Former mayor Susan Thompson in town to see her name adorn home of old foes
As mayor, Susan Thompson wrestled power away from administrators. Their offices will soon bear her name
Two decades ago, former Winnipeg mayor Susan Thompson wrestled power away from the administration building at city hall and concentrated it in the hands of politicians.
Soon, that building will bear her name.
The first woman to serve as Winnipeg's mayor is returning to the city for the rechristening of the administration building as the Susan A. Thompson Building.
Council voted unanimously in November in favour of the name change to honour Thompson, who served two terms as mayor from 1992 to 1998.
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"I was honoured. I was overwhelmed. I was emotional. I was blessed. I had every emotion you could imagine because in a million years I never thought something like this would happen," Thompson said Monday over the phone from Vancouver.
"As time goes on, various models of government are put in place," she said, shrugging off the notion triumphalism played any role in the name change.
Council speaker Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan) spearheaded the renaming, which is slated for 10 a.m. on Thursday. Thompson said she hopes the name change will serve as a symbol of recognition of women's leadership in politics.
The former mayor, who is bringing her family to the city to witness the renaming, is still involved in one public project in Winnipeg: she works as a fundraising consultant for the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre project.