She was an orator and an entertainer; she was an author and an advocate; she was a teacher and a legislator. She was a prairie woman who used her talents, determination and energy to bring about change in society. She was a Trailblazer.
The Manitoba 150
In partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press, the Nellie McClung Foundation is proud to introduce the 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards, an opportunity to salute the contributions that Manitoba woman have made to social justice, arts, sports, politics, community activities and promoting democracy while developing this great province.
These Trailblazer Awards will honour Nellie McClung’s vision by recognizing the spirit of her life’s work being advanced by women leaders of today or throughout Manitoba’s history. The 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazers will be officially announced on January 28th, 2021, the 105th Anniversary of most Manitoba women being the first in Canada to receive the right to vote.
Unfortunately, due to the the unforeseen circumstances, we find ourselves in and the restrictions presented placed by COVID-19, we will be unable to host an in-person event as originally planned.
We still aim to publicly recognize the great accomplishments of all of the award recipients along with the names of those who were nominated and will do so through a virtual book. The virtual book will also feature all of the women nominated and will be available on our website, nelliemcclungfoundation.com.
THE 150 MANITOBA WOMEN TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENTS
Angelique and Marguerite Nolin
Anne Ross, C.M.
Barbara Bruce, O.M.
Bernadette Smith, O.M., MLA
Carol Shields, C.C., O.M., F.R.S.C.
Catherine (Kate) McPherson
Chief Betsy Kennedy, O.M.
Christine (Chris) Burrows
Clara Hughes, O.C., O.M., M.S.C., OLY
Clarissa (Chriss) May Joyce Tetlock
Connie Magnusson Schimnowski
Constance (Connie) Eyolfson
Corrine Joan Scott, O.M., M.B.A.
Daphne Odjig, C.M., O.B.C.
Dayna Spiring, LL.B.
Debora Durnin-Richards, PHEc, M.Ed.
Diane Redsky, O.M.
Doreen Brownstone, O.M.
Doris Mae Oulton
Dr. Alexandria Wilson, Ed.D.
Dr. Charlotte W. Ross, M.D.
Dr. Helen Glass O.C., O.M., Ed.D., Hon. LL.D., Hon. D.Sc.
Dr. Jennifer Shay, O.C.,Ph.D.
Dr. Jessie Lang, LL.D.
Dr. June James, O.M., Hon DIP(RRC) , BSC., BSC (med), M.D , FRCPC.
Dr. June Menzies, C.M., O.M.
Dr. Marsha Hanen, C.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Mirjana Roksandic, Ph.D.
Dr. Noralou P. Roos, O.C., Ph.D.
Dr. Rayleen De Luca, C.M., O.M.
Dr. Sherry Peden, Ph.D.
Dr. Sybil Shack, C.M., LL.D.
E. Cora Hind
Edith Mary McDowell, LL.D.
Eira "Babs" Friesen, C.M.
Elder Mae Louise Campbell
Evelyn Hart, C.C., O.M., F.R.S.C.
Florence Edith McTavish Rogers
Gabrielle Roy, C.C., F.R.S.C.
Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.
Gudrun Helga Julia Sigurdson
Harriet Snetsinger Dick
Helen "Ma" Armstrong
Helen Granger Young, O.M.
Helena F. Reimer, C.M.
Honourable Janis Gundrun Johnson, C.M.
Honourable Janice Filmon. C.M., O.M.
Honourable Judge Kimberly Prost, LL.B.
Honourable Myrna Driedger, MLA
Honourable Pearl McGonigal, C.M., O.M.
Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., C.M.
Isabel G. Auld, C.M., LL.D
Isabel Ross MacLean Hunt, LL.B
Jean Agnes Hird
Joan Mary Harland
Kanaye Connie Matsuo
Kathleen M. Richardson, C.C., O.M. , LL.D.
Kathy Mallett, O.M.
Margaret Morse, O.M.
Margret Jonsdottir Benedictsson
Marie-Anne Lagimodière (née Gaboury)
Martha Jane Hample
Mary Kelekis, O.M.
Mary Richard, O.M., M.S.M.
Mayor Anna Pazdzierski
Muriel Smith, O.C., O.M.
Muriel Sprague Richardson
Olive Bend Little
Pamela Rebello, O.M.
Ruth Elaine Christie, LL.D.
Sadie Mildred Grimm
Senator Marilou McPhedran, CM, LL.M., LL.B., LL.D.
Senator Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA
Senator Raymonde Gagné, C.M., O.M.
Senator Mary Jane McCallum, D.M.D.
Sherri Walsh, LL.B
Sophie May "Diamond Queen" Ryan
Susan A. Thompson, O.M., LL.D.
Tannis Richardson, C.M., LL.D.
The Very Reverend the Hon. Lois M. Wilson, C.C., OOnt
Tina Jones, O.M.
Tina Keeper, O.M., M.S.M, LL.D.
Verna J. Kirkness, C.M., O.M.
Wilma Derksen, O.M.
Council of Women of Winnipeg Inc.
Founding Board of Directors of Women’s Health Clinic – Ellen Kruger, Dr. C. Yuen, Kathryn Edmunds, Linda Taylor, Niki Garson, Paula Gardner, Paula Harris, and Robert Janz
Founders of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association - Isabel Richard and 11 others
Jon Sigurdson Chapter IODE
Manitoba Women’s Institute
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA)
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC)
Selma Loewen, Sara Stoesz, Linie Friesen, Susan Giesbrecht and the dozens of women who founded the first Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift shops
The Junior League of Winnipeg
The Nellie McClung Foundation (including founding member Bette Mueller)
The Partners of Patersons LLP
The Shameless Circle
University Women's Club of Winnipeg
Winnipeg Raging Grannies
Women of the Fur Trade (including Thanadelthur/ Thanadeltth'er)
RELIGIOUS ORDERS/ORDRES RELIGIEUX
Les Soeurs Du Sauveur
Luc d’Antioche, snjm
Missionary Oblate Sisters
Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns)
Sisters of Misericordia
Sisters of Service
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate
Sister Agathe Dorge, SNJM
Sister Angelica Of Mary
Sister Carol Peloquin, SNJM, C.M.
Sister Geraldine MacNamara, SNJM, C.M., LL.B.
Sister Jean Ell, SGM
Sister Leonne Dumesnil, SNJM, C.M.
The Institute of the Sisters of Service of Canada
ALL 150 MANITOBA WOMEN TRAILBLAZER NOMINEES
Annette Saint-Pierre, C.M.
Beatrice St. Amant
Brenlee Carrington Trepel, LL.B.
Brigette Lacquette, OLY
Cindy Klassen, O.M., OLY
Donna Miller, Q.C., LL.B.
Dorothy Livesay, O.C., O.B.C., F.R.S.C.
Dr. Anna Stokke, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne Smigel, Hon. LL.D.
Dr. Cynthia Grant, Ph.D.
Dr. Darlene Wight, M.A., D.Litt.
Dr. Di Brandt, Ph.D.
Dr. Diane McGifford, Ph.D.
Dr. Donalda (Dina) Huggins M.D.
Dr. Ethel McPhail, M.D.
Dr. Flordeliz Gigi Osler, M.D.
Dr. Grace Ann Stewart, Ph.D.
Dr. Halimatou Ba, Ph.D.
Dr. Jaime Cidro, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Nagam, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda J. Malcomson, Ph.D.
Dr. Lise Gaboury-Diallo, C.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Margaret Newton, Ph.D., FRSC, LL.D.
Dr. Marjorie Anderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Marlyn Cook, M.D.
Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Ph.D.
Dr. Olva Odlum
Dr. Reeni Soni, M.D.
Dr. Sandra Kirby, O.C., OLY
Dr. Sara Israels, O.M., M.D.
Dr. Sheila Dresden
Dr. Tabitha Wood, Ph.D.
Dr. Tracie Afifi, Ph.D.
Dr. Ursilla McAlister Macdonnell, Ph.D.
Edythe Millicent Brown Ehrlich
Eileen Charlotte Collins, O.M.
Elise Harrer Vane
Emilie Ross (née Poitras)
Ethel Mary (Playfair) Harrison
Evelyn Wawryshyn Moroz
Gail Serena Singer
Grace Eiko Thomson
Gudrun Jónsdóttir Storm
H2O Academy Co-Founders Kaley Maksymyk & Krista Morden
Helen M. Powell
Helena Penner Hiebert
Honourable Candice Bergen, P.C., MP
Honourable JoAnne Buth
Joan (Sigrid) Johnson
Josephine Hogg Campbell
Judge Mary A. Wawrykow, Q.C., LL.B.
Judith Weiszman, P. Eng
Kathryn (Kathy) June Hamelin
Laura Goodman Salverson
Leonore Saunders, O.M.
Lillian Vilborg Bjarnason MacPherson, LL.B., M.L.I.S.
Lisa Meeches, C.M., O.M.
Loreena McKennitt, C.M., O.M., C.D.
Loréna Aglae “Dollee” Chevrier
Louise Habimana Uwera
Mabel Josephine Wardrop
Manie Tobie (pen name for Thérèse Goulet-Courchaine)
Margaret Ann Scott
Margaret Bloodworth, C.M., LL.B.
Margaret June Kenter
Margaret Laurence, C.C., LL.D.
Margaret Sweatman, M.A.
Mariette Mulaire, C.I.M., C.I.T.P.
Martha Ruth Brooks
Mary Barrett Speechly, LL.D.
Mary Riter Hamilton
Meeka Walsh, C.M.
Miriam Toews, O.M., Hon. D.C.L., D.Litt.,
Nahanni Fontaine, MLA
Neila Premachuk, O.M.
Parusia Purohit, N.P.
Pauline Boutal, C.M.
Reeve Lori Schellekens
Ruth Waterman Rubinstein
Sandra Hodzic, M.B.A., M.P.A.
Sharron Zenith Corne
Sonja Bejzyk, S.M.V.
Sophia Thomas Mason
Speaker Devi Sharma, Winnipeg City Councillor
Susan Auch, OLY
The Honourable Ruth Krindle, LL.D., LL.B.
Thelma Alma Wynne
Trailblazing women at the University of Manitoba/Femmes pionnières à l’Université du Manitoba
Venla Hovi, OLY
Violet Irene Guymer (née Poynter)
Wanda Koop, C.M., O.M., LL.D., D.F.A., D.Litt., R.C.A.
Winnifred Van Slyck, C.M.
This is a call to nominate Manitoba women who were Trailblazers: women who were first in their field or who through their work, had a significant impact on their field or community.
A woman, or a collective of women, who have made an impact on the development of Manitoba.
Nominees must have:
Worked or volunteered or played a role that was first in their field or had significant impact or outcome on society in Manitoba
Demonstrated leadership and acted as a role model
Reflected the spirit of Nellie McClung
Worked/lived for a significant part of their lives in the territory that is now called Manitoba (please verify this in the application)
Nominee (if alive) must agree to nomination
Women who will be participating in the selection process
Who can nominate:
Anyone can nominate
Oral history and accounts
Community Club minutes, other meeting minutes
NOMINATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
We would like to thank all those who provided nominees for the Nellie McClung Foundation’s 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards.
We are pleased to announce that we received over 350 nominations.
The Nellie McClung Foundation, in partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press, have put in place a third-party selection committee who will undertake the review of all nomination.
Successful nominators/nominees will be notified by email, January 2021.
All nominees will be recognized in a book and showcased at the Manitoba Museum in a temporary exhibit open to the public dates to be confirmed.