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Emily Howard Stowe
née Jennings. Born May 1, 1831 Norwich, Upper Canada (now Ontario) 1831. Died April
30, 1903. A life long champion of women’s rights. With no Canadian
institution allowing women to study medicine she studied in the United
States and became the first Canadian woman to practice medicine in
Canada. It was she who organized the Women’s Medical College in Toronto
in 1883. She was also founder and first president of the Dominion
Women’s Enfranchisement Association in 1889.
readings: Emily Stowe by Janet Ray (Toronto : Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Ltd. 1978. ISBN 0889022364) Source: The indomitable lady doctors by Carlotta
Hacker (Toronto/Vancouver : Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1974
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Budge Marjorie Wilson
(née Archibald) Born Nova Scotia 1927.Her writings began winning awards with the CBC
Fiction Award in 1981. She has won among some 25 other awards the Atlantic
Writing Competition for fiction, the Canadian Library Association
Award, the Mariana Dempster Award, and the Thomas Randall Award.
Most of her books, more than 30 titles, have been for youth although
she often writes with adults in mind and she does have many adult
fans. Her works have been published in 11 countries and 9 different
languages. Perhaps you have read some
of her books? The Leaving (1990), The Courtship (1994), Cordelia
Clark (1994), Fractures (2002) and Friendships (2006) are a few of the titles
she has written. She is also well known for her 5 collections of
short stories. In 2006 she was admitted to the Order of Canada.
She was selected to write the 2008 prequel in celebration of 100 years
of Anne called Before Green Gables. (Information submitted by
Ida Lewis. Born May 3,1869 Hamilton, Ontario. Died March 28,1950
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. She chose her stage name for her
acting career from her mother's family name. As a youth of 11
she played in some amateur theatricals in her home. She had her
stage debut at the age of 14 in the United States performing in
Shakespearian plays with the Bandmann traveling theatre. After three
seasons she was off to Berlin to study the violin but soon changed
to voice and theatre. In 1895 she went
to act in London, England. having secured an engagement at the
Lyceum Theatre. Back in North America after her European tour
she accepted a position with a company in California, U.S.A.
and eventually headed to New York City, U.S.A. and toured the
eastern coast. In 1889 and 1890 she was back to stages in Canada.
After more time in the United States she was back with success
appearances in London England and while with the Lyceum
Company she earned an international status. In the summer of 1897
she returned to the U.S. as the star of her own company financed by
her brother and the wealthy Bostonian Benjamin Cheney. She married Benjamin Pearce Cheney
on February 23, 1898 and
took a few years reprieve from the stage. In 1914 she returned to
the stage doing a benefit performance at the Boston Theater for the
European Actor's Relief Fund. In 1924 she had a very successful tour of
her beloved Canada. As well as her stage appearances she
was the star of such movies as Napoleon, The Man of Destiny and Uncle
Kreiner-Phillips. Born May 4, 1957 Timmons, Ontario. Kathy was introduced to
skiing when she was just three years old. She began World Cup
competition when she was just 14, the year she joined the national
ski team. She won her 1st World Cup race a Pfronten, West Germany in
1974. She made the Olympic team in 1972 placing fourth in the
Giant Slalom. In 1974 she won the gold medal
in the Skiing World Cup giant slalom and two years later, at her second
Olympics, she captured the gold medal in the giant slalom event.
It was the only Canadian medal in Innsbruck.
In 1976 she was named Canada’s outstanding female athlete of
the year taking the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
She participated in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid,
New York, U.S.A. but did not make the podium. She retired from
competition in 1981. After earning her BA from the University of
Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. she studied at the University of
Ottawa earning a Master's Degree in sports psychology. Kathy
married former freestyle skier Dave Phillips. She is the owner and a
consultant at Momentus Mental Training. She has consulted with
numerous National, Provincial and club level teams since 1990.
Born May 5, 1938 Toronto, Ontario.
In 1952 she and Robert Paul formed one of Canada’s most successful
figure skating pairs. They began skating in 1952 and in 1957 won the Canadian, American
and World Championships. So spectacular was their gold medal routine
at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, U.S.A. that 7 judges ranked them first place. This was the 1st time that the gold had gone to non-European
pair skaters. They are
both members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Barbara married
figure skater James Grogan and the couple steeled in Alpharetta ,
Georgia, U.S.A. (2018)
Born May 6, 1951 Chicoutimi, Quebec. A
Twin, both she and her sister Pauline too to being actors. This
actress has be recognized with nominations for Best Actress Genie
Award in1980 and won the Best Supporting Actress Genie Award in 1987
for the film The Decline of the American Empire.
In the film Sous-sol in1996 she won the Guy-L'ecuyer Award
for Best Actress. She has also won two Gemini Awards in 1994 and 1996
for her work on TV. As if this was not enough she has written an novel,
Jeanne Janvier and has written plays. Composing some 40 songs
she has released 4 successful albums. In 2015 she had a staring role
in the TV Series Marie-Louise and from 2012- 2015 Lance et
Compte. She has been successful appearing in French language
series for TV. (2018)
May 7, 1951 Montreal, Quebec. Janina began talking piano lessons at
the age of four from her mother. At the age of twelve she had made
her debut as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. By the
age of 17 she simultaneously earned her BA and her Master's degree
from the Université of Montréal. This pianist studied in Montreal, Paris, and the Julliard School
in New York City, U.S.A. In 1969 she won 1st prize in the CBC
National Radio Competition for Young Performers. In 1974 she had a
prize-winning performance at the 1st Arthur Rubinstein International
Piano Master Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel. She is celebrated as one of the great interpreters
of the music of the composers Chopin and Liszt. She also enjoys performing
works from Mozart, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. She
is known as a pianist of great power who also plays with warmth and
tone. She has performed throughout Europe , North America and
the Far East. In 2001 she married Harry Oesterle a German music
manager. She is the founder and artistic director of Piano Six, a
not-for-profit educational outreach program dedicated to keeping
classical music alive in small communities throughout Canada. The
program was expanded in 2004 to include musicians from strings and
voice as well as piano with the new name Piano Plus. In 2001 Janina
was inducted as an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2007 she was
awarded the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement
Award for Keyboard Artistry. In 2007 she was implemented in one of
the biggest scandals in the classical recording business. In
2012 she received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for
Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Agnes Helen Fogwill Porter.
née Wright. Born May 7, 1930 St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Helen attended the Prince of Wales, St John's, Newfoundland and
worked as a typist with the provincial Department of Justice.
In 1953 she married John Porter and the couple had four children. She
began her writing career in 1962 and devoted herself full time to
writing in 1973. She began her writing career by publishing short
stories, article, reviews and poetry in various magazines such as
MacLean's, Chatelaine, the Star Weekly and Saturday
Night. In 1977 she collaborated with Bernice Morgan
and Geraldine Rubia on writing From this Place, an anthology
from women writers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Between 1975 and
1985 she too an interest in politics and ran for election with the
New Democratic Party four times. Her 1st novel, January,
February, June of July was published in 1988 and won the Young
Adult Book Award from the Canadian Library Association in 1989. She
taught at Memorial University in Newfoundland from 1979 through
1991. She worked with the Visiting Arts' Program where she
would visit schools throughout the province to impart a sense of
literature to school children. She also worked with projects that
put poetry inside public transit busses not only in Newfoundland but
also in Alberta. She is a founding member of the Newfoundland Status
of Women Council. She received the Newfoundland and
Labrador Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. In 2003 the
New Democratic Party of Newfoundland set up the Helen Fogwill Porter
Fund to aid women seeking to run as an NDP representative. In 2015
she was inducted in the Order of Canada.
Ann Scott. Born May 9, 1928, Ottawa, Ontario Died September 29, 2012 Amelia Island, Florida, U.S.A. At
10 she became the youngest skater ever to pass the fold figures test
and the following year she won her 1st Canadian National Junior
title. At 15 she was Canada's Senior National Champions holding the
tile 1944 through 1946.
In 1947 she became the 1st North American to win the European and
World Figure Skating Championship
and became Canadian Newsmaker of the Year. One of Canada’s best remembered sports
1948 Barbara Ann won the
Canadian Figure skating Championship, the European Championship, and
became the 1st to hold consecutive World Championships.
On February 2, 1948 , a week before the Olympic
Games, she was on the cover of Time magazine.
She won the gold
medal in figure skating in the Olympic Games of 1948 on an outdoor
rink in St Moritz, Switzerland, the 1st Gold medal in figure
skating for Canada.
That year she was inducted into the Canadian
Olympic Hall of Fame.
It is the only gold
won by a Canadian Woman in figure skating to date (2018). She
won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1945, 1947,and 1948 as Canada's top
athlete. After the Olympics she toured North American and
British ice shows as the headliner. February 4, 1952 her story was a
feature in Life magazine. She married Thomas Van Dyke King
in 1955 and the couple settled in Chicago, Illinois,
U.S.A.. That year she became a member of the Canada's Sport Hall of
She opened a beauty salon
in Chicago and became interested in training horses. In the late
1950's she founded and was chancellor of the International Academy
of Merchandising and Design in Toronto, Ontario.
In 1966 she became a
member of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame.
the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games she was part of a group to carry the
Olympic torch. In 1991 she was inducted into the Order of Canada the
Skate Canada Hall of Fame. In 2008 the Order of Ontario.
In 1996 the couple retired to Amelia Island, Florida, U.S.A. In 1997
she entered the International Women's Sport Hall of Fame and the
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. The following year she received a Star
on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. She remained involved in figure skating as a judge promoting
her sport and encouraging many others to partake in the sport. Beginning
in 1949 through 1999 she would appear as herself in various movies
and TV shows. An area was named for her honour in Nepean (Ottawa),
Ontario. In 2012 the city of Ottawa created the Barbara Ann Scott
Gallery which displays photographs, her championship awards, and her
gold medal which she donated to the city in 2011.
The Barbara Ann Scott doll that came out shortly after the
games did not really look too much like the young skater but it is
today a very highly prized collector's item.
Born 1925. A diplomat
and public servant she joined the Department of Externals Affaires
in 1949. She served in
Germany, Vietnam, India, and Poland.
She headed the Royal Commission on Condition of the Foreign
Service in 1981.
Born 1929. A storyteller supreme, this novelist is most famous for
her French language work La
Sagouine which is rich in Acadian heritage. This novel has been
made into a very popular one-person play. Linda Evangelista. Born 1965. At 15 while a unsuccessful contestant in a
beauty contest she was approached by a modeling agent. A serious and successful international model she has been on
the cover of every major fashion magazine cover around the world.
Branford. Born 1918. An author she is perhaps best known for her novel
about animals called the INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. The book was an immediate
international best seller and in 1963 it became a Walt Disney movie.
It is a great story about 3 friends, a bull terrier, a golden Labrador
and a Siamese cat who travel over 300 km through northern Ontario
wilderness to return home. It
will be available to borrow from your local library.
Greene. Born Ottawa, Ontario 1943. A skier of determination, Nancy
won the 1967 World Cup and dominated the racing scene the next year
as well winning a gold medal in the giant slalom and a silver medal
in the slalom at the Olympic games as well as her second World Cup.
She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1967 and named Athlete
of the year in 1968. She
is a member of the Canadian Sports hall of Fame.
Born 1966. She
was the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
She won the medal in 1984 in the 200m-breastroke event. At the same
games she won sliver in the 100m breaststroke and played a key role
in the 400m-medley relay team that won bronze.
She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Born May 13, 1936 Toronto, Ontario. Born in Canada, her early
dance training was in the United States at the Bennington College,
Bennington, Vermont graduating in 1959 and the Martha Graham School
in New York City. She worked at both the Connecticut College and the
Juilliard School, New York City from 1960-1965. She soon brought her
talents back to Canada and founded the New Dance Group of Canada in
1966 and in 1968 the Toronto Dance Theatre. She retired in the early
1990's but continued to give occasional performances. In 2004 she
was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada. (2017)
Corriveau. Born Saint-Vallier,
Quebec 1733. Died on the gallows April 18(?) 1763. She has become
simply known as La Corriveau. After two trials she was condemned
to death for murdering her second husband Louis Dodier in January
1763. She was, as the law provided, hung and her body exposed in chains.
Her body was exposed for about a month in an iron cage, The cage would
be found in a graveyard in 1850. Writings over the years drew on the
story as a base. These stories never quite separated facts and
fiction. Legends grew and are still recounted as fantastic tales.
Born Montreal, Quebec 1919. A writer, editor broadcaster, and politician
she served on the Federal Task Force on Canadian unity and as a member
of the legislative Assembly in the province of Quebec. Her books have
been written in either English or French. Don't you wish you could
write books in both of our Official Languages?
Born 1944. This singer and actress began
her career on radio at age 8. By age 12 she had appeared on TV. After
studies at college she appeared on the CBC TV series Sing-along
Jubilee, Don Messer's Jubilee, and Music Hop. She would also have
her own radio show on the CBC called That McKinnon Girl. On stage
she excelled in musical productions and often appeared with her actor/comedian
husband, Don Herron.
Born 1934. She
enjoyed mathematics in high schools and was inspired by her grade
11 biology teacher. She
earned her Ph.D. and became a professor at the University of British
Columbia. Together with some university colleagues, she founded her
own drug company dealing with photodynamic Theory. Recognized for
her contributions to cancer treatments she is also investigating treatment
of diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis ( a skin disease) and multiple
sclerosis. She is also
very proud to have two grandchildren.
designer, entrepreneur and author, Vivienne is the first Canadian of
Chinese descent to be a member of the Senate of Canada, appointed in
1998. She was educated in her native Hong Kong and England and holds
a B.A., McGill University, a M.A, & a PhD. from the University of
Toronto, where she is Chancellor Emeritus. Her extensive community
endeavors include being
involved with cultural and philanthropic causes across Canada. She is
Honourary Co-Chair for the Campaign for Diversity with the Canadian
Centre for Diversity, Honourary Patron of the Ottawa Chinatown Gateway
Project, and the International Centre of Winnipeg and remains an
active supporter of many other organizations.
She was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month
in Canada, and serves as Patron for Asian Heritage Month Societies in
cities across Canada. She was named a Trailblazer by Canada’s Top 100
Most Powerful Women (Women’s Executive Network), and received an
International Women's Day Award. In recognition of her international
influence, she has received honourary degrees from universities around
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Born 1932. An actress, director and writer, most of her work has been
done in the French language. One of her TV series Moi et l'autre was
considered the biggest comedy hit in the History of Quebec TV. Her
stage productions earned her acclaim and awards. Her first film C't'a
ton tour Laura Cadieux was so successful that it required a sequel,
Laura is Back or Laura Cadieux...la suite!
(née Murphy). Born Dublin, Ireland 1794. Died March 17, 1860. A well
known author by the time she came to Canada to join her husband she
chronicled her 8 month stay in her book “Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada” (1838).
(née Shuber). Born 1930. A
professor at the department of biology at Concordia University and
Continuing Senior Fellow, Massey College, this scholar has had scholarships,
fellowships, and been visiting lecturer to numerous international
institutions. She chaired
many groups including Women in Scholarship Committee (1989-1994).
She was on the National Advisory Board for the Canadian Encyclopedia
and was winner of the Woman of Distinction Award in 1988.
a four time Olympian competing in 1976 in Cross Country Skiing and
Kayak, 1980 and Kayak again in 1984 where she took Silver and Bronze
medals. Although Canada withdrew from the Moscow Olympics in 1980
she was the appointed Olympic flag bearer. She was the first Canadian
woman to ever compete in both winter and summer Olympic Games in the
same year. She and her husband, former Olympian Greg Joy, now work
together as motivational speakers.
Born Halifax, Nova Scotia 1856.
Died September 5, 1935. An educator, feminist and author in
1889 Eliza received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in the United
States. She is probably the first Canadian woman to receive her doctor
of letters. Her appointment to the Dalhousie University board of governors
in 1919 is also a first for Canadian women.
Born Val D'Or, Quebec May 21. 1957. Linda is a composer and
orchestra conductor was invited by
musical director Trevor Pinnock to become the 1st composer in
residence for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa ,
1992-1995. She introduced programs to encourage public involvement
at the NAC and made great strides in bringing contemporary classical
music to the attention of the audiences. Her first CD in 1998
Exquisite Fires: Music of Linda Bouchard was made with the NAC
Orchestre. In 1998 she was honoured as Composer of the year ,
Camseil Québécois de la musique .
Sources: Linda Bouchard web site
Women in Ottawa; Mentors and Milestones
http://womeninottawa.blogspot.com accessed June 2011.
Born Streetsville, Ontario 1884. Died October 5, 1951. A journalist,
feminist, and social reformer she was a determined individual who
wrote of votes for women, marriage and family structure. She was a
pacifist and resigned her position at the "Grain Growers Guide",
an influential Prairie magazine, over views on World War I.
Born Toronto, Ontario 1966.
Although at 5’10” she is the shortest in her family it
was never a drawback. It seems she was always on her bicycle. In 1987
she began Road Racing at the Toronto Cycling Club. In 1994 she
embraced Veledrome Racing and became a member of the National Cycling
Team. She has accumulated 13 National titles and 11 World Cup medals
during her career. She has also earned medal at the Commonwealth Games
in 1998 & 2002. She made her debut at the Olympics in 200. At the
Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 she became the firs Canadian to win a
gold medal in Cycling. Selected as the Canada’s Female Athelete of the
year in 2004 she was also the 2005 winner of the Lois E. Hole Lifetime
Achievement Award from the YWCA. After the 2004 Games she began her
own business called Pure Momentum which seeks to find and promote a
community of female speakers. She has published her own biography and
a documentary both called One Gear, No Breaks. Nomination and
Information submitted by Wayne Mackenzie.
Born 1919. She would publish as her first book her, University
of Western Ontario, masters thesis on Canadian Novelists 1920-1945.
In 1961 she became a member of the teaching faculty at York University
where she continued until her retirement in 1984. While teaching she
worked on several critical studies and biographical books of Canadian
writers. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and in 1989
she was awarded with the Northern Telecom Canadian Studies International
Award for distinguished Service.
Julien. Born 1928. This actress, singer, and songwriter studied drama
in Paris. She recorded
her first album in 1962. In 1968 she began to write words for her
songs. In 1970 she won the Grand Prix du Disque from France and in
1974 she received the Prix de Musique Callixa-Lavallée.
(née Browne) Born Dublin, Ireland 1794. Died October 24, 1872. She
married Thomas Alexander Stewart on December 16, 1816. When Thomas
lost his job with a bankrupt company the young couple decided to
emigrate to Canada with other family members. They left Ireland on
June 1, 1822 spending seven weeks aboard ship for the crossing to
Canada! A true pioneer to Upper Canada, she was a diarist and letter writer.
Her letters to home have left us with a rich insight into early
Canadian life of such of her friends as the Strickland family. Her
family published her writings after her death. Many of her personal
writings are stored in the Archives at Trent University ,
Crozier. Bon May 24,1948Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Lorna attended
the University of Saskatchewan for her BA and went on to the
University of Alberta to earn her Master's Degree in 1980. She began
her career as a teacher of English and a guidance counsellor. She
published her 1st poem, in Grain magazine. and taught
at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, the Saskatchewan Summer
School of the Arts and the Sechelt Summer Writing Festival. In 1983
she was the writer-in-residence at Cypress Hills Community College
and in 1989 at the Regina Public Library in Saskatchewan and
the University of Toronto. . A poet she has produced 15 collections of poetry.
in 1992 her work earned the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Canadian Author's Association Award for Poetry. She has won
the Gold Medal from the National Magazine Awards and the 1st prize
in the National CBC Literary Competition. Many of her works explore traditional myths and histories.
She has also published two works of Non-fiction. In 2009 she
published Small Beneath the Sky and was made a Fellow in the
Royal Society of Canada. and in 2012 she published The Book of
Marvels: a Compendium of Everyday Things.
In 2011 she was inducted as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
She has also been recognized by the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals, the Land Conservatory of British Columbia. She
has read her poetry on every continent save Antarctica!
née Bloom. Born
May 25, 1926.Toronto, Ontario. Died July 14, 2009 Toronto, Ontario . She attended
Victoria College for her B.A. in 1948 and she earned her M.A. in 1950 from
University College, University of Toronto. She married computer scientist
Calvin 'Kelly' Gotlieb (1921-2016). She was a prolific author
including six volumes of
poetry, five verse plays and several science fiction stories and 13 full novels
in the 1960's,1970’s and 1980’s. Her 1982 novel, A Judgement of Dragons
won the Prix Aurora Award for best novel in Science Fiction and
Fantasy. In 2001 the new Starburst Award,
given annually for speculative fiction in named in honor of her 1st
book, Sunburst published in 1964. She married a computer science
professor Calvin Gotlieb (1921-2016).
Jewish women’s Archive. Personal information for Phyllis Gotlieb
<http://jwa.org/archive/jsp/perinfor.jsp?personID=639 (Accessed June 2013) ;
The Canadian Encyclopedia online (Accessed March 2013)
Luiken. Born 1971. It was not until the summer between grades seven
and eight that she read Guide to Fiction writing and began to take
her writing seriously. She
began a regimen of writing regularly, one hour per day that grew to
three hours each evening. She pounded out eleven books in four years,
two are now in print. One is a great ghost story that may be borrowed
through your own library.
Born 1899. Died April 11, 1997. After her husband's death she took over his law practice.
She worked to have women recognized as possible appointees to government
positions. She was one of the early women senators and is credited
with pushing the government o revise the Criminal Code so women could
sit on juries in criminal cases. Women could now plead rape charges
with women on the jury!
née Anastasia Stratakis. Born May 26, 1938 Oshawa, Ontario. As she
entered her teens Teresa was performing Greek songs on the radio.
She attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and made her
professional opera debut in
at the Toronto Opera Festival when she was 20. In 1959 she was the
co-winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and
appeared that year at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, New
York, U.S.A. In 1961 she was appearing at the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, in England. Teresa began her singing career by singing
Greek pop songs. Her beautiful soprano voice has been
heard all over the world and she is
considered one of the foremost singing actors of the 20th century.
1972 She was inducted into the Order of Canada.
Canadian Music Council named her artist of the year in 1980.
She won Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording and for Best
Classical Album in 1981 and again in 1984. In 1987 she was given the
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress. In 2000 she earned the
Governor General's Performing Arts Award. In 2001 she was given a
Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. (2018)
Born May 26,1957 Quebec City, Quebec. Introduced
to the sport of archery by her schoolteachers she became a devoted
competitor. In 1972 she was the Canadian junior Champion in Outdoor
Field Archery followed in 1973 with winning the National Target
Outdoor Junior Championship. She won her 1st National Outdoor
Senior Championship in 1974 at just 17 years of age and successfully
defended her title in 1975 and 1980. In 1974 she became the
1st Canadian to win the World Field
she was the youngest world Champion in Archery up to this point in
time in time. Field archery means competitor face targets at unknown
distances on varied terrain. That same year she was top female
athlete in Quebec and winning the Elaine Tanner Award as Canada's
Junior Athlete of the Tear.
She also won the Canadian National Indoor championship in 1975 and
1976. In 1977 she was inducted into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame.
She won a spot on the Canadian team for the 1980 Olympics but Canada
boycotted the Moscow games.
Born May 27,
Ontario. Died December 25, 2017. In 1941 she earned her Master's degree in English language from the
University of Toronto. With the war storming over Europe she decided not to
continue her education as she would have liked and signed up with the
Royal Canadian Air Force. After the War she became known for her energetic and courageous editor
working as head of the editorial department at the University of Toronto
Press from 1957-1969. She was general editor to the mammoth project of
of Canadian Biography and at the same time Dean of the Faculty of
Library Science, University of Toronto from 1972-1978. She was awarded the Molson Prize in 1983 and
inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and promoted to a companion of
the Order of Canada in 1983 while she was serving as President of the Royal
Society of Canada. .
She received the University of Toronto Faculty Award in 1985 and the
University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography in 1986. She was
presented with the Governor General's Commemorative Medal for the 125th
anniversary of Confederation in 1992. She has also received 11 honorary
degrees from various Canadian universities including the University of
Guelph in 1969 when this librarian and web page writer remembers her
speaking at her graduation ceremony. In 2013 she decided to enter the
Sunnybrook Veterans Wing for long term care in Toronto.
(her birth name is sometimes reported as Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston)Born
Died January 29, 1989. She would
become known as the “Funniest woman in the world.” She has a sweet
voice and when singing she would add jokes between her songs until
she was better known for the jokes than her music.
She won a Tony in 1953,.
She married Sir Robert Peel and became Lady Peel in 1920 and
it was her career that gave her strength to continue after his death
(1934- ) ,
Emilie (1934-1954), Yvonne
(1934-2001) , Cécile
(1934- ), and Marie
all share the same birthday May 28,
1934 in Corbeil,
were the only known-surviving quintuplets in the world at the time
of their birth. While
they were young they were wards of the provincial government of Ontario
and their life in their nursery had special viewing areas for the
public who flocked to see these little miracles.
Most of their youth they were exploited.
They were even taken to Hollywood
where they would do commercials for products. In 1965 the remaining
four sisters published their story in the book We Were Five. Three
of the sisters would marry but their marriages did not survive and
they returned to living with one another in Montreal.
Johnston. Born May 28, 1947 Collingwood, Ontario. Lynn
grew up in North Vancouver British Columbia and studied at the
Vancouver School of art, now the Emily Carr University of Art and
Design. In 1969 she married and the couple relocated back to Ontario
where she worked as a medical artist at the McMaster University,
Hamilton, Ontario. Pregnant with her 1st child she presented
her obstetrician with drawings which he could place on his otherwise
boring ceiling. These drawings were the bas of her 1st boo, David
We're Pregnant in 1973. After her divorce she published Hi Mom! Hi
Dad! in 1975. She then married dentist Rod Johnston and the family
relocated to the remote community of Lynn Lake, Manitoba. When she
submitted panels for a comic strip to the Universal Press Syndicate
she was offered a 20 year contract. For Better For Worse was a
Canadian hit and was carried by about 2000 newspapers
The storyline and the characters lead real lives
with friends admitting to being gay and the family dog dies after
rescuing a child. Lynn continued to work from her home in Corbeil, Northern
Ontario. She became the first woman to win the Reuben Award for outstanding
cartoonist of the year in 1985 from the national Cartoonist Society
In 1987 she earned a Gemini Award for Best Cartoon Series and
in 1988 she became the 1st woman to be president of
the Cartoonist Society.
In 1991 she received the National
Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award.
She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1992 and nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for the story o Lawrence's coming out.
in 2001 she was the winner of the Comic of the Year, Editor and
Publisher. In 2003 she was honoured with a Star on Canada's Walk of
In 2007 she was inducted into the Order
of Manitoba and she and her husband became separated. In 2008 she
was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame and the
National Cartoon Museum Hall of Fame. In 2015 she relocated back to
North Vancouver. The Library and Archives Canada holds a large
collection of her original works. Now semi retired she continues her
comic strip in newspapers using a mixture of new and older stories.
Born May 29,1895 Guelph, Ontario. Died January 7,1985. Esther earned
her BA at the University of Alberta in 1916.
In 1920 this Canadian architect was
the 1st woman to enter into and graduate from this profession.
This was the era of women's suffrage and it was a tough time for women
in male dominated professions. She encountered considerable discrimination
both during her studies and while attempting to work as a professional
architect. She had problems finding a job and her application to be
a registered architect was denied and only accepted after legislative
changes forced acceptance. In 1922 she took classes in Urban
Planning at the University of Toronto and then studied at Columbia
University, New York City, U.S.A.
In 1925 she was accepted into
the Alberta Association of Architects becoming the 1st Canadian
woman to be a registered architect. She survived the depression years
with her own resourceful talents by selling handmade gloves and handmade
greeting cards. In 1936 she relocated to Victoria, British
Columbia. In 1942 she won 1st prize for her weaving at the
Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. After World War ll she
opened her own architectural firm. In 1953 she joined the
Architectural Institute of British Columbia and worked on city
planning until to 1958. She would go on to become a prolific and valued
member of her chosen profession. She retired in 1963.
Lee. née Kilmonis. Born May 30,1936 Montreal, Quebec. In
1948 she moved to Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. where she studied
at Hollywood High School and Los Angeles City College and the
University of California. Her 1st TV appearance was as a guest on
the George Burns and Gracie Allen show and then the Roy Rogers Show.
This actress began her career in films in 1954 in
Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers. She has
mainly appeared in lesser-known films such as
Women from Beverly Hills. She also continued to appear in
numerous TV shows and was popular on TV western and TV detective
shows. She made regular appearances on Game shows such as
Hollywood Squares. In 1974 she hosted the show High Rollers
for two years. In 1976 she married Webster B. 'Webb' Lowe Jr., a
restaurant executive. During the 1980's she did voice for
cartoon shows such as the Flintstones and the Smurfs.
Turning to the live stage she performed extensively in such
musicals as Peter Pan. In the 1990's she once again did numerous
guest appearances on TV .In 1995 a Golden Palm Star was placed for
her on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. In 2002 she earned a
Golden Boot Award for her work on western TV shows. In 2006 she
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the 2000's she
once again took to stage work. On August 24 she was inducted into
the National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame.
Sophie / Sophia Margaretta / Margaret Almon Hensley.
née Almon. Born Bridgetown,
Nova Scotia 1866.Died February 10, 1946 Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Sophia was educated at home and then travelled abroad to England and
France for additional studies. This author and lecturer
wrote of her interest in women’s issues and social tolerance. She wrote periodical articles which appeared in The Week,
The King's College Record, the Dominion Illustrated Monthly and The
Current. Her 1st collection of poems appeared in April 1889 and
was simply titled, Poems. On April 25, 1889 she married
a barrister, Hubert Arthur Hensley. and in 1890 the couple settled
in New York City, U.S.A. The couple had three children. In 1895 she
published her second volume of poems, A Woman's Love Letters. She
lectured on literary topics, went on to write a novelette and
a musical play the was done in collaboration with her husband and
three more collections of poems. . She not only wrote under
her own name but also used the pen name of Gordon Hart, J. Try Davies, and Almon
Hensley. As Almond Hensley she served as secretary for the New York
State Assembly of Mothers and was co-founder and vice-president of
the New York City Mother's Club and founding president of the
Society for the Study of Life,. She was a member of the New York
Press Club and served as associate editor of the magazine;
Health; a Home Magazine Dedicated to Physical Culture and Hygiene.
She maintained a summer home in Nova Scotia and in 1937
relocated to the channel island of Jersey, where she was forced to
leave during the 1940 invasion by the Nazis. She then returned home
to Windsor, Nova Scotia.
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