Margaret (Kesslering) Weiers
Honourary Doctor of Letters - Spring 2010
Born on a farm near Viceroy, Saskatchewan in 1928, Margaret (Kesslering) Weiers graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BA in English. As an early feminist, social reformer and fierce nationalist, she embarked on a 40-year career in journalism, beginning with the Regina Leader-Post and ending with theToronto Star.
In 1969, she won the Canadian Women’s Press Club Memorial Award for best news story and in 1979, she was the first journalist to receive a special award from the American Association on Mental Deficiency. Upon her retirement, she was feted by colleagues as a “social reformer and fierce nationalist” as well as a journalist who “brought a feminist viewpoint to the editorial board in 1972.”