Published on March 8, 2021

Recognizing Strong St. Albert Women

Throughout its history, the City of St. Albert has been shaped by strong female leaders. On March 7, 2021, Mayor Cathy Heron proclaimed March 8 to 14, “International Women’s Week.” The proclamation was accepted by St. Albert Interfaith Connections. The City of St. Albert strives to raise awareness about the need for women and young girls to have equitable opportunities in education and employment. 

International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. International Women’s Day began to be celebrated on March 8 in several countries after World War II. The historical significance of International Women’s Day begins with the United Nations when it was proclaimed in December 1977 for women's rights and international peace.

This brings us to some of the amazing accomplishments of St. Albert's women, starting with our Mayor, Cathy Heron. Cathy is the second female St. Albert Mayor, elected in 2017. Prior to becoming the Mayor, she served two terms as a City Councillor. As a life-long resident of St. Albert, Cathy loves St. Albert, and this love is reflected in the work that she has done and continues to do for the City. Over the years, Cathy has been very active in the community and is a member of several boards and committees that enhance the goals and vision for the City of St. Albert. Cathy is a mother to three young adults and is strongly committed to working with children of all ages. She is proud to be an advocate of the 40 Development Assets approach the City has initiated. She strives to support the growth of young women by providing guidance as a Girl Guide leader and mentoring youth through the Roots of Empathy program in St. Albert and Northern Alberta. 

Mayor Cathy Heron is surrounded by three phenomenal women on Council: Jacquie Hansen, Sheena Hughes and Natalie Joly. Women’s leadership is important to each of our female councillors. They fully support empowering women to get involved with civic leadership. Councillors Hansen, Hughes and Joly are passionate about improving life for the women in St. Albert by providing a voice for women’s issues to enact positive change. 

There are many amazing women who live in St. Albert and help the community. Let us remember these incredible women, knowing that each woman that you have in your life can shape and change society for the better. There have been significant changes for women throughout the last fifty years and there are many more changes to come. For International Women’s Week, let us celebrate all women. To learn more about International Women’s Day and the theme for this year, visit

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Last edited: March 10, 2021