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Eldon G. Anderson was born on February 27, 1927 to George and Bertha (Bates) Anderson. He was raised on the family farm near Cadillac, Saskatchewan. Anderson received his primary and secondary education in the Cadillac district and completed an agricultural course at the University of Saskatchewan in 1951.
From 1954 to 1959, Anderson worked in Regina as an information officer with the Saskatchewan Government. He spent two years as a supervisor with the Co-operative Union of Saskatchewan before joining the Credit Union League of Saskatchewan in 1961 as director of public and member relations and editor of its magazine. With the formation of Credit Union Central in 1969, Anderson was named corporate secretary and manager of public affairs. He retired from Credit Union Central around 1986 but continued to work as a consultant until 1989.
Anderson was the founding president of Saskatchewan's first food bank and helped organize Regina's first cooperative daycare. He has served as chairman of the Western Institute of Public Policy; chairman of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts; and director of the Sherwood Co-operative Association. He is the author of three books: Struggle and Splendor: An illustrated account of creative achievements on the great Canadian prairies (1996); Spirit of Saskatchewan: a collection of photographs [1988?]and A Thread in the Saskatchewan Fabric (2003).
Anderson currently (2007) resides in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Anderson married Jean Vanstone in 1954. They have two daughters: Tanya and Carmel.