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Dr. Ellen S. McLean

An outstanding and exceptional Canadian, Dr. Ellen McLean has lived on a farm in Nova Scotia all her married life and knows well the concerns of the farm family. She has been an “Ambassador” for the agricultural industry and those involved in it, particularly farm women.

Dr. McLean has been active in her county Federation of Agriculture, local 4-H and Women’s Institutes for many years. She has served as both provincial and national president and her recent re-election to the presidency of the nine million member Associated Country Women of the World was unopposed; an indication of her leadership ability.

Dr. McLean has served on the Canadian Council on Rural Development from 1973-1976 and is currently serving as chairperson of the CBC Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Food. When the first National Farm Women’s Conference was being organized, Dr. McLean represented Nova Scotia farm women on the co-ordinating committee.

On any committee she has served, Dr. McLean has expressed the views of farm people. She has participated in CBC Land and Sea programs, acted as guest speaker at Farm Women’s conferences and has been interviewed on numerous occasions, always giving a positive rural viewpoint.

In 1976, Dr. McLean was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from St. Francis Xavier University, and in 1981 was admitted to the Order of Canada. She was awarded the Centennial Medal, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Nominated By:
  • Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada