While numismatics is often considered a male-dominated hobby, one southern Ontario club is bucking the trend with three women holding key positions on the club’s executive. Earlier this year, Cassidy Stroud became president and Lisa McPherson became vice-president of the Brantford Numismatic Society, a first for Canada. They are joined on the executive by club secretary Lindy Smith. While Louise Graham was president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) from 1973-75, it is the first time a Canadian club has had women in the top leadership spots at the same time. For Stroud, however, the women power team is not about women taking over, but more about picking the right talent. Continue reading →
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There has been a lot of discussion in recent years over the future of numismatic clubs, societies and associations. We have seen some clubs fold, others near the brink of extinction due to a lack of volunteers, and then there are clubs – like Windsor, Waterloo and Brantford – that are thriving. A recent survey by Canadian Coin News certainly suggests there is opportunity for growth. We asked, “Do you belong to a coin club in Canada?” Of the 86 per cent of respondents who answered the question, a total of 155 (29.75 per cent) said yes. The remaining 366 (70.25 per cent) said no. Wow, what a surprise. Think about it…more than two-thirds of the collectors who responded are not members of a coin club.
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