Margaret (Marg, Maggie) Eileen (née Wallace) (Cooke) Valentine
Born: May 17, 1923 (Warner, Alberta)
Died: January 24, 2014 (Delta, British Columbia)
Member: Canadian Curling Hall of Fame (1986)
Margaret Valentine served as president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association in 1965 and 1966. She then served a one-year term as president of the B.C. Ladies Curling Association in the Centennial Year of 1967.
In 1966, known at the time by her married name of Marg Cooke, she skipped her Vancouver Curling Club team to the provincial championship. The national championship, then known as the Diamond D, was to be held in Vancouver that year. She missed winning the national crown by an inch after losing 11-10 to Alberta’s Gale Lee in an extra end in the final round. B.C. finished third in the tournament with a 6-3 record.
Cooke’s teammates were Ruth Hebert, Eva Glover and Marion Ellison. Her foursome had a reputation for conservative tactics, according to press reports, “turning to a smooth draw style when their knockout attack almost invariably fails.”
Valentine was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1986 in the builder category, a recognition of her term as president.