WILMA HELEN HUNLEY, OC , AOE (September 6, 1920 – October 22, 2010)
was a former Canadian politician and the 12th Lieutenant Governor of
Alberta , the first woman to serve in that post.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Political career
* 3 References
* 4 Bibliography
* 5 External links
She was born in
Acme, Alberta , to James Edgar Hunley and Esta May
Hunley. She first worked as an operator, served overseas in the Army
Corp during World War II and eventually owned and operated an
International Harvester franchise and an insurance business.
Hunley served as a town councilor from 1960 to 1966 and then mayor of
Rocky Mountain House
Rocky Mountain House ,
Alberta from 1966 to 1971. Hunley was elected
to the province's legislative assembly as a Progressive Conservative .
She was the province's cabinet minister serving as Minister Without
Portfolio from 1971 to 1973, Solicitor-General from 1973 to 1975 and
then Minister of Social Services and Community Health from 1975 until
1979 when she retired from politics.
In June, 1980, Hunley was appointed chair of the
Health Advisory Council. She also served on the
Hunley became president of the Progressive Conservative Party of
Alberta in 1984 and, in 1985, was appointed by Governor General Jeanne
Sauvé , on the advice of Prime Minister
Brian Mulroney , to the
position of lieutenant-governor. She served in the position until
1991. In 1992, she was made an Officer of the
Order of Canada
Order of Canada .
* ^ Sanderson, Kay (1999). 200 Remarkable