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
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