Long before the causes became popular, Elise Clark was speaking out for the environment and for women on Kelowna city council.
An alderman/councillor from 1974-93, she died recently, Mayor Walter Gray told Kelowna city council at its Monday meeting.
Gray recalled that Clark campaigned to get rid of the term alderman, which eventually came about. He said she was an environmentalist before most people knew what the term meant.
"Elise had a passion for protecting our environment, and for safety issues, which drove her to become very involved in community
affairs," daughters Antonie and Nadine wrote in her obituary.
Clark and her family moved to Kelowna in 1965. She worked as a public health nurse and became involved in a wide variety of community organizations from Brownies to Okanagan College to the John Howard Society to the B.C. Association for the Mentally Handicapped.
In 1975, she successfully proposed the city add a woman of the year award to its civic awards.
She chaired the council's first bicycle committee in 1976, which led to a comprehensive bike system plan and bike lanes.
In 1985, she chaired the Crime Prevention Committee, which led to the creation of Crime Stoppers in Kelowna in 1987, her obituary says.
She was the first female member of the Kiwanis Club of Kelowna, High Noon.
Clark survived her mother and father, sister Ruth and husband Robert. Surviving family members include her daughters Antonie Clark of Oliver, Nadine Clark of Kelowna, her brother Bob Torrie of Ladysmith, her brother Jimmy (Ursula) Torrie of Nanaimo, and her sister Pat Hughes of Millet, Alta. As well there are many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna United Way, 1456 St. Paul St., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 2E6.
A service will be held in the spring, her favourite time of year, say her daughters.