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.