; R-B13934 (1)-(2) to R-B13941
Posters: GR 226 (XIII.11 a and XIII.11 b)
Sound recording: Tape R-15616
Video tapes: VT R-12346, VT R-12347, VT R-12348 (2 copies)

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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