Tyson A.

Grande Prairie, Alberta


Maude Clifford

My project is about Maude Clifford, and her life as a series of firsts as a pioneering spirit in Grande Prairie, Alberta.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic is that when Maude Clifford came to Grande Prairie she embraced learning the pioneering ways to survive in the north. She had the first school, hospital and courthouse all in her home. I found it neat that she was friends with people in the community that also became founding school names in Grande Prairie School District.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

For my project I went to the South Peace Regional Archives to research and gain a better understanding of Maude Clifford's contributions to the development of Grande Prairie. I learned the importance of preserving our history and creating an accessible recorded format of Maude Clifford's trailblazing contributions. The legacy of the pioneering spirit of Maude Clifford lives on in our community by perserving and celebrating our past.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When Maude Clifford lived in Grande Prairie she had to learn ways to survive in the north. With her pioneering spirit she was not afraid to work hard and help build a community as she inspired others through learning. Today we work hard to find innovative ways to utilize technology and resources to improve our way of life. Our community continues to develop our resourceful spirit through education and community partnerships. Maude Clifford Public School was officially opened in 2009 which is a hub of activity used by both the school and community that embraces life-long learners.