Annie B. Jackson Park

Place Name: Annie B. Jackson Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1992)

Name Origins: Commemorative


English: relationship name from the personal name Jack + -son.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Female

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

This 3.55-ha. park is in the Jackson Heights neighbourhood. Annie B. Jackson (1879-1959) was Edmonton's first woman police officer and the first woman constable in Canada. Born in Ontario, she came west in 1909 to visit her sister who lived in Lacombe. In 1910, she came to Edmonton and worked for the Children's Aid Society and the Ruthenian Home for Girls, which helped immigrant women find employment and learn English. In 1912, Jackson was hired by the Edmonton Police Department; her primary responsibility was to protect the morals of young women and girls. She later became the first woman constable in Canada, receiving worldwide acclaim when her photograph appeared in London's Daily Mirror. Jackson was a probation officer until 1918.

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