On Their Own Terms

True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island

By (author): Haley Healey
ISBN 9781772033250
Softcover | Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

A fascinating collection of concise stories about twenty-one courageous, independent, and diverse women who shaped the history of Vancouver Island.

From the lush rainforest of Clayoquot Sound to the bustling city streets of Victoria, Vancouver Island has been home to an astounding number of inspiring women. On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island celebrates the achievements of twenty-one amazing heroines working in multiple fields, from world-famous artists to social activists to groundbreaking scientists and quietly defiant labourers. The diverse women in this engaging new collection include:

  • pioneer and midwife Tuwa ‘hwiye Tusium Gollelim, Mary Ann Gyves;
  • world-renowned algae botanist Josephine Tilden;
  • undiscovered aviatrix Lilian Bland;
  • Vancouver Island’s first African-Canadian teacher, Emma Stark; and
  • entrepreneur and bounty hunter Ada Annie Rae-Arthur, better known as Cougar Annie.

On Their Own Terms will delight and empower anyone looking for true stories of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women who confronted uncertainty, challenged gender norms, and excelled in their respective vocations. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an educator, a rebellious spirit, or an armchair adventurer, these incredible women who thrived on Vancouver Island will captivate you.

About the Author(s)

Haley Healey is a high school counsellor, registered clinical counsellor, and self-proclaimed wild woman. She has taught in isolated fly-in communities, guided whitewater canoe expeditions, and plays the violin. She has an avid interest in wild places and unconventional people. She has appeared on Into the Wild, an outdoor adventure radio show on CHLY, Nanaimo’s campus-community radio station.