Yvonne Van Ruskenveld leads a cemetery tour. She brings her historical knowledge to Windsor Park Pavilion Sept. 20. (Submitted photo)

Heritage talk explores women’s roles in old Oak Bay

More Than Homebodies - Women of Early Oak Bay is Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Windsor Park Pavilion

Oak Bay Heritage explores women’s roles of the past in our community with an illustrated talk with writer and historian Yvonne Van Ruskenveld

“What I’m going to do is look at the spectrum of what women’s lives were like,” said Van Ruskenveld, a tour leader for Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria. Alongside images, she’ll delve into the women here from prominent philanthropists to those working on the farm.

It’s a difficult topic to explore, she says, as “women’s lives weren’t always written about the way men’s were.”

She’s always looking to build on her knowledge, making each talk a little different. Van Ruskenveld likes to surprise her guests, but anticipates artists, athletes and labourers to make an appearance. It will include the early First Nations and the First Nations women who came here with the Hudson’s Bay Company husbands.

“And other women who did some interesting things, light the lighthouse keeper for example,” she said. “I love talking about the early women of Greater Victoria because people don’t know much about them.”

More Than Homebodies – Women of Early Oak Bay is Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Windsor Park Pavilion. Donations welcome and refreshments will be served.


 

@OakBayNews
cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Barb Desjardins clinches another win, will serve fourth term as Esquimalt mayor

Three new councillors will join three veterans at Esquimalt Township council

EDITORIAL: Voters across Greater Victoria embrace progressive ideas, new course in regional governance

Election results also reveal regional fissure between core and outer communities

B.C. Guide dogs is looking for volunteer puppy raisers

Labrador retrievers need to learn obedience and socialization before heading to work

Voters in Saanich and Victoria support creation of citizens’ assembly on amalgamation

Group will continue to keep pressure on Victoria and Saanich councils after amalgamation referendum

Victoria and Saanich voters elect to move ahead with amalgamation talks

Victoria and Saanich voters have chosen to move ahead with exploring amalgamation… Continue reading

UPDATE: Lisa Helps re-elected as mayor of Victoria

Nine people were seeking the mayor’s seat for the City of Victoria and 29 candidates hoped to be chosen for council

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Most Read