"...man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Look Back at the Genesis of the Canadian Women in Timber
Recollections of founding director Myrtle Siebert at 10th AGM - 1999
I thought it would be interesting for all of you to know some of the exciting things that happened in that very first year. At the Truck Loggers convention ten years ago (1989) I began to talk with other women about how things in BC were really getting out of hand and maybe there was some possibility of forming a Women In Timber branch in BC. I had been a member of the Women In Timber for about eight years in Alaska and had been during their founding period.
Around that same time, two of our eventual founding members attended a Pacific Logging Congress meeting in the US northwest. Pat Fechtner and Brenda Armstrong came back and told their husbands, "You know, we really need to get something going here. There are Women In Timber groups in other places and we have the same problems coming down the pipe." Their husbands encouraged them to go for it. A network of people came together from a series of phone calls and the first board was formed.
To this day, we continue our network, moving in different circles and doing different things, from representing balanced interests at a CORE table for a whole year to sitting on the environment committee for the Canadian Confederation of University Women. So that's the history - Canadian Women In Timber came together because it was ready to happen.