Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

I’m out of the Loop

out of the loopAs you may (or may not) know, I volunteer with the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Canada as their social media coordinator. That’s been fun and very satisfying work. Next June, the organization is holding its 20th Triennial Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The organizing committee invites delegates, speakers, performers, and the like to attend the event. Alternately, they invite them to send greetings.

So far the list includes the usual suspects: the Queen, the Governor General, the Mayor of Fredericton.

My mission (with your help!) is to suggest names of people, politicians, heads of state, and anyone else who might help to raise the profile of Women’s Institutes in Canada.

I am so far out of the loop celebrity-wise, important women-wise, high-profile women-wise that is isn’t funny. I don’t watch TV and I don’t read newspapers or magazines.

Can you suggest anyone?


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35 replies

  1. uh-oh. I’m definitely not your muse on this one 😦


  2. Oh, hell, Maggie. Invite Oprah.

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  3. I admire so many Canadian Women! Margaret Atwood (no intro necessary). Maryanne Pearce (discovered the problem with missing native women not being investigated), Naomi Klein (no intro necessary), Heather Jarvis (Slutwalk), Theresa Spence (Idle No More), Maude Barlow (environmentalist). Not sure if they are all feminists but each one concerned with social justice.

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  4. Miriam Toews, Elizabeth May (Green Party leader), Alexa McDonough (former leader of the NDP and a Maritimer), Measha Brueggergosman (Canadian soprano and from Fredericton). That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

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  5. I like it because it’s obviously suiting you very well, you clever thing ! 😀
    Wish I were in a position to make a sensible suggestion.


  6. Not sure if this will help, but a google search of ‘canadian female bloggers’ or canadian feminist bloggers’ brought up possibilities. Could do same search for almost any specialty (like academia or authors). Might also consider contacting public affairs officers at universities or gov’t departments for assistance.

    Sounds like a lot if work, Maggie, but hopefully continues to be rewarding for you!

    Keep us posted (no pun intended).


  7. I could give you some names but I’d be making it up which is probably not what you’re after, right? How about some names of people I’d like to see out of our country for a while? No? Oh well, worth a try.

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  8. You have the wonderful Canadian Author, Alice Munro, born 1931. She has won many literary awards, including 2013 Nobel Prize in literature, ‘master of the contemporary short story.’ If she’s feeling too fragile she might do a video talk? Perhaps that’s asking too much, but I’ve seen a lively UTube video from last year, and she’s a very special person…..


  9. Writers Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, singers Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Joni Mitchell and Ann Murray.


  10. I hope Adrienne Clarkson is on a list somewhere!


  11. Inside Canada: Adrienne Clarkson, Sarah Polley, Kathleen Wynne. Outside Canada I would suggest Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban, and also Angeljna Jolie, very high profile and very active in human rights issues globally.


  12. If not already on your list, I would suggest feminist researcher Angela Miles (U of T) and others from studies in Adult Education. And how about a young generation Z candidate, 16 year old science inventor Anna Makosinski from Victoria? We need to inspire younger generations.

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  13. How about our friend A. F. Stewart. She’s in Canada and is a well read and published author. Right now, she’s doing her annual CoffinHop thing.


  14. Definitely Sarah Polley. Jann Arden is another. What about Olivia Chow?

    What a cool gig Maggie! Best of luck 😉


  15. Basia Bulat; I love her music and her way of talking to an audience. Sorry, that’s only one name, but it looks like you have plenty now!



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