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The Women's Christian Temperance Union


This certificate recognizes Louise McKinneys contribution to the Methodist Church of Claresholm.Although we tend to think of Louise McKinney's public life largely as it relates to her leading role in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)—at local, provincial, national, and international levels—that was not her sole public involvement.

McKinney and her husband were actively involved in founding the Methodist church in the town of Claresholm, Alberta. As with the WCTU, her involvement extended beyond the local level. Both the McKinneys supported the Church Union Movement, and Louise was a delegate to the final Methodist General Conference in 1925. She also attended the first General Council of the United Church of Canada and signed the Basis of Union as one of the Commissioners—the sole woman to do so.

Portrait of Louise McKinney by J. Forster, 1931To honour her as the British Empire's first woman legislator, the women's organizations of Alberta raised a fund to have her portrait painted by Mr. J. Forster of Toronto. Although it was not yet finished when she died, the portrait was completed with the aid of photographs, and now hangs in the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton.

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