File 6 - Canadian Women's Press Club, Vancouver Island Branch

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Canadian Women's Press Club, Vancouver Island Branch

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  • 1949-1968 (Creation)
    Women's Press Club of Toronto

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The Canadian Women's Press Club was founded in 1904 by a group of Canadian woman reporters returning from a complimentary trip to the St. Louis Exposition. The club was suggested by George Henry Ham, the CPR's publicity director, and the first president was Kathleen Blake "Kit" Coleman. The Toronto Branch was founded in 1909, one of 15 regional branches organized over the years. Established as a "craft club" to help and promote its members in the profession of journalism, the Club remained active until the 1990's, counting as members most Canadian women journalists of note. In 1971 the Canadian Women's Press Club became the Media Club of Canada, and the Toronto Branch of the Club became the Media Club of Canada, Toronto Branch. In 1976 the Toronto Branch became an autonomous group under the name Toronto Women's Press Club, later changed to the Women's Press Club of Toronto. The Toronto Branch ceased in 199? and the Media Club of Canada suspended operations in 199?

By the 1980's the Women's Press Club of Toronto had launched a history project and put Kay Rex, a long-time member, in charge of collecting materials and writing a history of the Canadian Women's Press Club to 1971. Her book No Daughter of Mine: The Women and History of the Canadian Women's Press Club, 1904-1971 was published in 1995 by the University of Toronto Press.

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Scrapbook compiled by the Vancouver Island Branch of the C.W.P.C relating to the C.W.P.C Triennial Conference which took place in Vancouver from June 20-24, 1949 and other themes. This scrapbook contains predominantly newsclippings and b&w photographs. Some correspondence is also included in this scrapbook.

The first section of this scrapbook contains materials relating to the 1949 Triennial Conference of the C.W.P.C in West Coast Canada. There is much overlap between the materials contained in this scrapbook compiled by the Vancouver Island Branch of the C.W.P.C. and those contained in a second C.W.P.C scrapbook, which is devoted exclusively to the Triennial Event (see file 5).

The photographs and clippings relate to the events which constituted the Triennial Conference of the C.W.P.C. in Vancouver including the award of Memorial Gold medals to Dorothy Howarth and Lotta Dempsey Fisher by the C.W.P.C during the government dinner held in honour of the conference delegates in Victoria, as well as to the Oriental Sun Dinner held for the visiting women journalists, and to the delegates trip on board the H.M.C.S. Crescent which transported them from Vancouver to Victoria.
The scrapbook also includes articles on prominent women journalists who attended the conference including Isabel Dingman, the only woman journalism instructor at the time, and Annie Mathewson, women's editor of “The Gleaner” who received a scroll at the conference in recognition of half a century in the Fourth Estate. Also among these clippings is an article on Marie Holmes editor of Chatelaine Magazine and Director of the Chatelaine Institute.

This scrapbook also contains a column written by Eva-Lis Wuorio, MacLean's Magazine writer, in the New Westerner. She attended the conference also and in this column writes about her impressions of the West Coast comparing it to East Coast Canada. Other articles that appeared in the local newspapers during the conference focus on the impressions made by the visiting women journalists.

The remaining items in this scrapbook include press clippings and photographs dated 1950, and 1957-1961, 1963, and 1967-1968. These materials cover a wide range of subject areas. Among the themes covered are the following : ( 1) Prominent guests received by the Victoria Women's Press Club including Nancy Hodges, M.L.A, Speaker-Designate of the Legislative Assembly, the fiction writer, George Albert Glay, and author, poet, and radio script writer, Floris Mclaren; (2) C.W.P.C tour of U.K. in 1950 as guests of the Dollar Sterling Trade Board of Canada and Dollar Exports Board of the U.K; ( 3) The formation of the Vancouver Island Branch of C.W.P.C in 1956; ( 4) Activities and meetings (including reports on election of new officers at these meetings) of the Vancouver Island Branch of C.W.P.C.; (5) Guest speakers received by the Vancouver Island Branch of C.W.P.C including Madelaine Levason, National President of C.W.P.C who visited in 1957; (6) Article (1958?) on C.W.P.C focusing on new National President, Madelaine Levason; (7) C.W.P.C Memorial Awards and scholarship winners from B.C. including Dinah Kerr, Majorie McGuffin, and Sally Delbridge; (8) Reports of falling standards in women's journalism at Triennial C.W.P.C meeting in Ottawa (1959); (9) Golden Jubilee of Vancouver Branch of C.W.P.C in 1959; (10) Members of Vancouver Island Branch attend afternoon tea with Mrs. Frank Ross, wife of Lieutenant-Governor General Ross, at Government House in 1960; (11) C.W.P.C tour of the Valley Fruit Industry in the South Okanagan; (12) Amita Malik's (Indian Journalist) tour of Canada including Victoria in 1960/1961, which was sponsored by the C.W.P.C and UNESCO; (13) Foreign journalists visit the C.W.P.C in Victoria in 1967 as part of the club's Centennial Project; ( 14) Vancouver
Triennial Post Convention Tour in 1968.

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