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approx. 1964-1986 (Creation)
- Dickson, W. Leslie (Les)
- Norwich, Township of
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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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The fonds consists of various materials relating to the history of Norwich and the County of Oxford, as well as various local groups and organizations. Such materials includes:
- Reports, Plans and Agreements related to the Official Plan, Ayr Dam and Reservoir, Housing, and Land Severance
- Programmes re. Oxford Holstein Breeders’ Association and Oxford County Board of Education Recognition Night (includes bios of local teachers and staff). – 1983 and 1985
- Landfill/Waste Management materials including applications, Order in Councils, correspondence etc concerning landfill sites in Township of Norwich and the Township of South-West Oxford. – 1976 – 1983.
- Map and Drawings of Norwich, Burgessville, Otterville, Springford and East Oxford (key maps and drainage maps)
- Voter’s List for the Township of Norwich. – 1976.
- Scrapbooks of newspaper articles, brochures, pamphlets, etc related to Norwich, the County of Oxford, Canada and the World. – 1964 – 1980
- Records related to the Norwich Community Centre/Arena. – 1976 – 1983.
• Financial including Area Complex Statement of Revenue and Expenses, Township of Norwich Community Centre Statement of Revenue and Expenses, Norwich Playground Expenditures, Budgets
• Minutes of the Meetings of the Norwich Community Centre Advisory Committee, Arena Building Committee, Arena and Park Committee, Special Steering Committee for the official opening of the new Recreation Centre Complex, Recreation Centre Ceremonies Committee, and the Recreation and Community Services Committee
• Architect’s Reports
- Records related to the Norwich Community Centre Club – 1978 – 1986
• Membership list
• Minutes of Meetings
• Treasurer’s Reports
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