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Muriel Overgaard

Muriel Agnes Overgaard nee Heal (1920 – ) was born in Elbow, Saskatchewan. She later moved to Moose Jaw where she worked a number of clerical jobs before relocating to Victoria in 1947. She worked for a while at The Bay and managed the mail order department at Eaton’s before beginning to work for the school board part-time, as the hours facilitated working mothers. She became administrative secretary of Cedar Hill Secondary School. In 1965, the school board workers organized into C.U.P.E. She ran for the Local Executive and won, serving for eight years as Local President. She subsequently became the first female President of the B.C. Division of C.U.P.E. (from 1976-1980), and national Vice-President. Overgaard helped establish C.U.P.E.’s first Women’s Committee and municipal pension plans. She was a member of the Victoria Status of Women and the National Association of Women and the Law.

Audio Interview [1979]


Overgaard discusses her early working years and the importance of earning a wage to support her family; her years working for the school board; her work with C.U.P.E. as Local President, President of C.U.P.E. Island Local, B.C. Treasurer, and President of the B.C. Division; the 1970’s lockout imposed by the B.C. Social Credit government; establishment of the Women’s Committee; the integration of women and their needs into the union.


Full transcription: Ovegaard, Muriel

Title: [Muriel Overgaard – 1/1]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Overgaard, Muriel

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: 1979

Type: Audio recording

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Format: audio/mp3

Language: English

Identifier: OBJ_653_sideA_01

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: Simon Fraser University Archives. Sara Diamond fonds

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