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
M. LAURETTE DOUGLAS
Laurette was born in Lucan, Ontario and moved to Edmonton when she was just a baby. She attended McTavish’s Business College in Edmonton and the Los Angeles Polytechnic School, as well as the High School of Commerce in San Francisco.
Laurette held a number of secretarial and clerical positions after business college. Eventually, she went into business with her brother, taking care of the office in their moving and storage company.
Between 1935 and 1944, she was secretary to Mayor J. W. Fry. While in office, she was in favour of giving council members a course in parliamentary procedure before they took office.
While on Edmonton City Council, Laurette served as a member of the Edmonton District Planning Commission. She won the Liberal nomination in Edmonton-Centre for the June 18, 1959 provincial election, but lost in the election.
Laurette passed away on December 27, 1990.
Sources: Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1966; Edmonton Bulletin, April 5, 1938; City of Edmonton Archives.
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Margaret Tryphene Francis Crang
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Ethel Sybil (Knight) Wilson
M. Laurette Douglas
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Janice Rhea Reimer
June Carol Cavanagh
Lilliam J. Staroszik
Judith C. Bethel
Patricia E. Mackenzie
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