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YW she who dares

YW Calgary is thrilled to share our Canada 150 project: a creative, engaging and interactive installation highlighting the stories of 150 women, known and lost to history who have impacted Calgary during the last 150+ years.

What is the project?

A one-of-a-kind interactive and creative installation which encourages the audience to discover the impacts made by women in our community. Audiences are invited to explore and uncover the stories of 150 incredible women.

Why does the project matter?

Women have always impacted history, but not all their stories have been told. YW’s She Who Dares is a one-of-a-kind project for the Calgary community centring on sharing women’s history from before confederation to today. The project celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial by highlighting and celebrating women. It’s matters because many women’s impact on history came during a time where women were discouraged from stepping outside their limited roles.

How are the women organized?

The installation outlines where 150 extraordinary women fit and when they had the greatest impact on our community. The categories show one of many ways to group these women, showing their connections and significant areas of impact.

How were the women selected?

YW invited a group of women from outside of the organization to help us generate ideas and ultimately nominate and support selection. The committee helped us think through how we would respect contributions of women beyond the 150 years of Confederation and developed 150+ concept. YW hosted a public call for nominations which began in April 2017, there were posters in community centres/coffee shops, tent cards & bookmarks at libraries, digital call out & webpage to submit.

After the month long nomination campaign, YW had its list and now needed to select the 150 women to be celebrated – again with help from the committee. Some goals of the selection process were to demonstrate the diverse history of Calgary; identify pioneers who took first steps for women and who had connections to YW (106 of the 150 years). YW knows some women have been missed – in the end there are 152 women (one group of three who could not be separated).

150 Women Through 150+ Years

Dates depicted are primary decade of impact. Click here to view filter descriptions

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Adelaide Glenn

1877

Pioneer Adelaide Glenn, along with her husband John, were the Calgary area’s first documented European settlers, homesteading near […]

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Alice Jukes Jamieson

1917

A staunch advocate for equality and women’s rights, in 1914 Alice Jukes Jamieson was appointed to the courts […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Alice Payne

1967

Alice Payne first learned geology as a girl, at her father’s side as he prospected and ran a […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Alida Visbach

1997

Calgary’s history is alive and kicking, thanks in no small part to Alida Visbach. As President and CEO […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Alison Redford

2007

Alison Redford became Alberta’s first female premier in 2011 when she won the leadership of the Alberta Progressive […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Amal Umar

1987

When Amal Umar immigrated from Lebanon to Canada in 1980, she discovered that there were few, if any, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Amanda Burgener

2007

Amanda Burgener asked an important question that got the whole city talking.
A successful small business owner, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Ann McCaig

1977

Ann McCaig is a relentless champion for Calgary, willing to roll up her sleeves and help out to […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Annie Davidson

1907

Annie Davidson planted the seed of what would become Calgary’s first public library in the parlour of her […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Annie Foote

1907

A long-time teacher in her home province of Ontario, Annie Foote moved to Calgary in 1892 and taught […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Annie Gale

1917

In 1917 Annie Gale was elected Calgary’s first female Alderman, and the first in the entire British Empire. […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Aritha van Herk

1997

“Alberta has the best, best, best stories!”
Writer Aritha van Herk would know, because she tells them. And as […]

2017-10-23T11:19:08+00:00

Barb Scott

1967

Barb Scott worked hard for her constituents. Elected as an Alderman in 1971, Barb long held the record […]

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Barbara Harvey Leighton

1967

Barbara Leighton was an artist and an inspiration.
Following the death of her husband, Barbara, in her mid-fifties at […]

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Barbara S Charlton

1957

Calgarian Barbara Charlton had a passion for helping children in need.
In the decade between 1953 and 1963 Barbara […]

2017-10-23T11:19:09+00:00

Betty Mitchell

1927

Betty Mitchell is the wellspring of professional theatre in Calgary.
Around 1935 she became one of the province’s first […]

2017-10-23T11:19:09+00:00

Betty Pedersen

1957

Betty Pedersen understood the critical role farm women play, not just in agriculture but in creating a just […]

2017-10-23T11:19:09+00:00

Bonnie DuPont

2007

Bonnie DuPont blazes a trail, in Calgary and across Canada, and invites us to join her on the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:09+00:00

Caen Bly

1967

Caen Bly was a pioneer in journalism giving Canada’s Indigenous communities a voice in print.
A member of the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:09+00:00

Camille Dow Baker

1997

Mid-way through a successful career in Calgary’s oil patch, Camille Dow Baker decided to take on a new […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Cassie Campbell

2007

Cassie Campbell Pascall is a leader on and off the ice.
Cassie captained Team Canada’s women’s hockey team to […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Catherine Ford

1957

Over the course of her 40-year career in journalism Catherine Ford built a reputation as a thoughtful, provocative […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Catriona Le May Doan

1997

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time world champion speed skater, Catriona Le May Doan is a […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Cheryl Foggo

1977

As a voracious young reader, Cheryl Foggo went for years before encountering a positive black character or portrayal […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Christine Meikle

1957

Christine Meikle believed everyone deserved an education.
When one of her children was born with Down’s Syndrome, Christine devoted […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Christine Silverberg

1987

In 1995, after rising through the ranks in Ontario police forces, Christine Silverberg was named Calgary’s Chief of […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Cindy Provost

2007

For more than two decades Constable Cindy Provost has forged stronger connections between Indigenous people, the Calgary Police […]

2017-10-27T15:54:58+00:00

Colleen Huston

2007

Colleen Huston knows firsthand about the challenges that people with disabilities face. Colleen, who is disabled herself, has […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Daisy Crowchild

1937

Mother of five, Daisy Crowchild championed improved Indigenous education in the 1940s and 1950s, establishing the first home […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Darby Lee Young

2007

Darby Lee Young knows about barriers. She also knows how to overcome them.
Born with mild cerebral palsy, she […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Denise Clarke

2007

Denise Clarke is a mainstay of Calgary’s theatre and dance community.
Joining the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre in […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Diamond Dolly

1897

We don’t know her real name, when or where she was born, or when she died, but we […]

2017-10-23T11:19:10+00:00

Doreen Orman

1967

By the time she turned 18 Doreen Orman’s family had mapped out her future – she would move […]

2017-10-23T11:19:11+00:00

Doreen Spence

1967

Doreen Spence has been a warrior and a healer her whole life, and yet her fight for fundamental […]

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Doris Anderson

1957

The cards were stacked against Doris Anderson from the start. Born out of wedlock in 1921 and placed […]

2017-10-23T11:20:27+00:00

Dorothy Groves

1977

When she moved to Calgary in the mid-60s Dorothy Groves dove into the community, working with the University […]

2017-10-23T11:19:11+00:00

Dr. Elizabeth MacRae

1977

After earning her MD from the University of Toronto, Dr. Elizabeth MacRae went on to become the first […]

2017-10-23T11:19:11+00:00

Dr. Gayla Rogers

1997

Gayla Rogers has influenced social work in Calgary more than any other person. As Professor, Dean and now […]

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Dr. Glenda MacQueen

1997

Vice Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Glenda MacQueen’s studies focus on […]

2017-10-23T11:19:11+00:00

Dr. Vivian Ayoungman

2007

When she began her educational journey in the Old Sun Anglican Boarding School – a residential school on […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Elizabeth Bailey Price

1907

Elizabeth Bailey Price saw Alberta as a land of opportunity for modern women.
Born in Winnipeg, Elizabeth’s family moved […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Elizabeth Cannon

2007

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon hasn’t only broken new ground, she’s helped people around the world find their way, literally. […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Emily Follensbee

1967

Emily Follensbee believed in potential.
A teacher in her early years in Saskatchewan, it was only after she moved […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Emily Kirby

1907

Emily Kirby was an educator and reformer.
Upon her arrival in Calgary in 1903, Emily immediately set to work […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Esther Honens

1987

It takes vision, passion and determination to create something that is world class.
In 1991, near the end of […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Ethel Heydon

1897

Ethel Heydon was a pioneer of the pen.
In the early 1900s, when journalism was a male-dominated profession, Ethel, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:12+00:00

Eva Friesen

2007

Eva Friesen leads with humility and respect.
A top-flight executive with decades of experience, Eva is known for her […]

2017-10-23T11:19:13+00:00

Eva Adeline Reid

1937

Eva Adeline Reid started in the newspaper business as the circulation manager of the Social Credit Chronicle in […]

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Evelyn de Mille

1947

Anyone who has books not just on the brain, but in the blood, will understand Evelyn de Mille’s […]

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Fiona Fairley

2007

For newcomers to Canada and Calgary, Fiona Fairley provides a much-needed welcome with open arms. But more than […]

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Flores LaDue

1907

When her mother died in childbirth in 1881, Flores LaDue (born Grace Bensell) went to live with her […]

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Frances Wright

1997

In her work for equal rights, recognition of Canada’s nation-building women and the male survivors of sexual abuse, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:13+00:00

Gail Greenough

1977

In a city and province built on horseback, Gail Greenough’s riding stands out.
Gail came to the sport of […]

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Georgina Helen Thomson

1997

Georgina Thomson was a longtime literary fixture in Calgary. Born in 1892, Georgina studied English at the University […]

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Gertrude Barrett O’Keefe

1937

Gertrude Barrett O’Keefe was a hands-on leader when it came to the health and welfare of Calgarians.
A registered […]

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Gertrude Laing

1967

Gertrude Laing was a culture builder.
Born in England in 1905, raised in Canada and completing graduate studies in […]

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Gladys McKelvie Egbert

1927

Gladys Egbert was seven when she began studying piano in 1903, shortly after her family moved to Calgary.
Six […]

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Gwen Thorssen

1977

Over the course of her 96 years Gwen Thorssen strove to make Calgary a better place.
Demonstrating unflagging support […]

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Hayley Wickenheiser

1987

Hayley Wickenheiser knows her way around the hockey rink.
Over the course of 23 years she was a linchpin […]

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Hazel Gillespie

1987

Over the course of her all-too-brief life, Hazel Gillespie was a leader in corporate social responsibility. Her work […]

2017-10-23T11:19:14+00:00

Helen Reynolds Belyea

1947

Helen Belyea was a pioneer in geology who played an important role in the development of Western Canada’s […]

2017-10-23T11:19:14+00:00

Irene Lewis

1997

When Irene Lewis took the helm of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1998, trades training had […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Isabel Little Stevens

1957

Isabel Stevens had a keen eye for how to improve Calgary. Born in 1891, over the course of […]

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Janet Hutchinson

1997

Janet Hutchinson loves libraries.
As the Chair of the Calgary Public Library Board, she leads the effort to […]

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Janet Mitchell

1947

First, Janet Mitchell taught herself to paint.
Then she took night classes at the Provincial Institute of Technology and […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Jann Arden

1987

From a Springbank childhood to international success as a singer songwriter Jann Arden has remained rooted to her […]

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Jean Drever Pinkham

1887

Founding just one hospital was not enough for Jean Drever Pinkham.
She helped found the Winnipeg General Hospital in […]

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Jean Springer

1987

Jean Springer has loved math and science from her very earliest years in Jamaica.
Immigrating to Canada after university, […]

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Jennifer Martin

2007

A biologist by training, Jennifer Martin’s passion is igniting a love of science in young people and the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Jenny Belzberg

1977

Philanthropist Jenny Belzberg has helped create a stronger arts and culture scene, locally, regionally and nationally through her […]

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Jessie Marie Chapman

1957

Jessie Marie Chapman knew the value of a smile and a helping hand for visitors.
Born and raised in […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Joan C Snyder

1997

Women’s hockey and medicine. Joan Snyder has made a difference in both.
Joan grew up watching her mother play, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Jocelyn Burgener

2007

Jocelyn Burgener knows what it takes to build a strong community- hard work. She applied that approach first […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Josie Nepinak

1987

Josie Nepinak, chair of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women committee in Calgary, has lost both an aunt […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Judith Umbach

1977

Judith Umbach loves libraries.
An unflagging volunteer – including twelve years on the board of the Calgary Public Library, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Kallie Humphries

1997

Kaillie Humphries pushed hard to achieve her goals. A competitive downhill skier during her teens, she took up […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Kate Thompson

1997

Kate Thompson is a community builder, literally.
As Vice President of Projects for the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation Kate […]

2017-10-31T16:20:00+00:00

Kathleen (Kate) Thrasher

1977

An entrepreneur and community builder extraordinaire, Kathleen (Kate) Thrasher’s advice and guidance as a veteran businesswoman and consultant […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Kathleen Mahoney

2007

Kathleen Mahoney is an internationally recognized advocate and legal expert on women’s rights and the rights of Indigenous […]

2017-10-23T11:19:15+00:00

Kathleen Sendall

1997

Kathleen Sendall is both a champion and a role model for women in business and engineering.
A long-time senior […]

2017-10-23T11:19:16+00:00

Kathy Tam

2017

Kathy Tam makes a difference in the lives of those in long-term care.
As CEO of the Wing Kei […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Katie Ohe

1967

Katie Ohe has been a creator all her life.
Growing up in small-town Northern Alberta, Katie always drew and […]

2017-10-27T15:53:12+00:00

Kit Chan

1987

Kit Chan has been making a difference since she came to Calgary more than four decades ago.
A successful […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Lana Wells

1987

For more than two decades, Lana Wells has been a leader reducing and preventing domestic violence, through community […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Linda McKay-Panos

1997

As Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Linda McKay-Panos knows all about fighting for the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Linda One Spot

1947

In 1952, girls weren’t allowed in the rodeo, so 11-year-old Linda Onespot-Shouting, a member of the Tsuut’ina Nation, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Liza Chan

1997

Liza Chan has dedicated her career to bettering the lives of senior citizens. When she joined the Calgary […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Lois Mitchell

1967

Sports, arts and education.
Lois Mitchell, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, has advanced all three fields in Calgary, the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Lorraine Melchior

1987

Lorraine Melchior strives to build a community and a culture in Calgary that affords dignity and humanity to […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Louise Dean

1927

An early campaigner for women’s health and reproductive rights, Louise Dean moved to Calgary in 1920 after working […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Louise Riley

1927

Generations of Calgary children have Louise Riley to thank for a love of reading and literature.
In 1930 Louise […]

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Louise Vogel Johnston

1947

Louise Johnston was a tireless leader in agriculture and education. After marrying and settling on a farm east […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Marg Southern

1957

Marg Southern understands the importance of sports and recreation.
A University of Alberta graduate in Physical Education in the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Margaret (Marmie) Hess

1967

Born in 1916 and the only child of a Calgary lumber magnate, Margaret Hess, or Marmie, as everyone […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Margaret Waterchief

1997

Margaret Waterchief is known as an angel of mercy among Calgary downtown residents marginalized by poverty and multiple […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Maria Eriksen

1987

A practicing psychologist, Maria Eriksen was a forceful campaigner for women’s equality and helped to found the Calgary […]

2017-10-23T11:19:17+00:00

Marion Coutts Carson

1907

From health and literacy to education and poverty reduction Marion Coutts Carson made a difference.
After arriving in Calgary […]

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Marion Moodie

1927

Twenty-four years old when she moved to Calgary in 1891. Marion Moodie studied nursing at the Calgary General […]

2017-10-23T11:19:18+00:00

Marion Nicoll

1947

Marion Nicoll wasn’t qualified. Her would-be painting instructor, A.C. Leighton, announced the verdict when she applied for third-year […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Martha Block Cohen

1977

In her quest to help build a world-class performing arts centre in Calgary, Martha Cohen wouldn’t take no […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary Dover

1937

During World War II, Mary Dover volunteered as a recruiting officer for the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC), […]

2017-10-31T16:20:36+00:00

Mary Hetherington

1957

When Mary Heatherington graduated from law school in 1964 few firms were hiring female lawyers.
Undaunted, Mary found work […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary Belle Barclay

1927

Her sister Catherine may have brought the concept of youth hostels home to Canada from Europe, but it […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary Elizabeth Munn

1967

Mary Elizabeth Munn had already taught a generation of pianists in Calgary when she returned to school and, […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary MacLeod

1867

When she was just 17, Mary Drever evaded Metis guards to deliver an important military dispatch to British […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

2007

Mary Rozsa de Coquet knows how important art and culture are to creating a vibrant community.
During her time […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mary-Ellen Bower Birtles

1887

Mary-Ellen Bower Birtles ran a tight ship, or perhaps more accurately, a tight hospital. A graduate from the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Maude Keen Riley

1917

Maude Keen Riley has been called a sixth member of the Famous Five. Indeed, she worked closely with […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Michelle Cameron

1987

For someone who was afraid of water as a child, Michelle Cameron Coulter turned out to be a […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Michelle Stanners

2007

Michele Stanners is more than a leader in Calgary’s arts community. She’s a visionary.
With decades of deep engagement […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Mildred Ware

1887

Mildred Ware was a pioneer in more ways than one.
Born Mildred Lewis in Toronto in 1871, she would […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Nadia *McInerney

When Nadia McInerney, Marg Seeger and Jennifer Sousa saw the heartbreaking picture of a lifeless three-year-old Syrian refugee […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Nancy Mannix

1997

Nancy Mannix focuses on good beginnings.
For two decades, Nancy, in addition to her community service on numerous boards […]

2017-11-14T10:44:39+00:00

Nellie McClung

1927

A member of the “Famous Five,” Nellie McClung was a reformer, author and legendary advocate for equality. Born […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Nichola Goddard

1997

Captain Nichola Goddard
Calgarian Nichola Goddard was a citizen of the world. Born in Papua New Guinea to parents […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Nirmala Naidoo

1987

The first female member of a visible minority to anchor a news broadcast in Calgary, Nirmala Naidoo championed […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Pam Krause

1997

Pam Krause talks about sex.
As the Executive Director of the Calgary Sexual Health Centre for the last 13 […]

2017-10-23T11:19:19+00:00

Patricia Moore

1977

A teacher all her life, Pat Moore has made many contributions in education and in helping those who […]

2017-10-23T11:19:20+00:00

Pauline Dempsey

1967

Pauline Dempsey builds bridges. Not physical ones that span rivers and valleys, but cultural bridges that knit communities […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Pearl Edmanson Borgal

1947

Pearl Edmanson Borgal never met a sport she couldn’t master.
Born in 1911, Pearl’s athleticism early on made her […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Penny Hume

1987

In addition to her contributions to many local boards and cultural, community and sports organizations, Penny Hume’s leadership […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Penny Leckie

2007

Penny Leckie knows a good investment when she sees one, and she understands that helping a mother to […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Rajanjeet Kaur Sawhney

2007

Rajanjeet Kaur Sawhney plays a pivotal role in Calgary’s Sikh community.
An innovative and dedicated volunteer, Rajanjeet inspires community […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Regina Cheremeteff

1957

Her students called her “Madame” over the 30-plus years that she trained young ballet dancers in Calgary from […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Roberta MacAdams

1917

In 1917 Roberta MacAdams was elected to Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, one of the first two women in the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Rose Owens Wilkinson

1927

Nurse turned politician, Rose Owens Wilkinson fought on behalf of the underdog. When she first came to Calgary […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Rose Pearson Kohn

1947

Rose Kohn may have been the ultimate hockey mom.
She believed that participation in sports led to good citizenship […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Running Eagle

1877

Otaki was born into the Peigan Tribe of the Blackfoot Nation sometime in the 1850s.
The oldest of five […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Ruth Gorman

1947

Ruth Gorman was an unsung heroine.
Born into privilege in Calgary in 1914, she charted a course that society […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Sable Sweetgrass

2007

Sable Sweetgrass knows about the importance of culture.
A member of the Kainai Nation of Southern Alberta, Sable is […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Sal Howell

1987

Sal Howell, the restauranteur behind such iconic Calgary establishments as River Café and Boxwood café, has been at […]

2017-10-23T11:19:21+00:00

Sarah Stuttaford

1897

Sarah Stuttaford took care of vulnerable women.
Shortly after the turn of the century, when Sarah, a widow, was […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Shannon Lenstra

2007

As the CEO and Founder of Kon-strux Developments, a Calgary-based construction and renovation company, Shannon Lenstra has succeeded […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Sharon Carry

1997

It should come as no surprise that Sharon Carry’s first job, when she was 13, was working in […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Sharon Hapton

2007

Sharon Hapton turned an empty nest, an open heart and a soup tureen into a recipe for social […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Sharon Pollock

1967

Sharon Pollock regards writing a play as an opportunity to reject the world as it is and to […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Sheilah Martin

2007

Madam Justice Sheilah Martin’s legal career has taken her from private practice, and the halls of academe – […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Shelia O’Brien

1977

Sheila O’Brien worked her way up in the energy industry at a time when women had little opportunity […]

2017-10-23T11:19:22+00:00

Steacy Collyer

1997

Steacy Collyer cares about literacy… a lot. She founded Calgary Reads at her kitchen table in 2001. As […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Stella Thompson

2007

A longtime trailblazer in the petroleum industry, Stella Thompson has also been a staunch community builder and advocate […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Stephanie Felesky

1967

Stephanie Felesky doesn’t hesitate to raise her hand.
A longtime leader and community builder in Calgary, Stephanie brings her […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Sue Higgins

1977

Sue Higgins wasn’t one to mince words.
Before entering politics, she dedicated her energy to disability advocacy through her […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Susan Scott

2007

After decades of working as a journalist for major Canadian newspapers, Susan Scott delved into the lives of […]

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Trudy Cowan

1977

Trudy Cowan keeps our history alive.
She led educational programming for the Glenbow Museum, oversaw the transformation of Fort […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Vera Russell

1937

In 1946, Vera Russell became Calgary’s first full-time female police officer. At the time, a policewoman – as […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Violet King Henry

1947

In 1953 Violet King Henry was the first black person to earn a law degree in Alberta. The […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Virnetta Anderson

1967

Virnetta Anderson was a natural-born leader with a long record of community building when she won a seat […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Wanda Warkentin

1997

Fleeing domestic violence and raising three children as a single mother, Wanda Warkentin faced challenging odds. All the […]

2017-10-23T11:19:23+00:00

Zahra Karmali

1997

Zahra Karmali came face to face with the reality of child poverty in the developing world during a […]

LOCATIONS

October 26 – November 1 2017

City Hall Municipal Building
800 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Hours for viewing:
6 AM – 6 PM
Monday to Thursday

November 2 – 16 2017

Glenbow Museum
hallway Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
130 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB

Hours for viewing:
6 am –11 pm

*Please note that on Thursday, November 2 the Glenbow Museum will be offering
Free First Thursday Nights from 5 – 9 pm. Great opportunity to see the exhibit and explore the Glenbow Museum.

November 17 – 30 2017

Calgary Public Library: Central Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary AB

Hours for viewing:
Monday to Thursday
9 AM – 8 PM
Friday
9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday
10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – Closed

December 1 – 10 2017

Fort Calgary National Historic Site
750 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB

Hours for viewing:
Sunday – Saturday
9 AM – 5PM

THANK YOU

YW Calgary would like to thank all who made this project possible. First and foremost are the 150 women who were selected and the women and men who nominated them. YW hopes this installation continues to shine a light on the contributions of women for years to come.

This project is funded in
part by the Government
of Canada and YW Calgary.

Ce projet est finance en partie par le gouvernement du Canada et YW Calgary.

YW CALGARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017/18

Rebecca Morley
Board Chair

Kate Thompson
Board Vice Chair

Kate Fischer
Board Secretary

Elaine Wong
Board Treasurer

Amie Blanchette
Board Member

Cheryl Cardinal
Board Member

Jasdeep K. Dhaliwal
Board Member

Penny Favel
Board Member

Nancy Foster
Board Member

Jacqui McGillivray
Board Member

Lara Murphy
Board Member

Georgine Ulmer
Board Member

Shannon Young
Board Member

YW CALGARY TEAM

Executive Team

Sue Tomney
Chief Executive Officer

Anna Nelson
Chief Financial Officer

Jan Damery
Vice President,
Fund Development

Elsbeth Mehrer
Vice President,
People + Engagement

Heather Morley
Vice President,
Programs + Services

She Who Dares
Committee

Nancy Close
Vera Crowchild
Lorna Crowshoe
Sara-Jane Gruetzner
Madeline King
Kathé Lemon
Donna Livingstone
Gael MacLeod
Sarah Meilleur
Beba Svigir
Wendy Tynan

NOMINATORS

Omid Amidad
Aditya Banerjee
Taylor Barrie
Gwen Becker
Alicia Bjarnason
Ashley Bristowe
Brent Buechler
Matt Burgener
Kit Chan
Melody Charlton
Greg Clark
Vera Crowchild
Dawn Cruickshank
Al Duerr
Bonnie Dupont
Elena Esina
Amanda Foote
Kristin Fry
Susan Gillies
Glenbow Museum
Sam Hester
Deanna Holt
Tracy Johnson
Pritha Kalar
Madeline King
Melanie Kjorlien
Pam Krause
Anila Lee Yuen
Vincent Leung
Donna Livingstone
Melissa Luhtenan
Allison Maher
Jane MCCaig
Roxanne MCCaig
Paul McIntyre Rovston
Donald McSwiney
Sarah Meilleur

Lorraine Melchior
Tianna Melnyk
Farah Moin
Jina Morissette
Rodney Muir
Doreen Orman
Maxine Parris
Carole Perkins
Cindy Pilz
Marla Rabinovitch
Astrid Rodriguez
Rita Sasges
Raman Sawhney
Rosalyn Schmidt
Jackie Sieppert
Susana Slavnik
Kerri Souriol
Michéle Stanners
Stephanie Talbot
Amanda Thomas
Kate Thompson
Barbara Thrasher
Wendy Tynan
Judith Umbach
Alida Visbach
Peggy Webb
Frances Wright
YW Calgary

For More Information, Please Contact:
Deanna Holt

(p) 403.262.0477
(e) dholt@ywcalgary.ca