The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society was founded in Austin, Texas, USA on May 11, 1929. The history of Delta Kappa Gamma in Canada began on June 7, 1952, with the founding of Alpha State (British Columbia), an event which transformed DKG into an international organization. As of 2020, the Society is organized in seven Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
The original purposes of the Society emphasized gender equity, school legislation, excellence in education, good teaching conditions, networking and financial help for women.
The Society has since grown, with its key purposes now including:
1) To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship.
2) To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.
3) To advance the professional interest and position of women in education.
4) To initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavours in the interests of education and of women educators.
5) To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to women educators from other countries.
6) To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action.
7) To inform the members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.
The International Society is a professional honorary society of women in seventeen countries. Society membership represents a broad cross section of educational interests and diversification of expertise, from preschool through university. Membership in the Society is by invitation only. Members are selected based on professional qualifications, leadership potential and personal qualities. Members must have three or more years of experience in educational work and must be employed in the profession at the time of consideration.
The Society functions through elected officers, committees, chapter activities, state/provincial conventions, regional conventions, international conventions, workshops, and seminars.
Alberta was the sixth Canadian province to join the Society. On May 3, 1960, Zeta State (Alberta) was installed as a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Zeta State has since changed their name to DKG, Alberta. At its peak, DKG, Alberta grew to encompass five local chapters – Alpha and Gamma (Edmonton), Beta (Calgary), Eta (Sherwood Park), and Zeta (Red Deer) – with over 150 members. In 2013, the Zeta chapter disbanded. As of 2020, DKG, Alberta encompasses four Alberta chapters – Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Eta - with 146 members total. DKG, Alberta administers a numbers of educational services and special committees related to the following: scholarships and grants, leadership training, conferences and conventions, fellowships and community projects, and international and local publications.