Muriel Sprague Richardson (d. 1973) invites Isobel Chester (d. 1987) and Alice Dexter (d. 1987) to form the Women’s Auxiliary, which would assist the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association Board of Governors in reviving interest in the Gallery after the war. Richardson was the president of James Richardson and Sons, assuming this position after the death of her husband, James Armstrong Richardson (1885–1939), founder of the family-owned grain company. Alice Dexter’s husband, Alexander Grant Dexter (1896–1961), was the Parliamentary Bureau Chief of the Winnipeg Free Press and one of Canada’s most influential journalists. Isobel Chester’s husband, Philip Chester (1896–1976), was an executive with the Hudson’s Bay Company in North America and one of the founders of the Arctic Institute of North America.

Chester is the first President of the Women’s Auxiliary, a post she holds for three years. Together, they begin meeting regularly and arranging sales of art to aid operations. 

To hear Volunteer Committee member Pat Guy’s account of the start of the Women’s Committee, click the link below.