Nellie McClung, famous author and activist of the 20th century, was one of Wawanesa’s most noteworthy citizens. She is known to most for her leadership role in the women’s suffrage movement.
Born “Nellie Mooney”, her wedding to Robert McClung was the first to be performed in Wawanesa’s Presbyterian Church.
A cairn in the village centre, constructed in 2000, pays tribute to McClung, along with Alonzo F. Kempton. A display on McClung can also be found in the Sipiweske Museum, located across from the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance building.