Women's Firsts

Here we celebrate the pioneering accomplishments of women from Saskatchewan.

Vianne Timmons

First Woman President - University of Regina

  • Born in Labrador and spent her early life and  career in Alberta and British Columbia. 
  • Moved to Atlantic Canada in 1992 to join St. Francis Xavier University. 
  • Research is focused in the area of education with emphasis on literacy, learning
  • In recent years, she has taken up marathon running.
  • July 1, 2008 named First Woman President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.

Hayley Wickenheiser

Olympic Gold Medal Winner in Women’s Hockey
  • Born in Shaunavon in 1978.
  • First Woman to play professional hockey at a position other than goalie.
  • Represented Canada at Winter Olympics three times, led Canada to two Gold Medals.
  • In 2003 First Woman to score a goal playing in a men’s professional hockey league.

Yvette Moore

First Woman, Artist and Gallery Owner

  • Born in Radville.
  • Studied Architectural Engineering in Moose Jaw.
  • In 1999,  First Woman to open an award winning gallery, in Moose Jaw.
  • Has received numerous awards: Mr. Christies Book Award, Tourism Saskatchewan Award of Excellence.

Carol Snell

Saskatchewan’s First Woman Chief of Justice

  • Graduated from High School in Regina.
  • Practised with Saskatchewan Justice for over 20 year.
  • Provincial Court’s associate chief judge from May 2006 to January 2008
  • January 2008 named First Woman Chief Justice in Saskatchewan.

Joan Beatty

First Aboriginal Woman Elected to Saskatchewan Legislature

  • Born in northern community of Deschambault Lake
  • Former CBC Journalist.
  • Represented the Saskatchewan provincial riding of Cumberland.
  • In November 2003, she became the First Aboriginal Woman elected to Saskatchewan Legislation.

Catriona Le May Doan

Fastest Woman on Ice

  • She was born in Saskatoon.
  • She was the fastest woman on ice, winning a gold medal in speed skating in 1998 at the Nagano Olympics.
  • First and only Canadian individual to defend a gold medal at the Olympics.
  • Motivational speaker now living in Calgary.

Sandra Schmirler

First Women’s Olympic Gold Medal in Curling

  • Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan and started curling in Grade 7.
  • Won three Canadian Curling Championships (Scott Tournament of Hearts) and three World Curling Championships.
  • In 1998, led her team to the first Olympic Gold Medal for women’s curling.
  • Died in 2000, at the age of 36, leaving a legacy the  Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which raises funds to help care for babies in crisis

Buffy Sainte Marie

Academy Award Winner

  • Born on the Piapot Cree reservation in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan.
  • She became a gifted songwriter and singer at an early age.
  • Appeared regularly on Sesame Street.
  • In 1996 she received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Regina.
  • She was the first Saskatchewan born songwriter to win an Academy Award Oscar, for the song "Up Where We Belong".

Pamela Wallin

Journalist and Canada’s Consul General in New York City

  • Born in Wadena, Saskatchewan where the main street is named after her.
  • Began her career in journalism on CBC Radio.
  • Became famous interviewing newsmakers and celebrities.
  • In 2002 was appointed Canada’s Consul General in New York City

Sarah Ramsland

First Woman Member of the Saskatchewan Legislation

  • Born in the USA and moved to Buchanan, Saskatchewan as a newlywed.
  • In 1918 she became the First Woman elected to the Legislative Assembly.
  • She introduced a resolution calling for divorce law amendments to allow women to join men in being allowed to apply for divorce on the grounds of ‘spouse adultery’.

Sylvia Fedoruk

First Woman Lieutenant Governor

  • Born in Canora, Saskatchewan.
  • Instrumental in developing the first cobalt radiation unit.
  • First Woman Chancellor at U of S.
  • First Woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, from 1988 to 1994.

These women are only a few of many Women's Firsts in Saskatchewan.

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