Who Was GR Saunders?

During the tough times of the Depression, GR served this town's citizens as mayor of Stellarton from 1934-1937.  Coincidentally his father James was mayor of Westville for part of that same period, possibly a Canadian first.  GR's numerous contributions to his community would include:

  • President of the Rotary Club
  • Past Master, Keith Masonic Lodge
  • Commissioner, Victoria General Hospital
  • Board of Stewarts, Sharon St. John United Church
  • Helped lead relief efforts during the Moose River Mine Disaster
  • Organized building Stellarton's Second World War Memorial Fund
  • Supervised the creation and construction of this elementary school, which bears his name, opened in 1966

George and his wife Mary have three children: sons George and James, and daughter Estelle.

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