2000 Inductees

Three individuals were inducted in  2000 – Albert Auckland, Hilde Morden and Shirley Bechard

Albert W. Auckland

Albert Auckland1921 – 2000

Albert W. Auckland was born January 1921 on the family farm, Elgin Centre Farm, in Paynes Mills area of Elgin County. He attended S. S. 7 Southwold elementary school and the St. Thomas Collegiate Institute (STCI) in St. Thomas. In 1946 he married Edith Williams and they have 5 daughters – Karen, Margaret, Diane, Brenda and Janice.

Agricultural Accomplishments

Albert was involved in numerous organizations and associations.
1940, 1960, 1985 – Committee member of the International Plowing Match
1944 – founding member of the Ontario Junior Farmers
1944, 1947 – President of the Elgin Junior Farmers
1950’s – 1960’s – member of Elgin Soil and Crop Improvement Association
1950’s – 1960’s – member of the Elgin Holstein Friesen Association
1959 – 1960 – President of the Elgin Ploughman’s Association
1959 – 1990 – member of the Elgin Ploughman’s Association
1988 – 1990 – member of the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.

Community Involvement

Councillor, Deputy Reeve, Reeve of Southwold Township 1963 – 1967
Warden of Elgin County 1967
Member of the Suburban Roads Commission
Life-long member of Talbotville United Church serving as Elder and Sunday School Superintendent and teacher
Member of Warrant Lodge, Fingal
Member of St. David’s Lodge, St. Thomas
Member of Hi-Ro Shrine Club – St. Thomas,
Board member of Pearce Williams United Church Christian Centre – Fingal


Hilde G. Morden


Hilde Morden was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1932. In 1944, her family moved to a farm near Muirkirk, Ontario. Her early education included attending Business College and as she gave of herself to community endeavours, she completed courses in Human Resources, Communications and Museum Studies. She was employed by H.J. Heinz Co, Leamington and Social Services Director for Aldborough Township. She married Earl Morden in 1952 and has 2 sons, 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.


Hilde worked as Secretary-Treasurer for Pork-Land Farms, the family farm.
Hilde has been an active Women’s Institute member for more than 25 years holding many positions
Branch level – Secretary-Treasurer,Vice- President, P.R.O. and Convener
District level – Secretary-Treasurer, Convenor, County Rally – P.R.O.; and area 2nd Vice-President.
FWIO level,- Secretary-Treasurer, Erland Lee (Museum) Home Secretary-Treasurer,
FWIC level – Recording Secretary – 1985 Convention,
ACWW level – Contributing Member.

Community Involvement

Hilde has been active in:
Kintyre W. M. S, Vice President of London Presbyterial,
Southern Ontario adviser to Neighbour Network Group
Swine Conference – Ridgetown
Women for the Support of Agriculture
Founding member of Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, Milton,
member of Institute of Cultural Affairs.
Hilde received the Ontario Bicentennial Medal from the OMARF


Shirley A Bechard

1933 – 2003

Shirley A. (Green) Bechard was born in Walkerville, Ontario, near Chatham. She attended school elementary and secondary school in Chatham plus one year at Business College. She married Joe Bechard in 1956, moving to North Yarmouth and helped Joe with the business end of the family farm and seed corn business. They have 4 children: Paul, David, Brenda and Michael and 7 Grandchildren.

Agricultural Achievements

Yarmouth Glen Women’s Institute – positions of secretary, treasurer and President.
representative to Federation Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO).
Elgin County Farm Safety Council since 1980 – secretary/treasurer
Provincial are Director on Farm Safety Council for Elgin, Norfolk, Halimand
Executive Director on Ontario Farm Safety Council for 6 years
Elgin County Plowmen’s Association – secretary/treasurer
wife of OPA Director & on publicity committee for 1985 IPM –
Director on Kettle Creek Conservation Authority 1988-1994
Board member Ontario Farm Implement Board 1990-1996
Member of Elgin County Soil & Crop Improvement
Helped organize Ag in the Classroom 1970’s & 1980’s –
Member of the Farm Women’s Network for 15 years

Community Involvement

Aaffiliated with the Catholic Women’s League of St. Annes’ Parish.
Member of Fanshawe College Board 1980’s
St. Thomas Opti-Mrs. Club holding all positions
4-H Club Leader for 15 clubs
Organized 8 Keep Kids Safe Day Camps & women’s workshops
Involved with the annual Historical Show at Dan Patterson C.A.
Helped drive blind to bowling
Chairman of North Yarmouth Cancer Campaign for 15 years & volunteer
Awarded volunteer award from Ministry of Cultural Affairs