Municipal Reception Hall Renamed to Honour Virnetta Anderson

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Recently, the Calgary Power Reception Hall (CPRH) is reverting to its original home in the 109-year-old building. With this change, the temporary CPRH located in the Municipal Building will be renamed the Virnetta Anderson Hall. This is to honour Anderson to being the first Black person elected to Calgary City Council, and the legacy she left for Calgary. Anderson became the first black woman to serve on City Council from October 1974 to October 1977.

Anderson was deeply involved in church and community service. She served in many roles within the United Church, was a member of the Mount Royal College Ladies’ Auxiliary, co-founded and became president for Meals on Wheels, and volunteered as a board member for several organizations, including the United Way, Calgary Tourist and Convention Association and the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts.

To learn more about Anderson and the renaming of the Municipal Hall, visit

Photo taken from City of Calgary website.