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
Julia was born in 1896 and grew up on a homestead near Chipman, Alberta. She and her husband Nick moved to Edmonton in 1936.
Julia enrolled in the University of Alberta Extension Department and took courses related to psychology, philosophy and world affairs. She tried unsuccessfully to run for a seat 11 times before actually being elected in 1963.
Julia was regarded as an accomplished, though somewhat unconventional, speaker. As a politician, she was known and loved as a supporter of the common people; her success spurred renewed civic involvement. One of her biggest issues was to fight for household owners with basement suites.
While still in office, Julia suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away on October 11th, 1969 at age 70. Her seat on council was filled in a by-election won by her son Julian.
Portrait of a great-hearted woman (Maclean’s; September 19, 1964)
Sources: Edmonton Bulletin, September 25, 1945 Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1969; Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie, 2004
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