The first of these was our book Women of Waterloo County, published in 2000. This was the first-ever book devoted to the history of women in our area, and it contained the biographies of 33 important local women who made significant contributions to this community -- and to other communities -- in a variety of fields. The book was very well-received, and has sold out.
The second project also had a local focus initially, but became national in scope as it proceeded. During World War II, Canadian women proudly served their country in uniform for the first time in history, and women's branches were established for all three arms of the military: the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. The major training centres for two of these services -- the Canadian Women's Army Corps and the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service -- were located in what is now the Region of Waterloo, and initial investigation showed that very little had been written about either centre. To research and write this history turned into a very large project documenting the wider history of both of these women's services, the CWACS and the WRENS. The first book and the DVD were launched in November of 2006 in a celebration attended by dozens of CWACS and WRENS from across Canada, which received national publicity. The completed project included two books and a DVD, and was entitled Proudly She Marched: Training Canada's World War II Women in Waterloo County.
Copies of both books -- Volume I on the Canadian Women's Army Corps (2006), and Volume II on the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (2007) -- are still available, and can be purchased by contacting this website. Proceeds from each of these projects were used to endow an entrance scholarship at the University of Waterloo: the Women of Waterloo County Scholarship and the Proudly She Marched/Jocelyn Cowan Scholarship.
In 2012, as part of the City of Kitchener's celebration of its 100th birthday, twelve historic photographs drawn from both women's history projects were used to create a handsome photographic exhibit in the Berlin Tower Artspace at Kitchener City Hall.
The exhibit was also featured recently in The Record. Follow the link to the article.