30th anniversary of CFUW’s Woman of the Year
By Cathryn Henley, CFUW Cranbrook Club
Has it really been 30 years since 1984? Yes, the Canadian Federation of University Women’s (CFUW) Cranbrook Club has reached 30 years of celebrating the generous, intelligent efforts of 36 women in the East Kootenay selected by their peers as women who make this a better place to live and grow.
The event was introduced to the club by then president Susan Langin and it has become a very popular and highly regarded East Kootenay celebration.
Each year, the club often receives more than one strong nomination and with the permission of the nominating committee, we hang onto the nominations for two years. That is one of the reasons we ask the nominating committee to try to keep their nomination secret from the woman about whom they are writing letters of support to the CFUW Woman of the Year Committee.
This year, Gail Brown “was astounded” to find out her name was put forward as a candidate.
“It makes the award even more important and stunning,” said the late Velma McKay when she found out she and Vicky Dalton had been selected, “to realize this large group of peers thought so highly of me, they managed to write so eloquently about my efforts in making my part of the world a better place to live.”
We started with Julie Roberts in 1984 and at year 30, are celebrating with our 36th recipient, Gail Brown. Previous winners were:
1984 Julie Roberts
1985 Sophie Pierre
1986 Jan Levang
1987 Roberta Taylor / Harjinder Sheena (Posthumous)
1988 Susan Selby
1989 Anna Mae Gartside
1990 Pat Skordal
1991 Sheilah Moore
1992 Louise Stropky
1993 Pat Townshend
1994 Brenda Paul
1995 Ann Rice
1996 Mary Phillips*
1997 Elaine Fawcett / Cathy Fairclough / Mabel Chan (Posthumous)
1998 Susan Campbell
1999 Ann Buckman*
2000 Daphne Hayden
2001 Ruby Sinclair
2002 Flo Reid*
2003 Mila Siquenza
2004 Linda Abbott* and Leona Gatsby
2005 Karin Penner
2006 Janyce Bampton
2007 Janice Edwards
2008 Joanne Wilton
2009 Jayne Garner-Garlaneau
2010 Sandy Zeznick
2011 Vicki Dalton & Velma Mckay*
2012 Sister Nina Glinski, CND
2013 Jenny Humphrey
2014 Gail Brown
This year, the CFUW Cranbrook Club is hosting this annual event at the Manual Training School on Monday, March 3.
The ceremony starts promptly at 4 p.m. We are expecting a large crowd and suggest if you need one of the 80 chairs, to come early. Due to the renovations to the Cranbrook Public Library’s washrooms, the MTS has a 2 X 4 piece of lumber across the threshold of the temporary entrance from the library to the hall. Those with walkers and wheelchairs will need assistance negotiating through the door. Please be sure to ask one of us rather than avoid this function.
We will have our volunteers ready and willing to help gain entrance for those needing to use the ramp entrance. Otherwise, it is strongly suggested guests use the front doors of the Manual Training School from the street.
We hope to see all former CFUW Cranbrook Club Woman of the Year recipients there for our 30th annual group photo.
The Cranbrook Club has 12 members locally and is a member of CFUW National, a non-political, voluntary, self-funded, bilingual and non-governmental organization of women university graduates in 110 clubs across Canada that works to improve the status of women and girls, education, peace, justice and human rights. CFUW holds special consultative status at the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Sectoral Committee of education of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of 61 national affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).
For further information, please look us up at our website www.cfuw-cranbrook.com.
Lead image: Gail Brown, right, provides information about the Kootenay Child Development Centre during a June 2012 tour of the facility by Premier Christy Clark. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW