Monday, October 12, 2009

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS - Vancouver & Victoria, BC - October 2009

Since 1992, October has been Canada's Women's History Month.

2009 Theme - Women in the Lead: Winter Sports

See Status of Women Canada for more information.

For general questions about Vancouver area women's history events, please contact Diane Rogers: or call 604 294 5369.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 7-8:30pm

Helena Gutteridge, Vancouver's First "Alderman", an illustrated talk by historian and author, Irene Howard, with readings by Kathrine Howard, at Vancouver City Hall's Council Chambers, 453 West 12th Ave. Free; seating limited.

Co-sponsored by Herstory Cafe and Vancouver Councillor Ellen Woodsworth and the Women's Advisory Committee.


Thursday October 15, 7:30-9:00 pm

Talk by writer and activist Canyon Sam on the history of Tibet from the perspective of its women in her new book, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, a memoir that spans over twenty years.

Vancouver Public Library, Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia St. For more information,please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604 331 3603.

Friday October 16, 3:00pm

Join Vancouver Public Library's inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history. "Ms. Nahanee is a descendant and cultural ambassador of the Squamish and Nisga'a Nations. She is excited to be sharing stories of mythology and historical events from her culture that only recently began to emerge beyond the First Nations community."

Vancouver Public Library, Carnegie Theatre, Carnegie Branch, 401 Main St. Free; all ages.

This event repeats at other branches; see below.

Tuesday, October 20, 7:30-9pm

Beth Rowles Scott presents her new book Pinch Me: A Long Walk from the Prairies. Beth became the first female high school principal in BC. Retired, she and new husband George started ACCES - education for impoverished Kenyans.

Vancouver Public Library, Meeting Room, Level 3, Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Friday/Saturday October 23/24

2009 Women's History Network of British Columbia Conference
Theme - Women, Sports and Physical Recreation

Friday, 7-9 pm, Salmonberry Room, Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Vancouver.

Saturday, all day, 9-4 pm, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame,
777 Pacific Blvd S., Vancouver

For registration forms, see here.

Saturday October 24, 3-4pm

Join Amanda Nahanee for storytelling.

Vancouver Public Library, Mount Pleasant Branch. This program will be held in Kingsgate Mall, during the Worlds of Wisdom Fair, 370 East Broadway. Note: the Mount Pleasant branch itself will be closed that day. Free. All ages. For more information please contact Mount Pleasant Branch at 604 665 3962.

Wednesday October 28, 7-9 pm

Join Vancouver Public Library's inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history.

Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.


For general questions about Victoria women's history events, please contact Lyn Gough:

Sunday, October l8th, 1:45 pm

Yvonne Van Ruskenveld will give another of her
popular Women's History Tours for the Old Cemeteries' Society.

Meet in front of Starbucks at Fairfield Plaza. $5 for non-members.
Info at: 250 598 8870; E-mail or see the website:

Sunday October 18th, 2-3:30 pm

Author Merna Forster will give an illustrated talk: "Celebrating Canadian Heroines: Famous & Forgotten Faces". Merna is the creator of the website:

Oak Bay Branch of the Victoria Public Library, 1442 Monterey Avenue. Free. Telephone to pre-register: 250 592 2489.

This event repeats at the Central Library, October 20th. See below.

Sunday, October 18th, 11am-5pm

Silkroad Aromatherapy & Tea holds its annual "Pink Tea" party on the 80th Anniversary of the Persons Case which granted Canadian women the right to be appointed to the Canadian Senate.
Free event, sample teas, wear pink and be eligible for a raffle prize.
Address: 1624 Government Street, near Fisgard.

Tuesday October 20th, 7-8:30pm

Author Merna Forster will give an illustrated talk on Canadian women at the Central Library.

Free. Central Library, 735 Broughton St. Contact the Library to pre-register, 250 413 0389.

Thursday October 22nd, at 7:30 p.m

Victoria Historical Society presents Audrey Thomas speaking about the 100 year history of the Victoria University Women's Club.

James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies. The public is welcome. For more information, e-mail:

Tuesday, October 27th, beginning at 7am.

Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF) will hold its annual Persons Day Breakfast with founding member Mary Eberts as guest speaker.

Ambrosia Conference Centre, 638 Fisgard.
Contact toll free at l 866 737 7716, or see the LEAF website: Tickets $40, donations appreciated.

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