Eskrick, Muriel (Thompson)

(1915 - 1994)

One morning in April 1967, 265 women travelled from Sundre to the meeting of the Mountain View County Council in Didsbury. Led by Muriel Eskrick, the women wanted to change the Council's opposition to the building of a hospital in Sundre. Hundreds of people in the district had rallied for the cause in the past decade.

The council refused to see the women. Muriel insisted: "We will sit on the floor and wait." The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called in, but did not intervene in the gathering.

Eventually, council agreed to hear the delegation. The women made their presentation and countered the arguments against. Later that evening, the council's decision came. Sundre would have its hospital.

Muriel Eskrick also helped establish the weekly newspaper, The Sundre Round-Up, and the district's historical society. She worked to bring full-time ordained ministry to Sundre United Church.

The banner in the lobby of the Sundre Hospital bears memory to those who struggled for health services in the district, led and inspired by Muriel Eskrick.

Category: Sundre