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Davis. Born April 1, 1925 Montreal, Quebec. She studied in New
York, U.S.A. before 1948 to 1957 when she lived in Paris France
where she continued studies in graphics and painting. Just prior to
leaving Paris she held a solo exhibition of her works. Returning to
Montreal she was a founding member in 1965 at Atelier Libre de
She became a member of the Canadian Group of Painters and was its
last president before it dissolved. In 1967 she was awarded the
Jessie Dow Prize for her painting.
Tobie also has an interest in Japanese calligraphy and exhibits with
the school of Suiha Hiroko Okata in Quebec. Her works form part of
the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of
Fine Arts, Montreal. In 1972 she published
Songes et lumière huit eaux-fortes de Tobie Steinhouse [portfolio].
Montreal: La Guilde Graphique.
Thibault. née Trudel.
Born April 2 1939 Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec. As a teenager as
the result f a toboggan accident she was permanently disabled and
uses a wheelchair. She married Rene Thibault in 1959. In
1997 she became the 27th Lieutenant Governor
of Quebec, the 1st women to hold this position, she has earned the right to use the title The Honourable
Lise Thibault. She has worked with many public and community organizations.
She has served as an adult education teacher, worker for Health
and Safety Board, the Canadian Red Cross, she served for disabled
person for the Quebecers NO Committee, the Liberal Party of Canada,
and founded journals and associations to promote women in Canada.
Among her many awards is the Personality of the Year Award from Chatelaine
Magazine. In 2007 she was accused of spending beyond the limits
of her expense account. In September 2015 she was sentenced to 18
months in jail and was ordered to repay the government $3000,000.00
after pleading guilty to fraud and breach of trust in 2014. Although
appealed the sentence was upheld and she she was jailed. She was
granted a full conditional release on August 17, 2016.
Born April 2, 1935, Toronto, Ontario.
She made her television debut in the made for TV movie Anne of
Green Gables. She joined the Stratford Theatre and travelled to
England remaining there making her film debut in Lucky Jim in 1957
before returning to Canada with her husband Ron MacDonald to raise a
family of two daughters. In Canada she returned to acting on
television. She also did modeling to bring in some funds. By 1967
she was appearing in American films as well as in Canadian
productions. In 1969 she was presented with the 1st 'Star of
Tomorrow Award' from the Motion Picture Exhibitors of Canada. She is
perhaps best remembered for her role as secretary Della Street in
the New Perry Mason television series. 1973-1974.In 1973 he
married a second time to Peter J. Elkington (died 2001). She
retired in 1992 from her acting career.
Born April 3, 1876 Ottawa, Ontario. Died January 7, 1958, Toronto,
Ontario. Margaret was actually born in the Houses of Parliament
Speaker’s Chambers . Her father Timothy Warren Anglin(1822-1986)
was, at that time, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons. A
strong willed individual she headed for a career in acting in New
York City in the 1890’s much against the wishes of her family. In
1894 she graduated from the Empire School of Dramatic Acting. By
1896 she was touring on stage in the U.S.A. and Canada. By 1905 she
had earned wide recognition for her dramatic skills and was invited
to work with the renowned Sarah Bernhardt. In 1911 she married a
colleague Howard Hill who had little reputable acting talent. By
1913 she was appearing in Shakespearian performances of her own
acting group. When her husband did not receive roles she was absent
from the stage for many years. She did return to the stage however
with her last Broadway appearance was in 1936. The Encyclopedia
Britannica called her one of the most brilliant actresses of her
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online Accessed
2000. : Encyclopedia Britannica online. Accessed 2000.
Suggested reading Margaret Anglin: A stage life by John Levay
Born April 3, 1911 St. Georges, Quebec. Died September 20, 1956 Los
Angeles, California. Her birth name was Hélène Olivine Veilleux. She
moved with her family to New York City, U.S.A. in the 1930’s and she
began to audition for theater work. In 1938 she did a screen test
for Hal Roach Studios and won out over 50 other actors. She had
several small roles in the 1940’s using the stage name Francine
Bordeaux. In 1949 she was hired by Columbia Pictures where she
began appearing with the famous comedians, the Three Stooges. Since
she had a natural French accent when was often cast as Fifi in these
films. She also learned to mask her accent to be more American for
Born April 3, 1958. She
studied French at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario but it would be her talent as an
cartoonist that would become her profession. She actually created comics for
her university newspaper when she was a student. She is the author of the
worldwide syndicated comic strip Between Friends. In 1994 her
work caught the attention of King Features and the cartoon strip
became syndicated in 175 newspapers internationally. She is married
to Tim Lundy and the couple have 2 daughters. Her work has garnered
notice from various organizations such as the North American Council
on Adoptable Children and the Cancer society for featuring stories.
To date her comic strips have been collected and published in 3
books. ( 2016)
Diane Magnussen. Born April 4, 1952 North Vancouver, British Columbia. A accomplished
free-skating performer, Karen was Canadian champion in 1968. She withdrew
from 1969 world championships because of stress fractures in both
legs. After three months in a wheelchair she returned to become Canadian champion 1970-1973 and world
champion in 1973.She earned a silver
medal in the 1972 Winter Olympics. Karen retired from competition in
doll that was made and sold as the Karen Magnussen doll did not have
any of the characteristics of the determined young athlete.
She studied kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in British
Columbia and in 1978 she tarried singer Tony Cells and the couple
have three children. (2017)
Born April 4, 1956, Toronto, Ontario. Evelyn studied ballet at the
Dorothy Carter School of Dance, London, Ontario and the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) School before auditioning for the National
Ballet School of Canada (NBSC) . At this time she did not enter the
NBSC training as she was battling anorexia nervosa, a pathological
eating disorder and she returned to the RWB School. In 1976 she
joined the RWB Company and was promoted to soloist in 1978 and
principal dancer in 1979. In 1980 she was the 1st
westerner and 1st Canadian to win gold at the Varna
International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. Her career would allow
her to perform on stages around the world. In 1983 she was inducted
as an officer of the Order of Canada which was upgraded to Companion
level in 1994. From 1990 through 1994 she danced ½ time with the RWB
and ½ time with the Bayerische Staatsbalelet in Munich Germany. In
2000 she earned her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. In
2001 she was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts
Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. In 2005 she retired from
the RWB to dance freelance. During her last year with the RWB CBC
cameras filmed her performances for a Life and Time television
documentary. She completed her 33 year dance career with a guest
artist performance with the ProArtDanza. In 2006 she was made a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and inducted into the Order of
née Bergman. Born April 5,1861 Arolsen,
Germany. Died November 1943. A self taught photographer
in the pioneering days of photography she was the 1st woman to become
a fellow to the Royal Photographic Society. She came to Canada in
1913 where commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to photograph
the Rockies. She opened her studio in Toronto and was recognized with
awards from Japan, South Africa, and Australia. The National Archives
of Canada and the Smithsonian Institution in the U.S.A. collect her
Born April 6,1940 near Athlone, Edmonton, Alberta. In Edmonton she assisted in founding a halfway house for
women and a women's emergency shelter. She began writing in 1973 because she
was upset that so few people knew about historic and contemporary
Native Cultures. Her 1st book was a memoir, Halfbreed which
is used in schools across Canada continuing to inspire indigenous
women. She herself is fluent in 4 languages: Cree, Michif, Saulteaux
and English. Her books have been translated into German, Chinese,
French and Italian. Her 1st
professionally produced play, Flight, was the 1st all
Aboriginal theatre production in modern CanadaShe has written screenplays and books.
In 1986 she was presented with the Dora Mavor Award and the Chalmers
Award for Best New Play. .
In 1992 she earned the Gabriel Dumont
Institute Medal of Merit She has
written and/or directed films by the National Film Board of Canada
(NFB) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), including
My Partners My People, which aired on CTV for 3 years. She is
coordinator and member of Sage Ensemble, a community theatre
group for Aboriginal elders, and is actively associated with the
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon. Maria is also
a volunteer, activist and advocate for Aboriginal rights and the
rights of women. She sits as an Elder on the Saskatchewan Aboriginal
Justice Commission and is a member of the Grandmothers for Justice
Society. Her writings and her efforts for justice have been
recognized in 1994 with the Saskatchewan Achievement Award and in
1996 with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award In 2006 she was
honoured with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In 2008 she was
inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Over the years she
has also served as Writer In Residence for the University of
Alberta, Regina Public Library, Prince Albert Public Library,
Whitehorse Public Library, the University of Saskatchewan and the
University of Winnipeg.
Born April 6,1948. This writer started off with a bang when one of her
published works, The Butterfly Ward, made her a co-winner of
the Best Canadian Short Story. She shared this award with Margaret
Atwood. It would later be made into a TV movie for CBC. The movie
Outrageous was also based on her work entitled Making it.
More recently the made for CBS TV movie For the love of Aaron
was based on an aspect of her life.
Born April 7,1927 Unity, Saskatchewan. She is an artist who enjoys water colour landscapes
as her form of expression. She has been able to have her works
shown in Vancouver; Edmonton; London, England; Paris, France, Chicago;
Los Angeles and more recently in a 1994 traveling exhibition
by the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. In 1887 she received
the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and in 2004 she was inducted into
the Order of Canada.
Born Toronto, Ontario April 8, 1892 . Died May 29, 1979. She began her
screen career in the silent films in 1909.. As an actress she stands above
the rest of her era and earned herself a Best Actress Academy Award (1929)
at the second annual event. She was the 1st
Canadian Born woman to have won an Academy award. Her
sweet girlish looks and her long ringlets endeared her to the the fans who
knew her as "America's Sweetheart". Her dedication to realism in her work
sometimes meant getting down into real mud! Her talents went beyond her
sincerity and heart melting appearance. She entered the film industry and
became Hollywood's 1st female businesswoman "movie mogul" creating with
her colleagues United Artists Studios. She was the
1st woman to make $1,000,000.00 a year in the U.S. Movie business!!!
She remained to the end of her life, proud of her Canadian heritage.
The Toronto Sick Kids Hospital is build on the site of her birthplace
and around the corner there is an
historic plaque and a monument.
née Freeman. Born April 8, 1927 Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After 15 years as a homemaker she became an ordained minister
in the United Church of Canada. In 1976
she became the 1st woman
to be president of the Canadian Council of Churches, and in 1980 she
was appointed as the 1st woman to the top position of Moderator
of the United Church of Canada. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has
received the Pearson Peace Prize and the World Federalist Peace Award.
She has also written several books. (2017)
(Kit) Brennan Watters.
Born April 9, 1958 Vancouver, British Columbia. During her studies at Queens University,
Kingston, Ontario, she received awards
including the Lorne Green Award. She began her career as an actor
but soon found that she preferred writing plays to acting. In 1994
her play about the woman Dr. James Barry won the Canadian National
Playwright Competition. he acted for several years but prefers
writing plays. One of her works, Spring Planting has received
the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award. She
is married to Andrew Waters and works as a professor at Concordia
University, Montreal. In 2013 she began writing a series of novels
starting with Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards.
Born April 9, 1972 Montreal, Quebec. A few weeks
after she was born her family moved to Mississauga, Ontario. At 6
she was a member of the Mississauga Synchronized Swim Club.
In 1983, three years after she joined the Olympium
organization in Etobicoke, Karen won her 1st individual provincial
title, she became the 10 & Under Ontario champion in all events. Two
years further up the road she captured her 1st national title
(junior champion in figures), in the process becoming the youngest
synchronized swimmer to ever win a Canadian national title. She
repeated the feat three times. In
1989 she became a triple silver medalist at the Junior World
Championships. The following year she won a
silver in duet at the international Goodwill Games and first in 1991
then in 1994 helped Canada win silver medals in team events at the
World Aquatic Championships. She is a member of our
Canadian Olympic Synchronized Swim Team. She earned a sliver medal at the
Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. That same year she and Lisa Alexander were
chosen c0-winners of Mississauga's Female Athlete of the Year Award. She holds
20 Canadian titles in various categories including figures, solo,
duet and team. and has won medals at the Pan American Games and the
World Cup. She earned her BA at the University of Calgary and in
1997 she won a Dale Carnegie Achievement Award for excellence in
public speaking. After retiring from competition she became a
journalist with the Calgary Herald, the Canadian Press and a colour
commentator for the CBC Sports. In 2004 Karen was inducted into the
Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame.
Source: Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame. Accessed May 2016
Wheelwright. Born April
10, 1696 Wells
Massachusetts (now Maine), U.S.A. Died November 28, 1780.
Born to a Congregationalist protestant family, she would be re-baptized
as Marie-Joseph dit L'Enfant-Jésus when she became a nun in Quebec.
She was kidnapped by the Indian allies of the French who were at war
against the British. The French missionaries introduced her to the
Catholic Faith. Her family tried to obtain her return home but there
were too many barriers and the girl was placed in a school run by
the Ursuline Sisters. She decided to become an nun and refused to
return to her home. She would become the Mother Superior and maintain
good relations between the Ursuline and the new British authorities
after the fall of Quebec. She helped her religious community to become
strong through 20 of its most difficult years. Source:
Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
née Miller. Born April 11, 1859 Truro, Nova Scotia. Died April 21, 1949. President
of the Victoria Order of Nurses from 1901 to 1946 and the Halifax Council
of Women in Nova Scotia from 1906 to1920. She mobilized women in World War I for the
Red Cross for which she was also President at the provincial level
from 1914 to1920. She helped co-ordinate relief efforts for the Halifax
Explosion of 1917. Even with all this work she found time to raise
ten children of her own!
Patricia Lorraine Tutty. Born
April 12, 1953. Known as Paddy, she and her sister began performing folk music in
the late 1960's. She developed a serious interest in English and Celtic
traditional music. She traveled to England to perform and collect
fold music. She is and active member of the Canadian Fold Music
Society and has produced albums of this popular and growing form of
Born April 13, 1861 Milton, Nova Scotia. Died February 15, 1947
Toronto, Ontario. At 15 she attended boarding school in Edinburgh,
Scotland before studying French in France. Back home in Canada she
taught school for a short period. Margaret
originally wrote under the name Marshall Saunders to hide her female identity.
While it was just becoming somewhat respectable for women to be writers
when Margaret was publishing her works, writings by women were not
best sellers. Her 1st novel, appeared in 1889. In 1894 she wrote Beautiful Joe, a story of
an abused dog, for a competition sponsored by the American Humane
Society. This book,
Beautiful Joe, won 1st prize of $200.00! Beautiful Joe would became the 1st Canadian
book to sell more than 1,000,000 copies and by the 1930' it has sold
over seven million copies world wide.
It was translated into more than 14 different languages.
She went on to write more than twenty stories and traveled
throughout North America telling her animal stories often inserting
the stories into the areas she visited. She wrote on issues of the
day in the Halifax Morning Chronicle and the the Toronto
Globe and Mail. In 1927 she published her favourite novel, a
romance called Ester de Warren which was based on her time in
Scotland. In 1947 she was inducted as a Commander in the Order of
the British Empire. In 1994 the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society was
formed and a park was dedicated to Beautiful Joe in Meaford,
Born April 13, 1674 Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Died July 20, 1758. When
she was 20 she was captured by the Abenaki, who were Indian allies
of the French during the war against the British. She was taken to
Ville Marie (Modern Montreal) where she became accustomed so much
to life in New France that she refused to return to the US when captives
were exchanged at the end of the war. She embraced the religion of
her new home and entered life as a nun in 1695 as Sister Sainte-Madeleine.
In a romantic novel, author Helen A. McCarthy called her "the
First American Nun".
Raginsky. Born April
14,1941. Choosing a career as a photographer, by 1964 she was doing
freelance work for the National Film Board of Canada. She 1st expanded her photographic
expression by hand colouring sepia prints and then began to create
oil paintings based on photographs. She is perhaps best known
for her formal full figure portraits. She is an Officer in the
Order of Canada.
née Rochon. Born April 15, 1939. This
nursing teacher was one of the few women of her generation to achieve
senior administrative status with the federal government.
She was appointed to nursing's highest administrative position
as principal nursing officer at Health and Welfare Canada in 1973.
She became under secretary of state in 1988 and Deputy Clerk
of Privy Council in 1985.
April 16, 1904 Montreal, Quebec. Died
December 2, 1983. Could you guess that this is a stage name?
Her real name is Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier.
After several successful acts in Vaudeville, she began
her Hollywood movie career in 1929. She was in movies and television
as well as live stage for 40 years and worked with famous male stars
like Will Rogers.
Billed as a French bombshell from Paris, she
never even traveled outside of North America. Her life story was featured
on the TV show This is your life.
Born April 16, 1858 Montreal, Quebec. Died October 9, 1923. She visited England
and in 1900 decided to make it her permanent residence. However, as
a novelist and religious writer she set the background for 4 of her
novels in her home country of Canada. Her works are carefully structured.
She used humor and lively dialog to describe her unusual plots and
Born April 17, 1620 Troyes, France. Died January 12, 1700. She Came to Canada
as a nun to work in the colony of New France. She would founded the
Congregation de Notre-Dame de Montreal to encourage young women to
work for their community with Devine guidance. The Sisters taught
and set up schools in New France.
Today the order has several thousand members and has expanded
their work to the USA and Japan.
Mother Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized ( declared a Saint in the
Roman Catholic Church) in October 1982.
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Born April 18, 1950, Saint John, New Brunswick. In 1970 she won the
CBC Talent Festival for her piano playing. In 1972 she had completed
her Bachelor degree in music at the University of Toronto. She made
her Toronto debut at the St Lawrence Hall in 1973. In 1975 she won
the Washington International Competition and in 1977 was a finalist
at the Munich International Piano Competition in Germany. 1979 saw
her debut at Wigmore Hall in London, England and by 1980 she had her
debut at the famous Carnegie Recital Hall. That same year she joined
the faculty at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She
continued to tour and appeared at various locations in the U.S.A.
and throughout Europe. In the 1990’s she was touring the orient with
performances in Japan, Hong Kong, and China. By 1999 she had
produced 10 CD’s. In 1996 she joined the faculty of Knwisel Hall
Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, U.S.A. In December 2012
she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions as a
pianist, and educator.
Pollock. Born April 19,
1936 Fredericton, New
Brunswick. Her birth name was Mary Sharon Chalmers. Her
first published play , A compulsory Option, won the 1971 Alberta
Playwriting Competition. After teaching at several western Canadian
institutions she became, in 1984, the first woman artistic director
of a major western Canadian theatre. She has written several
plays of children as well as TV and radio scripts. Her play DOC
earned her the 1984 Governor General's Award. In 1988 she was
awarded the Canada-Australia Literary Prize.
Goudie. née Blake. Born
April 20, 1902 Mud Lake, Labrador. Died Happy Valley, Labrador 1982. She was
a wife and mother in Labrador. After the death of her trapper
husband in 1963 she wrote her autobiography, Woman of Labrador
(published in 1993).The book became an international best seller.
It is the first recorded history of family life in the wilds of Labrador.
'Jennie' Kidd Trout
née Gowanlock. Born April 21, 1841 Kelso, Scotland. Died November 10, 1921
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Jenny came with her parents to
Canada in 1847. The family settled near Stratford, Ontario. Like
many young girls of her generation she earned a teaching certificate
and taught school prior to her marriage. After her marriage in 1865
to Edward Trout the couple settled in Toronto and Jenny decided to become a medical doctor. She
studied Medicine at the University of Toronto as one of the 1st
women admitted to the Toronto School of Medicine. She
completed her medical studies at the Women's Medical College in
March 11,1875, on passing the Ontario registration exam, she became
the 1st Canadian woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada. Dr.
Jenny opened the Therapeutic and Electrical Institute in Toronto and
also ran a free dispensary for the poor from her offices. The
Institute would expand with branches in Brantford and Hamilton,
Ontario. Poor health forced her to retire in 1882 to Palma Sola,
Florida, U.S.A. She was instrumental in establishing the medical
school for women at Queen's University
, Kingston, Ontario.
Prior to her death relocated to California. In 1991 Canada Post
issued a postage stamp to commemorate her as the 1st licensed woman
doctor to practice Medicine in Canada.
Born April 21, 1914 Ottawa, Ontario. Died September 15, 1986. A film producer, director,
and scriptwriter, she and her husband Frank “Budge” Crawley formed
Crawley Films, which became one of Canada’s foremost independent production
companies. She was also
president of the Canadian Film Institute.
Margaret Johnston. née
Leichert. Born April 22, 1935 Melville, Saskatchewan. She was 1st elected
to the Surry, British Columbia, city council in 1970. In 1983 she
was elected to the British Columbia provincial assembly becoming Minister
of Municipal Affairs and Transit in 1986. In 1991 she became
the 1st woman to serve as a provincial premier in Canada.
Born April 22, 1962. She is a television
news journalist who was inspired by her uncle, also a journalist,
who ran an underground newspaper in her native South Africa. She is
a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. Before becoming
the host of the CBC Evening News in Toronto, she worked at TV stations
in Hamilton, Windsor, and Ottawa She has received 2 Gemini
Award nominations for her work.
Born April 22, 1970 Montreal, Quebec. Her
profession is her sport of badminton. She states the biggest
thrill in her career was winning the gold medal in the doubles event
at the Pan American Games in 1997. She had also won silver and bronze
medals in 1995 in doubles and single events and was again a medalist
in the 2002 doubles event. Her life goal is to coach young badminton
players so that she can give a return to the sport that has given
her so much.
Born April 23, 1918 Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario. She was a poet, librarian,
historian and social worker. She won the Governor General's Award
for literature in 1960. She used her writing to bring history alive
for young readers in her "History of Ontario".
Born April 24, 1913 Montreal, Quebec. Died February 21, 2000. She studied
music with the best of her era.
As a composer she has produced a wide variety of scores for
voice, instrumentals, films and even a comic opera.
She taught in the U.S. but moved to teach at the University
of Alberta before she retired.
She was named composer of the Year in Canada and was the first
North American woman composer to be honoured with a festival of her
(real name Mildred Herman). Born April 25, 1923 Toronto, Ontario. This ballerina
who trained as a young girl in Toronto, became an internationally
known dancer. She danced
with the New York City Ballet. Upon retiring as a dancer she opened
her own teaching studio in New York City.
Born April 25, 1957. This author has written
14 novels for young adults and several novels for adults. In
1988 she was awarded the "Grand Prix de la science-fiction du
fantastique Quebecoise" for her work, La petite fille de silence,
also the same year she was awarded the "Prix Boreal" for
the work, les temps de migrations.
Benoit. Born April 26, 1922 Prud'homme, Saskatchewan. Died January 26, 1993.
A journalist turned politician she became the 1st woman appointed
as Speaker of the House of Commons in Ottawa and the 1st woman to
be appointed Governor General of Canada. Did you know that her hair
was so brilliantly white that she had to put a light blue colour in
it to tone it down for the Commons TV cameras?
Born April 27, 1946 Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1968 Janis graduated from
the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts in Political
science. She received the Velia Stern Outstanding Student Award when
she graduated. After university she worked in the office of the Hon.
Roberts Stanfield and was a political organizer in Ontario, western
Canada and Newfoundland & Labrador for the Progressive Conservative
Party of Canada. In 1973 she married Frank Moores the Premier of
Newfoundland and Labrador. The couple had 1 son. In 1977 her
volunteer efforts were recognized with the Queen's Jubilee Medal. By
1979 she was back in Manitoba where she was a businesswoman as head
of Janis Johnson and Associates a public policy and communications
group in Winnipeg. In 1981 she was a founding member of the Manitoba
Special Olympics and went on to serve as Director of Special
Olympics Canada. From 1986-1991 she
was the 1st woman to
be appointed to the Canadian National (CN) Board of Directors and helped establish the 1st
onsite child care facility within a Canadian Crown Corporation.
also served in 1984 as the 1st woman as National Director
of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. She also served and
the advisory Board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Prairie Theatre
Exchange of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. On September 27,
1990 she was appointed to the Senate of Canada. In 1993 she received
the Canada 125 Medal and in 1995 she received the Business and
Professional Women’s Award. In 1994 the Special Olympics presented
her with its Volunteer Award. In 2000 she was a founding member and
chair of the Gimli Film Festival and the country of Iceland
presented her with the Order of the Falcon for working promoting
Canadian-Icelandic relations. In 2003 she received the Queen’s
Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2009 she was the Outstanding Alumni of
the University of Manitoba. In 2012 she was recipient of the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Award.
Born April 28, 1908 Haldamond County, Ontario. Died September 26, 1987. Ethel was
on the 1928 Canadian Olympic team, the first Olympic games to allow
women to compete. She won a gold medal for Canada in the high jump
when she cleared 5 feet 2 inches (1.588m). She is a member of the Canadian
Sports Hall of Fame.
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Born April 28,1860 Newcastle, Upper Canada (Now Ontario).
Died December 7, 1953.
She graduated from the Ontario Ladies College, Whitby, Ontario with
the Gold Medal in Music. She was Head of the Music Department from
1880 through 1892. She would take a year to do post graduate studies
in Berlin, Germany. A poet and
journalist who, for a long period, contributed poems anonymously to
a large number of Canadian and American journals. She did not use
her real name until 1906 when she published her first book “Songs
Her pseudonyms (pen names) included Caleb
Black, Catherine G. Brown, H. C., Helen Gray Cone, Hollis Cattwin,
L. D. Clark, Winifred/Winnifred Cotter, A. T. Cottingham,
Winnifred Ford, C. H., Mrs. R. H. Hudson, Hollis Hume, Shadwell
Jones, Annie Lloyd, M. D. Merrivale, Helen Saxon, Emily A. Sykes and
Gwendolyn Woodworth. With a list of pen names as long as she had it
is no surprise to learn that she contributed to some 60 North
American magazines. She would publish two additional books of
poetry: Marching Men, 1917 and Songs, 1937.
Ross. Born April
29, 1941 Vancouver,
British Columbia. Her real name is Pauline Cecilia Isobel
Teresa Campbell. She began to study ballet at 5 years of age.
At 15 she left home to join a traveling performing group from Montreal.
By the early 1960's she had returned to western Canada and had become
a principal dancer in a Vancouver company. In 1965 she opened
her own Paula Ross Dance Company. The Company, although well
presented in western Canada and the United States, dissolved due to
financial problems in 1987. Paula was known for her dance creativity
and continues to work in Canada, Japan, and France.
née Fulton. Born April 30, 1913 Lumsdon, Saskatchewan. Died March 28, 1996.
She Attended the University of Saskatchewan. and in 1938 she married
Frank Folk who encouraged her search for folk music. Working
for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) she hosed the radio
program Folk Song Time from 1950 through 1963. This folklorist,
collector, writer, and teacher was interested in Canadian folklore.
She would publish some 15 books
including Folk Songs of Canada and More Folk Songs
of Canada and released recordings of many of these songs. She was
a founding member of the Canadian Folk Music Society and editor of
the society's journal.
She was also a founder of the famous
Mariposa Folk Festival. She is included in the Canadian Songwriters
Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Order of Canada. A Fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada she was the 2000 recipient of the Folk
Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award.
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