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             Women's History Network of British Columbia, Canada (WHN/BC)                 


 WHN/BC Blog: www.whnbc.blogspot.com


New! December 4th, 2010 Conference in Victoria

- Registration Form

- Printable poster  with details

New!  WHN/BC November 2010 newsletter


Thank you to all the Women's History Fair 2010 Participants !   

ancouver Business College Basketball Team, 1904 or 1905. CVA collections. 

Vancouver Business College Basketball Team, 1904 or 1905. Miss Kendall, Winnie Cotter, Miss Mills, Gertie Gordon (Mrs. D.T. Thomson),

Mina Brown, Laura Forsythe, J.R. Cunningham, Jennie Evans, D.H. Elliott, Miss Forsythe and one unidentified person.
Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives,
Major Matthews collection, Add. MSS. 54, Sp P54.


To receive a copy of WHN/BC's next Newsletter, please contact WHN/BC  


 WHN/BC's Mission & History:                

The Women's History Network of British Columbia, Canada is a broadly based not- for-profit society that exists to celebrate the contributions women have made to the history of the province.  Composed of women who research, discuss, write about and care about women's history, it provides opportunities for networking and for sharing information.  The Network includes as members archivists, teachers, professors, writers, genealogists, students and others interested in the field of women's history. The Network is committed to inclusivity with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, region, religion, and ability.

    WHN/BC was originally inspired by the enthusiastic spirit of the 1994 conference, "BC and Beyond: Gender Histories," held in Victoria, B.C.  Academics and community women volunteered to set up a provincial gender history network, and WHN/BC's first annual conference was held in Abbotsford the next year.   WHN/BC holds a conference each year, and supports the initiatives of members and others interested in promoting women's history.  WHN/BC is now a provincially registered non-profit society,  (incorporated in 1996), and is an associate member of the B.C. Historical Federation.

Become a Member of WHN/BC:

For just $25. a year, members enjoy a variety of benefits and access to many opportunities:

Membership in WHN/BC is just $25 a year (January to December) & $10 a year for students.

To join, please send a cheque payable to WHN/BC, c/o S. Colbert-Kerns, 13325 Prospect Drive,  Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1G9 , along with your name, address, including postal code, telephone number & e-mail address, if applicable.  Let us know your specialization or areas of interest in women's history, and please let us know if you would be interested in receiving the WHN/BC newsletter electronically.

Printable Membership Form

Personal information is collected by WHN/BC under the authority of British Columbia's  Personal Information Protection Act and will be shared with the Board of Directors and other members for contact purposes and information exchange.  For more information, please contact WHN/BC.

 Upcoming WHN/BC Events:


December 4, 2010, Victoria, BC

1-4 pm, Emily Carr Branch Library, Victoria, BC



History of Asian Indian 1st daughters in BC 1920-1950, with speaker Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas, Anthology editor/publisher of Zhindagee, Selected stories of our first daughters born in BC


Digitizing BC’s History, the BC Digitization Coalition.

Registration Form - please pre-register as space is limited.
Printable poster (no links)


WHN/BC's 2010 Events & Activities:

                April 10, 2010 - WHN/BC Women's History Fair, Vancouver

Outreach, Educate and Network

           Hosted by the Women's History Network of BC - WHN/BC, with co-sponsors,
the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, the Herstory Cafe and the Vancouver Courier.


2010 WHN/BC Women's History Fair

                     Mattie Gunterman photograph, VPL collections                            

Photographer: Mattie Gunterman, 1902, British Columbia. Courtesy Vancouver Public Library #2276

The Women's History Network of British Columbia (WHNBC), and co-sponsors the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, the Herstory Cafe, and the Vancouver Courier will be hosting a Women's History Fair in the busy indoor Promenade of the library’s Main Branch at 350 W. Georgia Street on Saturday afternoon April 10, 2010.  Free event!


The Fair will consist of twenty tables highlighting the diverse women's history related programs, activities, projects and collections by local groups, individuals and institutions and will feature table top displays from: museums, archives, organizations, cultural groups, schools and others.


The Women's History Fair is an excellent public venue for participants to educate the public and raise awareness of women in BC's history, to provide a venue for outreach work, for community building and for networking purposes.


Women's History Fair 2010 Participants included:

Women's History Network of BC, Vancouver Public Library Special Collections; Herstory Cafe, Vancouver Courier

Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, West Kootenay Women's Association, Philippine Women's Centre of BC, BC Genealogical Society, Original Costume Museum Society, City of Vancouver Archives, Arts & Culture Office - City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, Black Communities in BC 1858-2008 poster exhibit - SFU Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Archives, BC History of Nursing Society, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, Simon Fraser University Women's Studies, University Women's Club of Vancouver, North Vancouver Museum and Archives, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, WE*ACT Women Elders in Action, Pioneer Indian Women Settlers Centenary Celebration 2010, Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.

Follow the Women's History Fair 2010 Participants link to see more about each participant below with links to their websites.


The event is free to the public and there is no charge for the display tables.


Table registration form   Women's History Fair 2010 Printable Poster


Women's History Network of British Columbia logo

Vancouver Courier logo    Vancouver Public Library logo     Herstory Cafe logo


Co-sponsors: Herstory Cafe, the Vancouver Courier, and the Vancouver Public Library.




Women's History Month Canada logo    Canada's 2010 Women's History Month

2010 Theme:

Recognizing Canadian Women in Business - "From the earliest farmers, trappers and traders to today's courageous innovators and business leaders, women play a crucial role in our country's prosperity."

Status of Women Canada -  Women's History Month, Status of Women Canada

2010 was the 31st year for the annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. 

2010 Governor General's Persons Case Awards

Past recipients from British Columbia have been:                           

2010 Barbara Mowat, Abbotsford, BC
2009 Bev LeFrancois, formerly of British Columbia
2008 Shelagh Day, Vancouver, BC

Doreen McKenzie-Sanders, Vancouver, BC

2004 Bonnie Sherr Klein, Vancouver, BC
2000 Cherry Kingsley, Richmond, BC
1997 Dr.  E. Margaret Fulton, Salt Spring Island, BC
1996 Dr. Katie Cooke, Victoria, BC

Sheila Kingham, Victoria, BC

1994  Dr. Rose Charlie, Agassiz, BC

Jane Manual, Chase, BC

1990 Jean Scott, Chilliwack, BC
1989 Kay Armstrong, Saanichton, BC
1985 Pearl Steen, Vancouver, BC
1984 Dorothy Livesay, Galiano Island, BC
1979 Dr. Grace MacInnis, Vancouver, BC
1979 Eileen Tallman-Sufrin, White Rock, BC



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