Inspiring Island Women: Victoria ventriloquist Sheila Kidd a unique part of Canadian naval history


Meet the Navy: It’s a movie you’ve probably never heard of.

It was made in 1946 to celebrate the Royal Canadian Navy and featured a mostly Canadian cast.

While she wasn’t in it, Victoria’s Sheila Kidd was part of a touring variety show inspired by the film that made use of some of her unique talents.

Kidd enlisted in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service in 1942. The young woman performed as a ventriloquist for three years before joining the navy — an unusual career choice, but one born out of necessity.

To mark women’s history month, CFB Esquimalt is the story of Kidd and the 6,000 other women who enlisted as “Wrens” front and center in a new exhibit celebrating their role in the navy’s history.

CHEK’s Stacy Ross has more in the first edition of a new series called “Inspiring Island Women,” which will feature stories of amazing Vancouver Island women from all walks of life throughout history.

If you’d like to nominate someone to be featured in the series, email [email protected].


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