Jessie Lang turns 100-years-young today.
It is impossible to describe the century of life of this remarkable woman. Jessie Lang’s life has been filled with challenge, sadness and triumph.
A born leader and organizer, she has been described as a dedicated, committed and inspiring, yet unassuming mentor. Influential and empowering to women, she has always encouraged critical thinking and independence.
Throughout her life Jessie has been an extraordinary icon. While she has challenged our perception of women in the workforce, and society in general, she always remains committed to all, regardless of gender or ability.
Jessie embodies a blend of compassion and action. Anyone who knows her is familiar with her sincere commitment to the advancement of women in the community.
Jessie has impacted Manitoba, especially the charitable sector, for generations. She has always demonstrated community leadership through her participation in numerous boards and clubs.
Her active roles from decades ago still inspire organizational success, development and gender equality. Without her, organizations like MS Society of Manitoba might not exist in their current state.
In 2016, when Manitoba commemorated the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights, Jessie was an obvious choice for a Nellie Award, as she exemplifies Nellie McClung’s commitment to social justice, women and human rights.
In a nomination letter for that award, Dr. Arnold Naimark, President Emeritus and Dean of Medicine Emeritus at University of Manitoba, wrote:
“Jessie Lang understands innately that building and sustaining a just and humane society depends not only on personal good will but also on nurturing institutions imbued with these values. … Without self-aggrandizement but with tireless commitment, quiet determination and steadfast promotion of what is right, fair and equitable in institutional behavior, Jessie Lang has for many decades been a powerful role model for all of us.”
Some of the organizations to which Jessie has dedicated her time include, United College, Canadian Institute for International Affairs, University of Manitoba Board of Governors, Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board of Directors, and others.
She has received many awards including, University of Manitoba Distinguished Service Medal, National Multiple Sclerosis Nancy Perkins Award, University of Winnipeg honorary Dr. of Laws, St. John’s College Honorary Fellow, Health Sciences Foundation Tribute Lunch, Canada 125 Medal and The Nellie Award.
Even at 100, she still engages socially and politically, continuing to promote her ideas.
Happy Birthday, Jessie Lang!