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WELCOME to Bogdan Gajewski
Our Newest Member was the winner of our one-year free membership draw, presented at our 2017 December luncheon. Born in Poland and educated as a mechanical (aerospace) engineer, he emigrated to Canada in 1985.

His media interests includes hosting a Polish program at Carleton University’s radio station, CKCU from 1995-2000, publishing a number of books - mostly in Polish - from 2000-2015 and presenting video productions of interviews with interesting people and volunteering at Rogers t.v. since 2016.

June Coxon: An article by June was published in the March/April issue of Fifty-Five Plus magazine. Called “Breaking Bread With Traditional Ways,” it is about an Indigenous Cook course being offered at Algonquin College.

Jayne Simms-Dalmotas:

Susan Hallett  had an article published in the Winter 2018 issue of Taste and Travel magazine. Entitled “Mint in Its Myriad Forms,” you can find it on page

Janet Webb:

Iris ten Holder:

Shirley Van Dusen:
Ottawa artist Shirley Van Dusen is internationally recognized for both her sensitively rendered portraits and her evocative paintings of iconic scenes of Ottawa and the surrounding valley. Her paintings of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Canadian Tulip Festival, Prime Ministers and everyday folk are held in notable private and public collections around the world including Prime Ministers Pierre Elliot Trudeau (1919-2000) and Brian Mulroney, the National Press Clubs in Ottawa and Washington, DC and the Bank of Canada. At 91, Van Dusen continues to paint prolifically.
She is a life member and Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society, an art teacher and published writer.

David French*:

Joe Banks;

Helen Bednarek VanEyk:

Margaret  Virany has been very active lately, promoting and selling her books. To see what she has been up to check Facebook pages of the Media Club of Ottawa and the Media Club of Canada. 

Henry Heald (1929-2016)

Jim Watson:

Rosaleen Dickson (1921-2018)

Patrick Meikle*:

Dawn Monroe of Cochrane, Ontario, who reached a major milestone on March 1. She now has 2,700 mini biographies on her Famous Canadian Women website! Many of the women were, or are, CWPC/Media Club members. To read about them go to

* former member
** honorary member

Former Members

Aline and Lorraine Lafreniere

Valerie Knowles
An article by former long-time member Valerie Knowles   appeared in the March/April issue of Legion magazine, entitled “War and the Women’s Vote.”

Susan Korah
, a former long time club member who's still actively interested in the Media Club,  spends most of her time working out of the country,.
Susan had an article published in the Winter 2018 issue of Taste and Travel. It’s called “From Luxembourg With Love” and is on page 36.

Books about  Media Club/
CWPC members

Olive Dickason

Olive Dickason Biography 

Darren Prefontaine, curriculum development officer at the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), in Saskatoon, is writing Olive Dickason's biography and expects it to be printed in 2018. Watch for more news about this as it becomes available. Olive's portrait already hangs in the institute's art gallery and GDI also has an Olive Dickason Room. Olive's daughter, Anne, recently mentioned that the University of Alberta will be dedicated a room to her in 2017.


 NewsGirls: Gutsy Pioneers in Canada's Newsrooms, a book about women journalists, includes biographies of some former members of the Media Club dating back to when it was called the Canadian Women's Press Club. As the book's preface says, "It features stories of 10 female reporters who brazened it out in Canadian newsrooms from the late 1920s to the 1960s." Written by former journalist Donna-Jean MacKinnon and published in 2017 by Leaping Lion Books, it includes stories of Olive Dickason, Kay Rex and Simma Holt.

Looking Back


National Magazine Features Four CWPC Members

The February-March 2016 issue of Canada's History magazine featured the following four former Canadian Women'sPress Club members in an article on page 22, entitled "20 Great Women": Lucy Maud Montgomery, Nellie McClung, Marie Lacoste Gerin-Lajoie and Doris Anderson.

Seeking Cookbooks for Indigenous Cook Course Grads

 In 2016 Algonquin College started offering an Indigenous/Inuit cooking course - the first in Canada. It offers students, some of whom have been living on the streets, an opportunity to earn a cook's certificate and a chance for a better life. Since the students come from homes with virtually no books Hélène is collecting cookbooks to give the students as they graduate. As she explained, "it doesn't matter what kind of cookbooks they are or whether they are old or new because the idea is that the graduates will use them to get ideas rather than for specific recipes." So if you have some books, in either French or English, to spare let me know. This is a chance to not only help some students but to declutter your kitchen shelves at the same time.

2017 program details
McKercher Discusses Historical Non-Fiction - March 2017
NewsgirlsBook Featured CWPC Members - Mar. 2017
Journalists Discuss Book Celebrating Parliamentary Press Gallery History - Apr. 2017
Book Launch for Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees 1975-1980 - May 2017
Melba Lent Woelfle Award Winner 2017 - May 2017
Members’ News - May 2017
Prose in the Park 2017 - Jun. 2017
Margaret Graham Award Winner Patrick Butler
Members’ News - Shirley Van Dusen Retrospective at Cube Gallery - Sept. 2017
Frances Itani Book Launch - Sept. 2017
Tejeshawar Sharma Explains Access to Information/Right to Know - Sept. 2017
Celine Tower Grant Created for Journalism Students - Sept. 2017
Club Members Attend Reception to Remember Henry Heald - Dec. 2017