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Morissette. Born June 1, 1974 Ottawa, Ontario. Alanis shares her birthday
with her twin brother Wade. As a child in Ottawa she liked to sing, dance, and
act. She took dance lessons at 7, began writing songs at 9, and played in a TV
series on Canadian TV called You Can’t Do That
on Television at 11. She recorded her 1st demo in 1987. Her 1st album is “Alanis” released only in Canada in 1991 and she soon was top on the
music charts with her alternate rock music. She went
international with her album Jagged
Little Pill in 1995 before moving to Brentwood California, U.S.A.
From her tour with Jagged she won the 1998 Grammy for
Best Music video. The following year she took Grammies as Best Rock
Song, and Best Female Rock Vocal for the soundtrack for the movie
City of Angels called Uninvited. That year she released
her forth successful album which was #1 and the Billboard 200 in the
1st week of sales and won a Juno Award for Best Album. In 1999
she was acting again in the comedy Dogma and appeared in some
television shows. In 2002 her fifth album was releases
again debuting #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and won Alanis
the Juno Award for Producer of the year. She also appeared in
an off Broadway play The Exonerated. In 2004 she was
the host of the Juno Awards and in May of that year her sixth album
from which the lead single,
Everything, achieved major success on Adult Top 40 radio in
America . Alanis also appeared in the movie De-Lovely. In
2004 she became engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds but by 2007 the
couple mutually decided to split. In 2005 she became a US
Citizen while in February 2005, she made a guest appearance on the
Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation
and released the greatest hits album. In 2009 she
appeared in eight episodes of the TV series Weeds On May 22,
2010 Alanis married rapper Mario 'Souleye' Treadway and the couple
have a two children. In 2012 she did an European tour and
announced her eighth album.
May 6, 2014
she received the UCLA Spring Sing's George and Ira Gershwin Award.
In January 2016 she began writing an advice column for The
Guardian. in the United Kingdom. 2018 saw the release of
album number 9 an in May 2018, American
Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massacheutts, U.S.A.,
premiered Jagged Little Pill, a musical with music by
Morissette and Glen Ballard, lyrics by Morissette, book by Diablo
Born June 2, 1924 Chatham, Ontario. Died April 14, 2007. While still in
high school June was editor of the school paper, journalism was in
her blood. After High school she worked at the Brantford Expositor.
She moved to Toronto in 1942 to work at the Globe and Mail.
After she married Trent Frayne (1918-2012) she retained her maiden
name as the Globe and Mail did not employ married women.
After the birth of her four children she returned to work as a
freelance journalist. She even interviewed Elvis! She also ghost
wrote several autobiographies of prominent Americans. By 1954-55 was
the host of The Fraynes, a CBC television talk show. In the 1960's she became
an activist for such social causes as homeless youth and drug addicts. June founded Casey House, a Toronto hospice for people with AIDS, and
the June Callwood Centre for Young Women. She continued in
television journalism with In Touch on CBC from 1974-1975. She became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978 and became an Officer in the Order 1986.
June also holds the Order of Ontario
and was inducted into the Etobicoke Hall of Fame in 1992. She was
named as Toronto's Humanist of the year in 2004 by the Humanist
Association. In 2005 a Toronto park was named in her honour and
Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto, established a
social justice professorship to honour her. A biography, written by
Anne Dublin and entitled June Callwood: A Life of Action, was
published in March 2007. In 2008 the mayor declared June 2 of each
year is June Callwood Day in the city of Toronto.
Born June 2, 1935 Oak Park Illinois, U.S.A. Died July 16, 2003. Carol
studied at Hanover College, Indiana, U.S.A. spending her junior year abroad
at the University of Exeter in England on a United Nations scholarship .In
1957 she married engineer Donald Hugh Shields and the couple immigrated to
Canada. Living in Ottawa she worked as an editorial assistant from
1968-1978. In 1975 she earned from the University of Ottawa. A writer
and professor she was also Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg,. where
the family had steeled in 1980 and where she
had been a professor. The busy mother of 5 children,
this writer won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Governor General’s Award for Literature,
The Booker Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Along with writing novels and biographies, she has also written 5
plays and written poetry. When her husband retired in 2000 the couple moved
to Victoria, British Columbia. Films based on her novels include the 1996
Swann and in 2003 The Republic of Love.
Born June 3,
Nova Scotia. Died July 26, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario. After having
worked several years behind the scenes of the Progressive Conservative Party
she was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the islands in
1972. In 1977 the National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary
showing her bid for the progressive Conservative run for leadership
of the party in 1976. On June 4, 1979 she was sworn in as a member
of the Queen's Privy Council of Canada.
Joe Clark Government 1979-1980 she became the 1st woman to hold a major cabinet post as
Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Iran hostage crisis was a
major issue during MacDonald's term. Six American diplomats had
escaped the seizure of the American embassy by radical Iranian
students and had sought refuge in the Canadian embassy in
Tehran. MacDonald authorized the
issuance of false passports and money to the six as part of a plan
to rescue the escapees that had the Americans pose as Canadians and
leave the country with Canadian staff when the embassy was closed on
January 28, 1980, although she was not able to discuss her role
publicly.The successful operation became known as the
Canadian Caper, and it was later
dramatized in the
Academy Award-winning film
Argo. She would later serve in the
Mulroney Cabinet as Minister of Employment and Immigration. In 1992 she was
inducted as an Officer into the Order of Canada and in
1998 she was promoted to Companion of the Order. In 1995 she
received the Order of Ontario. In 2000 she received the Pearson
Medal of Peace. 2002 saw her awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden
Jubilee Medal. In 2004 she was awarded the Padma Shri civilian
award from the Government of India. In 2007 she was made a
member of the Order of Nova Scotia. After retiring
from the political forum she worked to help the people of Afghanistan to
help themselves by providing simple training in the sues of solar energy that
the people provided for themselves. In October 2010 she received the Canada
World Peace Award from the World Federalist Movement-Canada. In 2012
she received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. She
received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Maclean's Magazine.
The prominent 400 boat harbour in front of the Kingston Ontario City
Hall is named in her honour. During her career she received 19
honourary degrees from various universities in Canada and the United
Born June 4, 1948 Oakville, Ontario. Sandra was
introduced to the sport of golf by her father when she was just five
year5s old. By the time she was 13 she was competing in her home
province of Ontario as an outstanding junior and amateur winning the
Ontario and Canadian Junior Girls Championships three times each. She became
Canada’s 1st woman professional golfer in 1968 and won the Ladies
Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship at Sutton Massachusetts that same
year. It can be no surprise that she won Rookie of the year Award in 1968.
In 1970 she married John Elliot, Jr. In 1974 she won the
Colgate Far East Open in Melbourne, Australia breaking into
international circuit. Sandra
was the 1st Canadian Ladies golfer to win the LPGA multiple times in
the same season winning twice the 1st tow time a Canadian performed
this feat in 1978 and 1979. In 1979 she was awarded
the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Athlete of the Year. Sandra has bee
captain of the Canadian Nations Cup team, served as a professional
golf commentator in Canada and she also writes instructional
articles for her sport in several Golfing magazines. She retired
from most LPGA competition in the mid 1980's due to several nagging
injuries. In 1988 she was elected to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame
and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. In 2004 Sandra became a
Member of the Order of Canada. She was also identifies as number eight of
the women chosen as Canada's Athletes of the 20th Century. Sandra
runs her own School of Golf, she has her own golf apparel
firm, and she has designed a set of women's golf clubs for a major
Born June 4,
1894 Newport, Gaspésie, Quebec. Died February 20, 1941.
She is best known as Madame Bulduc or LA BULDUC in the 1930's. She would become Canada's
premier chansonère (singer), and as the Queen of Canadian Folk Singers, composing
and singing songs of ordinary daily life of Quebec.
La Bulduc is often considered
to be Quebec's 1st female singer/songwriter.
She combined the traditional folk music of Ireland and Quebec the two
acquired music genres of her parents. By 1908, when she was just 13, She was
giving public performances playing the according at the logging camp where
her father worked as a cook. That same year she went to live in Montreal
with family where she worked as a maid for $15.00 a month plus room and
board. A few years later she was working in a textile mill. 60 hours a week.
On August 17, 1914 she married a plumber, Edward Bolduc. Mary had twelve
pregnancies but only four children reached adulthood. In 1921 the
family moved to Springfield Massachusetts, U.S.A. to look for work but a
year later they were back in Montreal. Mary it seems always entertained
family and friends and sometimes performed with the Veillees du bon
vieux temps at the Monument-National. The small payment from her
entertaining was useful for the family and by 1928 she was performing
regularly. She was signed up with the Compo company on Star records and
earned $25.00 per side of a record. She made her 1st recording April 1929.
and her second recording for Christmas of that same year. The second record
more than 12,000 copies! Much of her music were comedic songs. She went on
to become a French language singing legend in her
home province. By the end of 1930 she had recorded more than 30 songs and
had collaborated with 56 recordings of other artists. ! In March 1931she was
headlining a burlesque company at Theatre Arlequin de Quebec. She began
touring in 1932. giving 50 shows from August through December. She went on
to tour in New England in the U.S.A. in 1934 and the French speaking areas
of Northern Ontario in 1935. By 1936 she had produced 33 records and the
family could afford a nanny to take care of their children. In June 1937 she
was injured in an automobile accident and while in hospital it was
discovered that she had cancer. Her insurance would not pay for treatments
of the cancer. She could not write songs due to a concussion that cause
memory loss. In 1938 she was again on tour but only in Montreal. She did do
radio broadcasts and and made two new recordings in 1931. About 100
recordings survive but she also wrote songs for special occasions that were
not recorded. Canada Post issued a stamp in her honour on August 12, 1994.
There is a museum exhibit in her home town of Newport. In April 2018 a
bographical film, La Bulduc was released.
Hollingsworth. Born June 5,
1939 London, England. Margaret graduated as a librarian from Loughborough
emigrated from England to Canada in 1968. She studied psychology at Lakehead
University , Thunder Bay, Ontario, prior to moving to British Columbia for post graduate studies. She is
a notable playwright. Five of her plays were collected and published in 1985 in
the book Willful Acts. Her 1st play, Bushed, was performed in
1973 by the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. In 1983 she won the Floyd
S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for her work, Ever Loving. In 1995
she received the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Ring of Fire.
She published a collection of short stories in 1990 and in 2004 her novel,
Be Quiet, was published. (2018
Born June 6, 1932 St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. A film director and producer, she joined the National Film Board in
1960. Her efforts allowed female
film producers their first organized platform for expression.
In 1968 her documentary Film Du Mere en
fille was the 1st feature film ever directed by a French-Canadian women.
In 1996 her documentary film, Tu as Crie: Let me go. was made to help
her understand the events leading to the murder of her daughter.
In 2001, Poirier received a Governor General's Performing
Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in film. She was appointed an
Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003
Nozomi Kogawa. Born
June 6, 1935 Vancouver,
British Columbia. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour in 1941 the Canadian
government placed 1st generation Japanese in internment camps. Joy's family was sent to
Slocan, British Columbia. After World War ll the family settled in Coaldale,
Alberta. Joy graduated from the University of Alberta, the Anglican Women's
Training College and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario. Back
in Vancouver she married David Kogawa in 1957. The couple divorced in 1968
and Joy attended the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Toronto in
1979. In 1973 this busy single mother
of two worked as a writer in the Prime Minister's Office. Her 1st book of
poetry was published in 1968. In 1981 she published her 1st novel Obasan
and won The First Novel Award. This book would later be adapted as a 45
minute opera which toured elementary schools in British Columbia. In
1982 she won the the Bork of the Year Award and an American Book
Award. Her 1st children's book Naomi's Road appeared in 1985. She is
known for her novels, children's books, poetry and essays, which have been published
in Canada and in Japan. She is also an activist who was instrumental in influencing
the Canadian government in their settlement with Japanese Canadians for loss of
liberty and property in Canada during World War ll. In 1986 she became a
member of the Order of Canada. November 5, 2005 the City of Vancouver
declared Obasan Cherry Tree Day and planted a graft of the Cherry tree from
the Kogawa home at the city hall. The Kogawa house was saved from
demolition and is being renovated to its 1940 appearance. In 2006 she
was inducted into the Order of British Columbia where she lives some of the
time. In 2010 she was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun by Japan for
her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian
history. In 2012-13 she was Writer-in-Residence at the University of
Born June 7, 1909 Quesnel, British Columbia. Died November 2, 1996
Vernon, British Columbia. Margaret graduated from the University of
British Columbia in 1929 going on to earn her Master of Arts in
1931. She earned her PhD from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
in 1936. After teaching in the United States for three years
she became a lecturer at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in
1940. In 1943 she returned to teach history at the University of British Columbia where she
was head of the History Department from 1965 to 1974. She served as
chair of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada from 1960
through 1967.She produced several
works which enlighten readers on the history of British Columbia. She was a major
contributor to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. She would also serve
as President of the Canadian Historical Association. She is a member of
the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Order of British Columbia and the
Order of Canada.
Born June 8, 1937 Campbelltown, New Brunswick. While living and working in
Montreal, Quebec she took up 10 pin bowling in 1963.
By 1967 she was representing Canada
internationally. In 1968 she was Montreal's sportswriters city
female bowler of the year. In 1974 she and her doubles
partner won the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)
Gold medal championship.
In 1975 while she was Canadian
10-pin Champion she was the 1st
Canadian woman to win the AMF Bowling Cup . During her trip to these world games her
equipment and clothing were lost in transit and she had to obtain a new bowling
ball and special shoes required for a left handed bowler! In
1976 she too the gold medal-all events at the Tournament of the
Americas Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She is one of
Canada's most decorated international 10-pin bowlers.
Born June 9, 1929 Montreal, Quebec. Died
February 5, 2015. Louise studied music at the Conservatoire de
musique et d'art dramatique du Quebec and then from 52 to 1954 she
studied in Paris, France. In 1959 she began to concentrate on
writing. In 1963 her 1st
novel was awarded the Prix du Cercle du livre de France.
She wrote of the then critical theme of lesbianism. She continued to write
novels and branched out to short stories and scripts for films for TV.
In 1974 she was named writer-in-residence at the University of
Ottawa. In 1985 she was named to the Royal Society of Canada and in
1986 she was inducted into the Order of Canada. (2018)
Born June 10, 1925 Montreal, Quebec As a youth she studied
classical dance but also enjoyed classes in visual arts. In 1940 she
attended the Ecole des beaux-arts de Montreal. This artist was part of the famous
group of Montreal. As well as her art, she pursued a career in dance after
studying in New York City. In 1949 she married artist Paterson Ewen
(1925-2002) .After her marriage in 1949 she started a family
and found it more difficult to keep up her successful dance career. She
turned her artistic talents to welded metal sculptures. She created a monumental
sculpture for Expo 67 in Montreal. Plexiglas was her next medium of choice. By
1980 she returned to expressing her artistic talents in her painting. Between
1982 to 1994 she produced several series of works. In 1997 she
completed Montagnes (mountains), a granite wall located in the main
lobby of President Kennedy Pavilion of Université
du Quebec in Montreal. In 1997 she was teaching
painting at Concordia University. In 2001 she was inducted into the
order of Canada and the following year she became a Knight in
the National Order of Quebec. In 2005 she earned the Governor
General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Born June 11, 1842 Leslie's Corners, Upper Canada (Ontario). Died March 1, 1920
Toronto, Ontario. Like many of the well to do pre-Confederation families in Canada,
she was educated at home before her family sent her to
Europe to tour. She traveled with her mother as her chaperone While she was in Holland she continued her studies
in art. Returning home to Guelph, Ontario she taught art and began
writing. Her writings that would be her legacy. She
would publish three books including The Cromaboo Mail
Carrier in 1878 under the name of James Thomas Jones. This book
was banned in nearby Erin, Ontario because its outspokeness
offended some of the local citizens. She would also use the
pen name J. T. J. The following year David Jones's Locker
appeared in serial form in the Clifford Arrow which also
published in 1881, Absolutely Her Own Mistress. She had
hoped the Ontario Department of Education would use her two volumes
of poetry but this did not happen. She also penned The Kings and
Queens of England in 1896 and Historical Sketches of Scotland
in 1905. Book sales were not that successful either and she lost her
house and moved to Rockwood to live with her sister. After her
sisters death she moved to Fergus , Ontario and wintered in Toronto.
She died in poverty.
Scott. Born June 12, 1962 Toronto, Ontario. A childhood dream of becoming a dancer helped propel
this native Torontonian to fame as an actor, singer and noted talk show host. Her
1st lead role was in Evita at the Limelight Dinner Theatre. She worked on soap operas in Los
Angeles, California, U.S.A. then returned home and kept busy acting in a variety of guest spots on
television shows and a couple of movies. She also performed in musical theatre
in Toronto. From 1996-1998 she had her own TV Talk show but it was
cancelled after receiving a poor critical reception. Her
role in the TV hit series Due South
which ran from 1995 through 1999 was much more successful. In 2002 she
married actor Paul Evans and that same year she was the voice of Mamma Bear
in the Berenstain Bears. In 2008 she starred as Khashoggi, a
role usually played by a man in the Toronto production of the Queen
musical We Will Rock You. As her acting career wound down she took a
position with Arbonne, a multi lever marketing company becoming
Executive National Vice President.
Adair. Born Violet McNaughton June 13, 1873 Hamilton, Ontario.
Died May 11, 1953 New York, New York, U.S.A. Jean studied acting in Chicago,
Illinois, U.S.A. Most of her life she was a stage actor traveling with local
stock companies and also appearing on the vaudeville in one-act plays.
In 1922 she had a starring role in the comedy hit, It's a Boy. She
was seldom out of work after this performance. Later in life she
appeared in numerous films in the 1940’s working with such greats as Gene
Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Perhaps she is best remembered as one of the
sweet, but murderous aunts in the
and Old Lace in 1944.
It was a role that she had originated on Broadway. In the early 1950's she
would appear in some minor television roles. (2018)
Jay Macpherson. Born
June 13, 1931. Died March 21, 2012,
Toronto, Ontario. When Jay was 9 she was a ‘war guest’ in Newfoundland. This
was a term used for British evacuee children who were sent from Britain for
their safety during World War ll. In 1944 the family settled in
Ottawa, Ontario. She earned her BA from Carlton University, Ottawa in 1951.
While still a student at Carleton she had some of her poems published in the
Canadian magazine Contemporary in 1949. After achieving her BA she went on
to University College in London for post Graduate studies prior to earning
her PhD from the University of Toronto. She also earned a post graduate
Bachelor of Library Science. In 1952 her 1st published work
Nineteen Poems appeared. In 1954 Jay began her own small press, Emblem
Books. Her most popular work, The Boatman, was a series of 80 poems
published in 1957 garnered the 1958 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.
From 1997 through 1996 Jay taught English at Victoria College at the
University of Toronto becoming a full professor in 1974. Her works also
earned her the E.J. Prat Medal for poetry and the Levinson.
Source: Jay Macpherson Poet and Teacher, Victoria University Archives Online
(Accessed January 2012)
G. Stymiest. Born June 13, 1956
Barbara graduated from Richard Ivey School of Business in 1978. She became
the youngest partner in the accounting firm of Ernst& Young when she was 30.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario called her a trailblazer
for women in business. . This businesswoman
held the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Nesbit Burns Inc.
from 1992 to 1999.
It was during this time that she was the 1st woman in
North America to be
Governor of a Stock Exchange. In 1999 she
became President of the Toronto Stock Exchange! In 2000 she was on the top
10 list of Canadian businesswomen presented by the National Post. She
was named one of Fortune's 50 most powerful women in business three
times. In 2010 she carried the Olympic torch in the relay leading up to the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. She is married to James M. Kidd.
Maude 'Bird' McLean. Born June 14, 1879 Souris, Prince Edward Island.
Died June 27, 1918 at sea. Her
nickname was 'Bird'. She graduated Halifax Ladies College in 1896 and then
studied nursing at Newport Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
where she completed her training in 1908. She was hired as head
nurse in charge of the operating room at the Henry Heywood Memorial
Hospital, Gardner, Massacheutts, U.S.A. She enlisted for
service in World War l and was assigned to the Canadian medical Corps in
A month later she was serving in France. In 1915 she joined the
Duchess of Connaught's Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow,
England. After transport duty to Canada in 1916 she she was posted
to Thessaloniki Greece and the No. 1 Canadian Stationary Hospital.
By 1917 she was serving in Orpington, London, England. In March 1918
she was posted tot he ship Llandovery Castle which carried Canadian
wounded to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
She died at sea off the coast of Ireland when the ship was torpedoed and
sunk by the enemy while heading back to service. 14 nursing sisters
died that day. Plaques in memory
of Rena McLean are located in St James United Church in Souris, in
Mount Allison’s Memorial Library, and in the X-ray laboratory at
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. The FIVE SISTERS window in York Minister
England, is dedicated to the 3,000 women of the Empire who sacrificed their lives
in WW I. Her name is included.
Canadian Forces Medical Services School at Canadian Forces Base
Borden, Ont., gives the Llandovery Castle Award each year to the
most deserving nursing officer.
Alexandrova Kulikovsky/Koulikovsky. née Romanof.
Born June 14, 1882 St. Petersburg, Russia. Died November 24, 1960 Toronto,
Ontario. She was a Grand Duchess of Russia and sister to Czar Nicholas. As a
child she was raised by an English nanny. She 1st married in the simmer of
1901 to Duke Peter von Oldenbury but this marriage ended in an annulment.
She married a second time in November 1916 to Colonel Nikkolai
Alexandrovitch Kulikovsky (1881-1958) and the couple would have two
children. She was saved from being executed with the rest of the Russian
Royal family in during the Russian revolution in 1917 because she had
decided to become a nurse and was working with the wounded in Kiev. She and her
family narrowly escaped, 1st living in exile in Denmark, England
and finally in 1948 they immigrated to Canada. Here she was a farmer's wife
living near Guelph, Ontario, leading
a very ordinary life. The couple would retire to Cooksville, Ontario. In June
1959 she was invited for lunch with Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip.
Olga lived simply wearing cheap clothes and doing her own shopping and
gardening. She enjoyed painting and actually had a showing in of her art works in Toronto,
in the 1950's. During her lifetime she painted over 2,000 art works to
provide extra income for her family. in 2001 her son exhibited selections of
her work at the residence of the Russian Ambassador in Washington, DC. and
in 2006 in Moscow.
Born June 15, 1937 Timmins, Ontario. Lola studied
comparative literature at the University of Alberta, Calgary. This bilingual author has produced books
in both of Canada's official languages. Her strong command of her second language,
English, can be seen in her poetic publications. She has also translated
several notable authors who have written works in either French or
English for publication in the other language. Her five books
of poems and her three novels express
feelings of female life experiences such as pregnancy and birth as well as loss of immediate
family members in death. Her short fiction appeared
in French in XYZ-La Revue de la Nouvelle and in the
anthology, Closets of Time.
writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, London. She
teaches creative writing at York University, Toronto and is
contributing editor of Open Letter, a Canadian journal of
writing and theory.
Margaret Armor Robertson.
Born June 16, 1891Montreal, Quebec. Died December 6, 1948 Montreal, Quebec. This artist became a member of a group of women painters
of Montreal who would study with the top Canadian painters of the day. She
joined the Beaver Hall Hill group of artists and the Canadian Group
of Painters. She
would be a colleague of the members of the famous Group of Seven but her approach
to art was different and individualistic. She was a landscape artist who loved
the Laurentians and the lower St. Lawrence areas depicting convent
spires, local farm homes, water scapes, or old Martello Towers.
Born June 17, 1902 Morrisburg, Ontario. Died July 15, 1958 Toronto,
Ontario. Marion studied for her Bachelor and Master degrees at the
University of Toronto. She completed her post graduate studied in Great
Britain and returned to Toronto to work at Women's College Hospital in 1928. In 1947 this medical doctor helped develop a simplified Pap
test, which is used to detect cancer in adult women. She
specialized in a commonsense approach to childbirth problems and authored a
book A Woman Doctor Looks at Love and Life in 1957. After her death a second
book “Women and Fatique” was published
in 1960. In 1964 her biography, Give my Heart; the Dr. Marion Hilliard
Story by Marion O. Robinson was published.
Sherman. Born June 17, 1941 Chatham,
Ontario. In 1962 she graduated from McGill University, Montreal and the
following year she earned from the University of Toronto a Graduate
Diploma in Town Planning. From 1963 to 1966 she worked as a town planner out
of Toronto, England and the Ontario Department of Municipal Affairs. She is
married and has two children. From 1966 through 1988 she was the executive
producer of the programs: State of the Arts, The Arts Report,
and Identities and Ideas. As a journalist
and short story writer has had her works published in Saturday Night magazine,
Toronto Life magazine and the Globe and Mail and Ottawa
Citizen newspapers. In 1992 she earned the Canada-Japan Literary prize from
the Canadian Department of External Affairs. She 1st had dreams about
visiting Japan when she was 14. It took thirty years before her dream would come
true. She has written about her experience in Japan Diaries: A Travel Memoir
published by McArthur & Co. in 1999. She has served on several boards
including PEN, Energy Probe and the Ontario College of Art.
Evelyn Sera Owen Bowen.
Born June 18,1911. Died 1999. She left
her native Wales to go to theatre in London and later, while working in a touring
theatre, she would be introduced to Canada. She immigrated to Canada in 1956 and found work in Montreal acting and writing. It would however be Nova Scotia
that she chose to live. In 1967 she was appointed Artistic Advisor for the Nova
Scotia Centennial celebration. She organized and directed the
Negro drama group in Canada. She wrote plays, directed, and taught drama to the
youth of her chosen home province. To learn more about this talented woman read
Great Dames, edited by Elspeth Cameron and Janice Dickin, [Toronto, University
of Toronto Press, 1997].
Rose-Marie Losier-Cool. Born
June 18, 1937 Tracadie, New Brunswick. A teacher by profession, she
taught for 20 years at Ecole secondaire Nepisiguit in Bathurst, New
Brunswick. She was elected the
1st woman president of the
Association des enseignantes et enseignants francophones du
Nouveau-Brunswick in 1983
and has sat on the board of directors
of the Canadian Teachers' Federation.
She was Teacher of the Year in New Brunswick in 1993. She entered
into politics by serving on several provincial and federal
committees including the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the
Status of Women. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada
March 21, 1995 retiring June 18, 2012.
In January 2004 she
served as Government Whip, the 1st woman to hold this position.
Cheechoo. (Stage name Cactus Rose).
Born June 18, 1952 Eastmain, Quebec. When she was just nine she was sent away
from her family to the Shinwauk Residential School, Sault Ste Marie,
Ontario. She is a Cree artist, actor, writer, director, singer, and a
producer who has been successful in reaching back to her native roots for
inspiration. She attended classes at the Manitou Arts Foundation during the
summer of 1966. She wrote about her experiences at residential school in the
1991 play: Path with No Moccasins. It was for her part of the healing
process for the trauma she endured at the school. She has participated in
several exhibitions of her art work of acrylic, oils and mixed medium on
canvas and stained glass. Her works have been used for Christmas cards by
both UNICEF and Amnesty International. She has appeared in film, TV, radio
and theater productions with her 1st role in 1985 on CBC's First Nations TV
series Spirit Bay. In 1997 she had a role on CBC TV series The
Rez. Shirley is the 1st First Nations
women to write, produce, direct and act in a feature
length film from Canada.
In July 2015 she was appointed
chancellor of Brock University, the 1st woman and 1st aboriginal chancellor
for the institution. Shirley and her
partner Blake Debassige co-own
Kasheese Studios art
gallery. She is also the president of Spoken Song film production company
and founded the
Weengushk Film Institute
that will train, develop and guide independent filmmakers
Sau-Lan Chan. Born
June 19, 1947. Helen graduated from the University of Hong Kong in
1971. Dr. Chan had a general practice in Hong Kong prior to
immigrating to Canada in the mid 1970's. This physician
has been a main stay as pediatric oncologist at the Hospital for Sick Children
in Toronto from 1979. She also serves as a professor of pediatrics at the University
of Toronto. She is renowned internationally for her treatment of retinoblastoma,
a rare eye cancer. Because of her research more than 90% of
diagnosed children can be cured with chemotherapy. In
2018 she was inducted into the Order of Ontario. (2018)
Elaine Elio. Born June 19,1955. A graduate
of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. She earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. in 1981.
She is an Associate professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles in the fields of cognitive
psychology, cognitive science and artificial intelligence. She is a member
of the Canadian Society of Computational Studies Intelligence.
Sources: Canadian Who's Who (Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 1997)
Van Der Kamp. Born June 19, Abbotsford,
British Columbia. This young athlete competed for Canada in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in rowing
where she earned a silver medal. She gained prominence in her sport in 1993 when
she was Female Crew of the Year. She works for the Privy Council Office in
Ottawa. She is a member of Clean Air Champions (CAC) a national charity
committed to educating Canadians on the importance of air quality and its
connctions to health. The CAC ambassadors are Olympic, Paralympic and
National Team athletes from across Canada. (2018)
Born Jun 30,
1895, Marash, Turkey. Died June 12, 1985. Elizabeth’s parents were Canadian
Presbyterian missionaries serving in Turkey. The family returned to Canada
when Elizabeth was a teenager. After high school she attended Normal School
(Teacher’s College) in Calgary and from 1915-1917 she worked teaching at
prairie schools before enrolling at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
By 1919 she had earned her Master’s Degree. She attend Columbia University
in New York City, New York, U.S.A. From 1925 through 1931 she worked at New
York’s Foreign Policy Association researching and writing reports and
monographs on the Middle East. In 1931 she retreated to a 2 acre market
garden in Uxbridge, Ontario to recharge her batteries and to give herself
some relief for the intensity of concentration requiring the wearing of
hearing aids. In 1935 she wrote the book Rivalries in Ethiopia and
also gave radio talks on the subject of the Middle
East. By 1936 she was back in Ottawa working for the League of Nations and
later at the Canadian Legion’s Educational Department. In 1942 she began her
career at External Affairs Department, still focusing on the Middle East,
her work was given the highest considerations. She proposed a division of
Palestine into 2 states – one Jewish, one Arab which was sent up to Prime
Minister William Lion Mackenzie King. It was in 1947 that the United Nations
General Assembly adopted the partitioning of Palestine and 6 months later
the State of Israel was formed. In 1947 the Canadian government ban against
women serving as foreign officers was lifted and Elizabeth became the
foreign officer of
the unofficial Middle East Division. Her
deafness bothered her to the extent that in 1956 she returned to Ottawa to
head the new Official Middle East Division. She officially retired for
health reasons in 1958 but returned, upon request, until June 30, 1960.
Even then she occasionally worked through to 1977. At 82 she was a volunteer
at the Ottawa Civic Hospital working with the hearing impaired. In 1967 she
received the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada and later she became an
Officer of the Order of Canada. Sadly she never got around to writing her
Source: Margaret Weiers, Envoys Extraordinary: Women of the Canadian
Foreign Service (Toronto: Dundurn, 1995)
Murray. Born June 20, 1945 Springhill, Nova Scotia.
She has sung her way into the hearts of fans all over the world. She was the 1st Canadian female solo
singer to reach number 1 on the music charts in the U.S.A. and the 1st woman
to earn a Gold record for her song, Snowbird in 1970. She
is also the 1st woman and 1st Canadian to win the Album of the Year
Award from the Country Music Association Awards in 1984.
In 1975 she married music producer Bill Langstroth (died 2013) and the
couple have two children. She has record sales of over $25,000,000. She has
won 4 Grammies and 32 Juno Awards. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and on Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto,
Ontario .All of these things make her the most successful female recording
artist in the history of Canadian entertainment.
She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian
Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcast Hall of fame as well as the
Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Companion of the Order of Canada. In May
2007 Golf for Women magazine named Anne the world's best female celebrity
golfer. June 29, 2007 Canada Post issued a Commutative Anne Murray stamp. In
2008 she retired from singing saying that she only sings for her
grandchildren now. In 2008 she appeared as a mentor for the TV programme
Canadian Idol. In 2009 she published her biography All of Me.
In 2010 she was one of the eight notable Canadians to carry the
Olympic Flag as the opening ceremonies. In
2011 Billboard listed Anne as number 10 on their list of the 50
biggest adult contemporary artists. The Anne Murray Centre, Springhill, Nova
Scotia which opened July 28, 1989 houses her memorabilia collection. Revenue
generated from the Centre is used to provide local employment. She is the
Honorary National Chairperson for the Canadian Save the Children Fund. In
2009 Colon Cancer Canada launched the Anne Murray Charity Gold Classic. She
has also bee a public supporter for the environment and David Suzuki's
Vivian Lavell. née Corbiere.
Born June 21, 1942 Wikwemikong First Nation, Ontario. Growing up she learned
English from her mother and Ojibwe from her father. She attended
business college in North Bay, Ontario and worked for the Native
Canadian Centre of Toronto. In 1965 she was named Indian Princess of
Canada. Since in 1970 she married a non-Indigenous mane, David
Lavell she was no longer considered to be an 'Indian' according to
the Canadian Indian Act. Jeannette went on to become a person dedicated to the causes of native women for more than
a quarter of a century. This courageous women fought to improve their
plight and proved that one person's voice can make a difference. In 1971 she
challenged the Indian Act and her failure fueled her energies
to a 1974 successful challenge which permitted reinstatement of
First Nations women and children to regain their 'Indian' status.
She served as president of the Native Women's Association of Canada
and founded the Ontario Native Women's Association. She also served
as a cabinet appointee for the Commission on the Native Justice
System and was president of Anduhyaun Inc a residence for Native
women in Toronto.
She earned a
teaching degree from the University of Western Ontario, London and
worked as as a teacher and school proncipal, living on Manitoulin Island, Ontario
In 2009 to 2012 she became president of the Native Women's
Association of Canada. In 2009 she received the Governor General's
Person's Case Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll
Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2018 she became a Member of the Order of
Julien. Born June 22, 1960
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Her passion is badminton. She has been
enthusiastic about her sport since she was 12 years old. She
represented Canada on the Olympic team in 1992, 1996 and 2004. She
was Badminton's Athlete of the year in
1995. She won 3 gold medals in the Pan American Games. She has held
several Canadian National title over the years but feels her biggest accomplishment
is still being enthusiastic about her sport. Between
1981 and 2004 she won a record 31 Canadian National Championship
events in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She earned four
individual medals at Commonwealth Games in 1986, 1990 she won
silver, and 1990 & 1994 she won bronze medals. Internationally
she took the singles event in France 1982, the Welsh championship
titles in 1991 and 1995 and 1983 she won gold at the Austrian
International and then the Portugal Open in 1998. From 2004 through
2015 she was chief professional trainer for the Quebec
badminton team. She has also worked with Canada's National Coaching
Born June 23, 1918
Died Pickering, Ontario March 13, 2009. Norah married Dr. Fred Urquhart in 1945
and the couple moved to Highland Creek in Scarborough, Ontario where Son Doug
was born. A zoologist with the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of
Toronto, Fred had an avocation for the Monarch Butterfly. With very little
support the couple began a tagging program from their home to learn where the
Monarch butterfly’s of Ontario went each winter. Eventually joined volunteers,
it was Norah who answered all enquiries and posted a newsletter to all involved.
She attended to public relations including writing an article for a Mexican
newspaper in 1972. The article was read by a future volunteer and by 1975 the
first Mexican valley of the Monarch’s was located. The couple’s work is
considered the entomological discovery of the 20th Century. These
pioneers had their work recognized with investiture into the Order of Canada in
Sources: TheStar.com “couples home was butterfly ground zero”
(accessed June 2009); InsideToronto.ca “Norah Urquhart, a pioneer in Monarch
Butterfly research”. (accessed June 2009) ; Information was also supplied by
Donald Davis, Toronto, Ontario; also personal knowledge.
June 24, 1963 Pembroke, Ontario. With her skating partner, Paul Martini
(1960- ) she
would win five consecutive Canadian Pairs Championships. In 1978 they won
gold at the World Junior Championships, Megeve, France and the following
year they won their 1st senior national title and made their World
Championship debut in 11th place. They were Olympians in 1980, Lake Placid,
New York, U.S.A. where they placed 9th. They were third in the 1983 Words
the World Championships on home ice in Ottawa March 20-25. She Married
hockey coach Rick Gaetz and the couple have three children. Sadly one of her
twin daughters drowned in 1993. Barbara started the Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe
Foundation to reduce injuries in childhood, with a focus on water safety.
Barbara worked 16 years as a skating TV commentator, retiring in 2006. She
worked with young Canadian hockey players helping to develop speed and
power. They turned professional and
worked with Ice Capades after their amateur successes. They are both members
of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009 she was named to the World
Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 2011 she was named by the Hockey News as one
of the 100 most influential people in ice hockey. April 20, 2012 she joined
the Toronto Maple Leaf's as a skating consultant.
Born Celia Franks June 25, 1921 London, England.
Died February 19, 2007 Ottawa, Ontario. . Celia was introduced to
dance when she was just four years old. She studied at the
Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Dance. She made
her professional debut when she was 14. In 1947 she joined the
Metropolitan Ballet of Britain as a soloist and ballet mistress. and
began choreographing for television. In 1950 she was offered a
position to stat a Canadian classical company. To support herself at
this time she worked as a file clerk at Eaton's department store.
The new company opened on November 12, 1951. She became in
founding artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada. She was strong willed
and determined ballet dancer traits required to face the many trials over the 23 years
as she helped
the young ballet company to succeed. She
was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1967 and in 1985 she was promoted a
Companion in the Order. In 1994 she received the Governor
General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
In 1979 she joined the School of Dance in Ottawa as a co-artistic
director. She was a member of the board of governors of York
University, Toronto and the board of directors of the Canada
Council. She later served on the Board of Directors for the Canada
Dance Festival Society. Her biography The Pursuit of Perfection:
A Life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn was published in
née Martin. Born June 25, 1927 Saint John, New Brunswick. Patricia's artistic
talents were recognized while she was quite young and she was given formal
private studies in art when she was just 12. She went on to study at the
Academie Royale des beaus-arts, the royal Academy of fine arts in Belgium at
the Sorbonne, Paris, France and the Pratt Graphic Centre in New York, U.S.A. A highly innovative artist, she brought imagination to
her artistic prints. Some of her works are two sided! She is primarily known for
her printmaking and her embossing techniques. She limits her colours to
black, white, and silver and is inspired by the art of the Islamic Middle East
and Zen Buddhists. In the 1960's she became
known for her Plexiglas cube sculptures. She taught from 1965 at the
University of Victoria, British Columbia where she became a full professor
in 1977. That same year she was presented the Queen Elizabeth ll Silver
Jubilee Medal. She has also earned the Zachenta Medal from Poland and the
International Print Art of Norway Gold Medal. She had exhibited her works in
China, Chile, Yugoslavia. Poland, Great Britain, Norway, Japan, France,
Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austral is and the United States.
The Pat Martin Bates Scholarship in Visual Arts was established by
Canadian Federation of University Women of Victoria. Her
biography has been written by Patricia Bovey, Pat Martin Bates: Balancing
on a Thread.
Born June 26, 1906 Montreal, Quebec. Died November 28, 1993.Montreal, Quebec.
Marion enjoyed art as a youth and actually had her 1st show of her
works in 1918. Marion studied at the Ecole des beaux arts,
Montreal, Quebec and the Slade School of Art, London, England. In
she married lawyer and poet F. R. Scott (1899-1985) and the
couple had one son. In the 1930's they were both active in the
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). Mainly a painter of landscapes she also painted the people of Montreal in
the depression era. Her works showed people up against machines and hard times.
Her works were organized geometrically as she experimented with fresh art
forms. She taught from 1935-1938 at the Children's Art Centre set up
by Dr. Norman Bethune (1822-1939) and joined the Contemporary Arts
Society in 1939. Between 1948 and 1977 she held nine solo
exhibitions of her work at galleries in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec
City. A pacifist she campaigned for nuclear disarmament in the
1950's and against the war in Vietnam in the 1960's. In 200 a
biography was published, Marian Dale Scott: Pioneer of Modern Art
by Esther Trepanier. .
Marion Margaret Cuming. Born
June 26, 1936. She
would do her post graduate studies in teaching but instead of teaching she chose to study art in France,
Mexico, and Italy before returning to Canada. She has used her artistic talents
to help emotionally disturbed children and has worked with Canadian street kids.
She has worked closely with UNESCO related activities. For her personal
artistic expression she enjoys drawing Canadian heritage subjects. (2018)
(Real name Georgina May Campbell)
Born June 27, 1862 Whitby, Ontario. Died October 22, 1938. As early as 1872 she and her sister Flora were singing on stage. Once
the sister act split up, May would go on and become a well known Broadway performer.
Her movie career was short but historically significant. Thomas Edison, the famous
inventor, placed May in the staring role in his pioneering one minute moving picture
called The Kiss. It was was considered scandalous by early movie audiences
and the clergy! It is considered to be the first moving picture to ever be shown
in Canada! May would make only one other movie Mrs. Black is Back before
she retired to live with her husband and two children.
She is also
credited with having named the famous Thousand Island Salad Dressing. She and
her family owned a vacation home in the 1000 islands.
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Born circa 1710 Baptized June 28, 1730. She was a black slave who had the misfortune
to fall in love with a white man, Claude Thibault. They fled from Canada
to New England in the United States. To mask their escape she set fire to her master's house. The fire
burnt out of control and 46 homes were destroyed along with the famous Hotel Dieu
She was captured and sentenced to have her hand cut off and be burned alive. The
sentence was changed to handing before her body was burned. Her ashes were scattered
to the wind.(2018)
Shelagh Dawn Grant.
Born June 28,1938 Montreal, Quebec. She completed her studies in nursing
sciences at the University of Western Ontario, London she took time out to
raise her three children. She returned to school attending Trent
University, Peterborough, Ontario earning a B.A. in history in 1983 before
heading to London, England and Washington DC for archival research. Her
master thesis became her 1st published book, Sovereignty or Security?
Government Policy in the Canadian North, 1939-1950 published by the
University of British Columbia Press in 1988. A
study group with the former Canadian Institute for International Affairs
took her to remote Arctic locations such as the Svalbard Islands and in
Greenland: Station Nord, Meistervig and the United States Thule Air Base.
She is a professor of History and Canadian Studies at Trent University in
She was the 1st historian and
1st woman to receive the Northern Science Award in 1996.
She has been
active on various Inuit policy advisory committees, editorial boards and
northern scholarship committees. She also presented papers at a number of
international conferences: in Australia, Central Siberia, England, Scotland
and Iceland. She has been
editor of various reviews and co-editor for Federalism in Canada and
Australia published in 1989. Her work Polar Imperative: A history of
Arctic Sovereignty in North America in 2010 was the winner of the 2011
Lionel Gelber Prize for the best English language book on global affairs.
and the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize.
Finlayson. Born June 29, 1914. Died
September 15, 2016 Burnaby, British Columbia. Thelma attended the University of
Toronto graduating in 1936. She began her entomological career in
1937 as a Technical
Officer for the Canada Department of Agriculture at the Belleville Research
Institute. She was one of the 1st women
scientists to enter the federal government research branch.
In 1967 she was appointed Assistant professor and
Curator of Entomology at Simon Fraser University, the 1st women in the
Department of Biological Sciences. A founding
member of SFU's Centre for Pest Management she became a full professor in 1976.
She was a
Professor Emeritus for the Department of Biological Science at SFU in 1979. The
Thelma Finlayson Society at the University is named for her as is the Thelma
Finlayson Centre for Student Engagement. As a student counsellor she helped more
than 8,000 students as she worked past the age of 95.She wrote approximately
40 research papers, and several books in entomology. She severed as director
of the International Organization of Biologists. In 2005 she was inducted into
the Order of Canada. She was elected a lifetime Member of the Canadian
University Women's Society. In 2007 she was recognized with a YMCA Woman Of
Distinction Award and in 2010 she received SFU's Chancellor's Distinguished
Gaye Rennie. Born June 29, 1957. She describes
herself as a self employed financial consultant. She has won numerous scholarships
and awards for her university studies at the University of Alberta. She was a
Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young from 1979 to 1985. She has held numerous
executive positions with private companies including being Corporate Director. She won the Commerce Cup from her peers
and in 1980 she won the Provincial Gold Medal and the National Silver Medal from
the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also giving of her time
and talents to her community having worked with the YMCA and the United Way campaigns.
She is married and mother of two children. From May 2006 - 2010 she was an
Independent Director of Methanex Corporation and then moved to Major
Born June 30, 1931 Toronto, Ontario. Died
June 27, 1998 Toronto, Ontario. Joyce studied commercial art and graphic
design at Central Technical School in Toronto graduating in 1948. By 1953 she
was working at Graphic Associates animation studio. She married filmmaker
Michael Snow in 1956 and the marriage lasted until 1976. This
artist had her 1st exhibition in 1960. She went to New York City with her
husband and experimented with films.
She took her inspiration from Canadian history, politics and ecology.
Her artistic works covered a multitude of media from canvas, quilting,
and embroidery to film of which sh would make 20. In 1987 a film Artist on
Fire was made about her.
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