Lethbridge resident Belinda Crowson attended school in Enchant and Vauxhall High School and graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1992 with a Bachelor of Education, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Bio Chemistry from the same university.
Since 2000, Crowson has worked as the education and public program coordinator for the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, encouraging and engaging many school groups and students to explore their local history through her passionate, enthusiastic and hands-on approach to making history come alive at the Galt Museum.
Crowson is currently the president of the Historical Society of Alberta, and has served on a variety of committees and organizations that make people aware of their community and history, including serving as president of the Historical Society of Alberta (2011 to present), president of the Lethbridge Historical Society (2006-2010), and serving on the YWCA’s International Women’s Day Committee (2010 to present), the City of Lethbridge’s Heart of Our City Revitalization Committee (2010 to present), the City of Lethbridge’s Plan Your City Advisory Group (2010), and the Provincial Heritage Fair Council (2000 to present). Crowson was also National Heritage Fair coordinator and fundraising chair in 2007, and chair of Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays from 2005 to 2006.
A published author of three books, Crowson has spent countless hours researching topics that are of particular interest to southern Alberta residents, and is currently working an another book related to the production of one of the region’s most iconic crops — sugar beets — and the industry which surrounds them.
Crowson’s published works include Vice, Virtue and Lust: Lethbridge’s Cemeteries (2008), We Don’t Talk About These Women: Lethbridge’s Red Light District, 1880s to 1944 (2010), and So! You Think You Know About Lethbridge? Lethbridge History for Kids (2011).
In addition to her Vauxhall High School Wall of Fame induction, Crowson has also been honoured with the Prestigious Friends of the 51 Award by Lethbridge School District No. 51 in 2011, and the Lethbridge Historical Society’s Alex Johnson Award of Merit in 2011. Crowson has been inducted into the University of Lethbridge Alumni Honour Society in 2010, and was also the City of Lethbridge’s Employee of the Month in December 2007.
The other honouree being inducted into the Vauxhall High School Wall of Fame in 2013 is Sid VanderPloeg (for a story on VanderPloeg, see the Nov. 14 edition of The Vauxhall Advance).
The Vauxhall High School Wall of Fame banquet goes Saturday, Nov. 23 with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and supper at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 for a single or $65 for a couple, and are available at the VHS office, or call 403-654-2145 to reserve tickets.