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Best Wishes to HMCS Winnipeg being deployed, March 6, 2017

HMCS Winnipeg is leaving on a deployment that will last over 6 months. This deployment will be into the Indo-Asia- Pacific as part of POSEIDON CUTLASS 17.

I wish them all the very best. Like all Canadians, I am so very proud of the work the ship’s company of the HMCS Winnipeg does for us each and every day. Good luck, and fair winds.

– Susan A. Thompson

HMCS Winnipeg Sponsor

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Susan Thompson Interviewed by Shaw TV

Susan Thompson was interviewed by Tracy Koga at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the interview was aired January 30th, 2017. This was a lovely conversation between Tracy and Susan that touched on many topics of interest to readers from this website.

Tracy mentioned that 2017 is the 25th anniversary since Susan was elected Mayor of the City of Winnipeg. We will be bringing more information to this website in celebration of this moment in history. As well, the conversation talked about establishing the leadership of women, the Inuit Art Centre and how Winnipeg has changed over the years.

Also, Susan raised a little known fact from the Flood of the Century that is important to remember. Throughout that crisis, Shaw TV provided a valuable public service by covering the daily press conferences and providing information that people needed to save their homes. We would like to thank Shaw TV, not just for this wonderful interview, but also for their service to the community, like throughout the Flood of the Century.

You can find the video here.

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McNally Robinson Manitoba Bestseller of the Year 2016

With great appreciation and excitement, we wish to advise that Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time is on the McNally Robinson’s Manitoba Bestseller of the Year 2016 list under the non-fiction category. What tremendous news!

This is only possible due to all the support from people buying the book. Thank you very much to all everyone for your support. And if you still haven’t gotten your copy, you can still buy the book in 2017.

Also, thank you to McNally Robinson. They provided tremendous support leading up to the book launch on October 2nd, 2016.

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Thank you to Winnipeg and to Manitoba for an amazing year

The year 2016 was without a doubt one of the most incredible years of my life. Thank you to Winnipeg and to Manitoba. The highlights of the year have been amazing.

June 2016 – Received Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg
July 2016 – Received Order of Manitoba
October 2016 – Published Memoir co-written with Terry Létienne.
November 2016 – City of Winnipeg unanimously approved the Administration Building to be renamed the Susan A. Thompson Building.
December 2016 – Named one of the most fascinating Manitobans

A most sincere thank you to all.

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A Wonderful Afternoon at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

shannon-and-susan-2Sunday November 27th, 2016 was a remarkable afternoon. Susan shared the stage at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with Shannon Sampert, Perspective and Policy Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press, in a delightful conversation between two amazing women.

The crowd was treated to a wonderfully thought provoking and insightful “In Conversation”. From Susan’s legacy to how women today need to respond and how men need to step up, there were many nods of agreement and moments of clarity.

A most heartfelt thank you to Shannon Sampert for such a successful conversation. I would also like to thank the Winnipeg Art Gallery for their contribution to this afternoon event.

A big thank you to all the donors and sponsors who made this event possible.

  • Phil Burns
  • Marilyn Camaclang
  • Al & Bev Harasymuk
  • John Prystanski
  • Walter Silicz
  • Betti Port
  • Banvile & Jones Wine Co.
  • Cornelia Bean Ltd.
  • Dessert Sinsations Cafe
  • G.J. Andrews Food & Wine Shoppe
  • Lilac Bakery
  • Winnipeg Free Press
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Susan A. Thompson on Ace Burpee’s Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016

Ace Burpee released his list of the Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans and Susan Thompson is honored to be on that list. It has been an extraordinary year and this recognition by Ace Burpee is most kind and appreciated.

The entire list is really full of amazing Manitobans. If you want to take a look at the full list, you can find it here.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting In Conversation with Susan A. Thompson

This Sunday, November 27th, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting In Conversation with Susan A. Thompson from 2pm to 4pm. Shannon Sampert, Perspective and Policy Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press, will join Susan on stage in what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Both women are trailblazers with many firsts to their name. Shannon is the fist women op-ed editor in the 144 year history of the Winnipeg Free Press and Susan’s firsts can be found on her bio page.

We hope to see you on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. See the e-invite for more details on this event.

See you there!

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Moments in History – A personal note from Susan

Today, November 16, 2016, Winnipeg’s City Council voted unanimously in favor of renaming the Administration Building (510 Main Street) the Susan A. Thompson Building. I am tremendously honored to have this building named after me.

  • 2016 marks the 100th anniversary since Nellie McClung won the right to vote for most women of Manitoba.
  • 2017 marks the 25th anniversary since my election as the first woman to be mayor of the city of Winnipeg.

It is my sincere hope that we take this opportunity to celebrate all the women who have contributed to our great city. The naming of this building is a symbol that we can all achieve anything we put our hearts and minds towards. This is our chance to inspire women and young girls to become the next generation of leaders.

I would like to thank Mayor Bowman, Speaker and City Councillor Devi Sharma, and the City of Winnipeg Councillors for supporting this motion. By doing so, you have said to women throughout Winnipeg that their city welcomes and encourages their participation in politics.

Councillor Devi Sharma spearheaded this effort and I sincerely appreciate her vision. As the first female Council Speaker, she is herself a leader and an inspiration.

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One With the Strength of Many

In June 1995, Susan Thompson was named as the lifetime sponsor of the HMCS Winnipeg. We would like to take a moment to thank all those who have served on the HMCS Winnipeg throughout the years. You truly are one with the strength of many. We all owe those who have served our country a debt of gratitude. This remembrance day, please take a moment, in your own way, to thank all our military service men and women, past and present.

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To Boldly Go – Susan Thompson featured in Winnipeg Free Press

October was Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the achievements of women and trailblazers throughout our history. On Saturday October 8th, 2016, the Winnipeg Free Press celebrated the remarkable life and achievements of our very own Susan A. Thompson. The newspaper featured two full pages, which detailed her early days as the first woman mayor of Winnipeg and the launch of her new autobiography Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time.

Winnipeg Free Press politics and perspectives editor Shannon Sampert wrote a wonderful article sharing some insights from the book and the launch event. She talked about some of the difficulties that Susan overcame when she ran for mayor.

In another twist of fate, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote, spearheaded in Manitoba by Nellie McClung. Surely, Nellie faced similar issues all those years ago.

While Susan faced many obstacles during her time as mayor, she successfully led the city through many trying times, particularly the 1997 Flood of the Century, and accomplished many of the goals she laid out at the beginning of the campaign, most notably changing the administrative model from a Board of Commissioners to a CAO model.

It is important that Susan`s story is told. Unfortunately, today`s women face many of the same stereotypes Susan did twenty-four years ago. Take the opportunity to read Susan’s stories in her own words. Listen to her words and learn from her. It is so important that women write their own history.
As Shannon Sampert says in her article, “Finally, her story has been documented and it can’t be ignored.”

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for this great two-page feature about this important biography.

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