The Nellie McClung Foundation promotes Nellie’s legacy of striving to achieve equality.
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 perserverance. 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.
The Nellie McClung Foundation was created in order to acknowledge and raise awareness of the contributions of Nellie McClung and her “famous” friends, who assisted in advancing the cause of women in this province and country, and who created opportunities for all citizens for generations to come.
Nellie’s work had previously been recognized through memorials in Ottawa and in Calgary, until the unveiling of the Nellie MCClung Foundation Monument, not within the province where the seeds of her ideas and their work took root.
The idea for the project began in 2002 with MLA Myrna Driedger, then critic for the Status of Women, who was charged with looking at various women’s issues in the province of Manitoba. She identified Nellie McClung as a significant and yet largely unrecognized contributor to the life of women in this province, and in speaking with grassroots women’s organizations and individuals, believed it was time to find some way to honour her contributions. Dreidger, along with Opposition Leader Stuart Murray and MLA Frank Pitura, drafted a Private Member’s Bill for the Manitoba Legislature to create a foundation that would erect a monument for Nellie McClung at the Legislature, serving to educate the public about her achievements.
Support for this Bill was concurrently received from the Manitou-Pembina Cultural and Heritage Committee. Their focus was primarily on Nellie McClung, who had married and taught school in Manitou. The Private Member’s Bill received unanimous approval on its first reading, and it passed on December 4th, 2003. Following this, the Nellie McClung Foundation was officially constituted on September 15, 2006.
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.
Educating and providing varied resources, history and experiences that inspire equal participation in leadership roles.
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.
Providing resources and educational opportunities to encourage women to identity and develop their talents and to exercise leadership.
Educating to a social awareness which challenges individuals to act justly and support equality.
Promoting the right and privilege to run for political office and to vote.
Providing opportunities to recognize and celebrate the talents and leadership of women.
The Honourable Janice Filmon was the founding chair of The Nellie MCClung Foundation. She and Hon. Myrna Driedger assembled an exemplary team of women and men in order to tackle the challenges of legally establishing the Foundation, erecting the monument, fundraising and capital management, branding and communications, media and government relations.
The organizations value of education required teaching, research, subject matter expertise, and the relationships with other leading women’s and human rights organizations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, O.C., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor, Province of Manitoba
Doris Mae Oulton, Chair
Lila Goodspeed, Past Chair
Hon. Myrna Driedger