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Educator, labour leader, and women's rights activist, Hilda Cryderman was born in Vernon in 1904. She was principal of Coldstream School from 1924 to 1937, when she obtained her B.A. from the University of British Columbia. From 1937 to 1967 she taught business law and history at Vernon Senior Secondary School and counselled female students. In 1936, she became the first president of the North Okanagan Teachers' Association, in 1939 she became president of the Okanagan Teachers' Association and from 1954 to 1955 she was president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation. She led the fight for equal pay for women teachers. In 1953, 1957, and 1958, Cryderman ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal in the federal riding of Okanagan-Revelstoke. However, in 1967, she was appointed to the Public Service Staff Relations Board in Ottawa. Hilda Cryderman was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Order of Canada in 1985. She died in Vernon in 1985 after a life of leadership and service.