Category: Women’s history

Black History Month: Barbara Howard

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Barbara Howard received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal last week at Burnaby City Hall.

Barbara turns 93 this year, and in the last couple of years she’s been festooned with a slew of honours including induction into both the Burnaby and the BC Sports Hall of Fame and a “Freedom of the Municipality” award from Belcarra Council, where she owns a cottage.

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Places that Matter

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At 7:30 pm on Tuesday June 26, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is presenting a Places that Matter plaque to the Joy Kogawa House. The house at 1450 West 64th Avenue is one of 125 places chosen to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and represent people, places and events that have shaped the city and that matter to Vancouverites.

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The Poet and the Tree House

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See the full story in Sensational Victoria: Bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts and gardens

The first time I call Susan Musgrave at her home in Haida Gwaii, she can’t talk because she’s cooking dinner for John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce. The second time I call, she’s busy vacuuming, but is kind enough to spare a few minutes before she has to be at her bed and breakfast—the Copper Beech House.

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Sylvia Holland (1900-1974)

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See the full story in Sensational Victoria: Bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts and gardens

I had a really interesting chat with Theo Halladay recently. Theo is 83 and living in the house her mother designed in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Theo was born in Victoria, and I’m quite fascinated with her mother Sylvia Moberly Holland, the first registered woman architect in British Columbia, and who I write about in detail in Sensational Victoria.

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