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Nurse in the North Author Oct 20 - Posted: Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 10:50 am
The Didsbury Museum is taking a new approach to sharing ideas and local heritage by hosting "pop-up" type events. This month alone, they hosted the annual Pie Social, a birthday party and a shower; later on you can meet Noah Korver, a Vimy Prize Award recipient, and in November, meet Métis Artist, Dennis J. Weber, recently moved to Didsbury.

Artist, Dennis J. WeberAt 1 pm on Sunday, October 20th, author Laurel Deerick-Maynes will be at the museum to share the story of her great aunt, Amy Wilson.

Laurel is Wilson's grand niece, the first white nurse in the Yukon, and one-time resident of Didsbury. Wilson is buried in the Didsbury Cemetery.

Laurel's book is a re-release of Amy's memoirs and is called "When Days Are Long: Nurse in the North". Amy Wilson died more than a half-century ago, but her grand-niece thought Wilson's life story still had lessons to impart.

Wilson published a memoir in 1965, about her time as a field nurse working with Indigenous people along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. and Yukon in the 1940s and '50s — and the book has long been out of print.

Laurel's book is a re-release of Amy's memoirs, a gripping personal account of her aunt, Amy Wilson, who travelled great distances to deliver Diphtheria vaccines to remote First Nations communities. Laurel's personal readings will have you spellbound by Amy's compassion, bravery, and love of the north.

While the book is definitely a compelling read, it is an example of what it means to be an ally to Indigenous people: Amy Wilson listened, learned, and served the people of the North with heart, humility, and respect.

Amy's family provided many of her collection of heritage artifacts from the 1940s and 50s to the Museum, and they have been admired by many over the years.

Deerick-Maynes' independently published debut novel, A Wake For The Dreamland, won the Alberta Readers' Choice Award (ARCA) in 2016, the Whistler Independent Book Award (WIBA) in 2018, and has been on Edmonton's Best Seller List for 80 weeks.

The Didsbury Museum is located at 2110 - 21st Avenue.

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