Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves", or Not: Aunts and Caregiving in Canada - Herstory Cafe event, March 25, 2009, Vancouver, BC

Herstory Cafe event, March 2009

"Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves", or Not: Aunts and Caregiving in Canada. UBC historian and author Veronica Strong-Boag explores the history of women's longstanding role in family caregiving, focusing on aunts and their relationships with sisters, sisters in law, children and childcare.

At the Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford St., Vancouver, BC.
Free event.
March 25, 2009, 7 pm, limited seating.

Herstory Cafe website:

International Women' Day 2009

Today is International Women's Day (IWD).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year designated a multi-year " campaign calling on people and governments the world over to unite to end violence against women and girls. The campaign will run through 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The link with the Goals is clear. We must stop the habitual and socially ingrained violence that mars lives, destroys health, perpetuates poverty and prevents us from achieving women’s equality and empowerment...." To read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's complete address go to 'Messages' on the IWD UN site link below.

This week, in honour of IWD, his Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro launched the Secretary-General’s database on violence against women.

International Women's Day, United Nations:

UN Violence Against Women Database, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Status of Women Canada (note the new website links) :

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mary Campbell, only surviving member of UBCs 1930 World Champion Women's Basketball Team dies

Mary Campbell, Physical Education teacher at John Oliver High School in Vancouver, BC, from 1938-1961, passed away yesterday, 4 March, 2009 at 98 years of age. She was the school's oldest known surviving teacher.

Mary Campbell was also the only surviving member of the University of British Columbia's 1930 World Champion Women's Basketball Team which won 18-14 over France.

In 2007 when the 1930 UBC Women's Basketball Team was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, she was one of only two surviving members. Her teammates were: Rene Harris, Claire Menton, Jean Whyte, Rettie Tingley, Marian Shelley, Lois Tourtelotte, Florence Carlisle, Thelma Mahon, and coach Jack Barberie.

The team was also inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.

1929/30 UBC Women's Basketball team, UBC Sports Hall of Fame

Mary Campbell first taught English and coached girls' basketball in Penticton, then moved to Templeton Junior in Vancouver. After that she went to John Oliver where she worked till 1961 when she took a position at Windemere Secondary in Vancouver. In April of this year, the John Oliver Girls' Gymnasium is to be renamed in her honour.

A photographic tribute to her career by Ken Macleod of the John Oliver High School Historical Committee.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler wins Gold in Ski Cross Competition, Japan, 2009 - BC Women in Sport

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada's Ashleigh McIvor wins the gold medal in the ski cross competition at the FIS freestyle world championships in Inawashiro, Japan.

"Whistler's McIvor captures world ski cross crown", Canwest News Service, March 2, 2009 9:02 AM: