ABOUT US

The

Nellie McClung

Foundation

The Nellie McClung Foundation aims to raise awareness and celebrate Nellie McClung’s legacy by inspiring and educating present and future champions to continue the journey to equality.

The Nellie McClung Foundation was created to acknowledge and raise awareness of the contributions Nellie McClung and her ‘famous’ friends made in enabling Manitoba to become the first province in Canada to grant some women the right to vote.

We know how easy it is to take for granted the hard-won rights and privileges we now hold. We need to remember our history and the work of women like Nellie McClung and her peers; they are an example of what each of us can achieve through hard work, passion and perseverance. Nellie’s legacy is an inspiration to us all. Today, more than ever we have the power to make great changes when we work together.

OUR VISION

The Nellie McClung Foundation aims to raise awareness and celebrate Nellie McClung’s legacy by inspiring and educating present and future champions to continue the journey to equality.

Our History

Before the unveiling of the Winnipeg monument, there had never been a monument recognizing Nellie McClung in the province where she lived and worked for more than 30 years.

The idea began in 2002 with MLA Myrna Driedger, then critic for the Status of Women. She identified Nellie as a significant but unrecognized contributor to the life of women in Manitoba. In speaking with grassroots women's organizations and individuals, it became clear that it was time to find some way to honour Nellie's contributions.

Through a Private Member's Bill, the Manitoba Legislature created a foundation that would erect a monument for Nellie McClung at the Legislature, serving to educate the public about her achievements. Together with founding Chair The Honourable Janice C. Filmon. O.C., O.M., MLA Driedger assembled an exemplary team of men and women who commissioned the artist and the foundry; reviewed and selected monument concepts; raised funds; managed promotions; and developed the site. The monument was finally unveiled in 2010.



 

Our Values

EQUAL RIGHTS

Educating and providing varied resources, history and experiences that inspire equal participation in leadership roles.

HONOURING LEGACY

Embedding the values that were reflected by those earlier women and men who fought for equality and reaffirming that, if we believe in something, we can achieve it.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Providing resources and educational opportunities to encourage women to identity and develop their talents and to exercise leadership.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Educating to a social awareness which challenges individuals to act justly and support equality.

DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

Promoting the right and privilege to run for political office and to vote.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Providing opportunities to recognize and celebrate the talents and leadership of women.

FOUNDATION

Contact

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 41081 Markham
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2H0

Executive Director

Dana Driedger

ddriedger@ournellie.com

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