One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
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