Dickson, W. Leslie (Les)

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Dickson, W. Leslie (Les)

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As a long time resident of Norwich Township, W. Leslie (Les) Dickson operated a 135-acre Holstein Farm and apple orchard north of Burgessville and was at one time a sales representative for the Oxford County Holstein Breeders Association. Interested in local politics, Les was an eight year veteran of the North Norwich Township Council, serving as Deputy Reeve for four years and Reeve for 2 years prior to being elected County Warden in 1973. During his time on County Council, he served on the Finance Committee, Agriculture Committee, Personnel Committee and was a representative on the County Planning Board.

He was an active member of the Norwich and District Historical Society Committee which operates the Norwich District Museum, a Board Member of Woodingford Lodge, a member of the Oxford Museum Board and actively involved in the establishment of the Norwich Community Centre/Arena.

Les Dickson was also committed to woodlot management and the preservation of native Canadian trees. His love of nature was instrumental in the establishment of the County Arboretum in 1974 which was later named the W. Leslie Dickson Arboretum in his honour.

Married to Helen Elliott of Burgessville, Leslie Dickson passed away December 3, 1993 in his 69th year.



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