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
Violet Field came to Edmonton in 1927 from her native London, England where she was born and raised. While in England, she was secretary of the Chelsea Hospital for woman.
She was the wife of Doctor T.H Field who died prior to her election to city council. At the time of her election in 1951, she was the first woman to be elected since 1945.
She was the former president of the woman’s Canadian Club, former chairman of the Red Cross and was on the board of directors of the Victorian Order of Nurses.
Violet passed away on December 17th, 1975.
Sources: Edmonton Journal, November 8th, 1951, December 20, 1975-City of Edmonton Archives