In an effort to increase much-needed gender equality on boards, YWCA Edmonton and DirectHer Network have teamed up on a unique 12-month pilot project aimed at blazing more pathways for women and gender minorities wanting to serve at decision-making tables. “This partnership is a made-in-Alberta solution to the real challenge of not seeing enough women on boards, particularly women of colour and Indigenous women. We need to open more doors for everyone,” said YWCA Edmonton
GWENDOLEN A. CLARKE
Gwendolen was born in Durham, Ontario and moved to Edmonton in 1907. When she came to Edmonton, she worked first for the Provincial Government then as secretary for City Council’s committee. While working on this job , she met Alderman Joseph Clarke and they married in 1912.
Following her husband’s death on July 26, 1941, she was elected and stayed on council until 1943.
In 1954, she was elected president of the Edmonton branch of the United Nations Association. She was also involved in many committees in the Edmonton Council of Women, the YMCA and the Liberal Club. Gwendolen also organized the formation of Cromdale Community League.
Gwendolen passed away on March 25th, 1972 at the age of 88.
Sources: Edmonton Bulletin, November 14, 1941; Edmonton Journal, March 27, 1972