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
Izena was the first female candidate who won a seat in an Edmonton municipal election. She was elected as alderman on December 12, 1921, with 3,341 votes – placing 6th overall in the election results, out of 19 possible candidates.
Izena was an active member of the local council of women and served on the Edmonton Public School Board from 1935 to 1945.
Izena passed away on October 26, 1945.
Sources: City of Edmonton Archives; Election History, City of Edmonton: Elections and Census Office