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Biography

Chief Inst Joseph S. Dorey

Born in a sod shack in the Esterhazy District on 31 December 1903, Mr. Dorey gained his elementary school education at Melville and Esterhazy, and his high school training at Yorkton. After completing grade 11, he attended third - class normal school at Yorkton.

Mr. Dorey’s first school in Saskatchewan was at Estuary (1930-37), a large school of about 40 pupils. It was the dirty thirties, low pay and his first wife, also a teacher, who wasn’t paid but taught the first grade and assisted with the Christmas concerts, at times assisted him.

Mr. Dorey took a position at a rural school in the Glaslyn District that had a small enrollment, as he decided to complete his grade 12 education by taking two subjects per year. He had his grade 12 in 1939 when the Second World War created a teacher shortage in high schools and he was asked to try teaching high school grades.

He tried it at Battrum but stayed only four months, finding the task of teaching grades 7 to 12 too heavy. He moved to Maple Creek to teach grades 7 and 8. He was also in charge of physical education and the Maple Creek Army Cadets from approximately 1943 - 47.

While teaching at Leader he was in charge Air Force Cadets from approximately 1948 - 1951.

Joe started with 2302 South Saskatchewan Regiment (Reserve Force) Cadet Corps in 1952 having two platoons of Army Cadets.

Joe accepted a teaching position at the Weyburn Collegiate Institute in 1951 and retired in 1968. The students of WCI respectfully dedicated the 1968 “Weycollin”, an annual publication of the Weyburn Collegiate Institute, to Mr. Joe Dorey. He devoted forty-one years to the service of young people, the last seventeen of which he spent at WCI. He was the first teacher to get a standing ovation from the students of WCI. Mr. Dorey was also known as “Weyburn’s Favorite Santa” from 1969 – 1971, and was affectionately known as “Mr. Chips”.

Mr. Dorey was a member of the Church Board of Grace United Church, a member of the Weyburn Young Fellows Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, a member of Latomia Lodge # 125, the Royal Arch, the Shrine, and was president of the Horticultural Society. He was past President of the Assiniboia Federal Constituency and of the Weyburn Provincial Constituency NDP Association. Predeceased by his first wife Ann in 1947 he is survived by his wife the former Iva E Paton of Yellow Grass, three bothers Lawrence, Melville, John, Cranbrook BC, and Jacob, Markham ON.

Joe Dorey passed away on 23 September 1972 at the Weyburn Union Hospital at the age of 68, from complications of Rheumatic Fever, of which he nearly died of at age 16.