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
LOIS NORENE CAMPBELL
Lois was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1919.
As an eighteen year-old Regina school teacher, Lois learned to drive a one-horse open sleigh to her rural one-room school, where she simultaneously taught grades three to nine. In 1945, she married Duncan Darroch Campbell, and the couple moved to Vancouver where they started a family. Later making Edmonton their permanent home, Lois earned her Bachelor of Education degree while bearing three more children and running the family household.
It was in the early 1960s that Lois returned to the working world as a lecturer in early childhood education at the university. She was elected to the Edmonton Public School Board in 1968 and remained on the board until 1974. During this period, she was executive member of the Alberta School of Trustees Association.
Lois then served two terms as City Alderman, during which time she was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on the Heart of the City Committee. She finished her public service with a lengthy term as a member of the University of Alberta Senate.
Lois passed away on April 19, 2012, days before her 93rd birthday.
Sources: Edmonton Journal; Edmonton Bulletin; Office of the Councillors; City of Edmonton Archives; Obituary
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