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Cameron, Elizabeth (1875–1959)

Elizabeth Gow Cameron was born in Scotland in 1875. At the age of 18 she received the Lady Literate in Arts (LLA) degree with distinction from the University of St. Andrews. In 1911 she married W.F. Cameron; they had two children. In 1914, they moved to Saskatchewan, first to Saskatoon, then to Davidson, and finally in 1930 to Regina. Becoming active in the Homemakers’ Clubs of Saskatchewan, Cameron served two terms as president (1918–20 and 1921–23) and was editor of Retrospect and Prospect, a history of the first twenty-five years of the Homemakers’ Clubs; in recognition of her many contributions she was given a life membership. A founder of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (1919), she served as convention secretary at the organizational meeting and became national president from 1929 to 1933. Cameron was also a lifelong member of the University Women’s Club, Regina Council of Women, Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and the United Church Women’s Missionary Society. Because of her active involvement with women’s organizations in Saskatchewan and Canada, she was awarded the Queen’s Medal. Cameron died on May 9, 1959 in Regina. In 1973, she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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