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(Marie-Louise-Cecile-Emma Lajeunesse). Born
November 1, 1847 Chambly, Canada East (Quebec). Died April 3, 1930.
She became a world
famous soprano opera singer performing on stages across Europe and
throughout North America. In 1852 the family moved to Plattsburgh, New
York. U.S.A. where she gained musical instruction. On August 24 1860 she
was a soloist in the world premiere of Charles Wugk Sabatier's Cantata
in Montréal, to honour the visit of the Prince of Wales. She became a
popular singer at her home in Albany New York by 1865. By 1868 she
travelled to Paris to continued her musical studies. In Italy she took
the name Emma Albani and on March 30, 1870 she made her operatic debut.
She rise to stardom was swift and she was soon performing in England as
well. By 1874 she was touring the U.S.A. She married Ernest Gye (died
1925) on August 6, 1878. The couple would have one son. By 1880 she was
once again touring in Europe and England. She made her Canadian
Operatic debut on February 13, 1883. Her final season of tours was
in 1896. By the 1920's the couple were financial strapped and Dame Emma
gave musical lessons to earn an income.
She became the 1st Canadian born artist
to distinguish herself in the international world of opera and concert
Note: Some authors place her birth in 1848 or 1850.
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Born November 1, 1928 Drummondville, Quebec. As
a child she lived with her maternal grandmother in
Saint-Francois-du-lac. In 1935 she moved with her family to
Saint-Majorique -de-Grantham. but life was difficult with she and
her siblings experiencing prejudices because of their Abenaki First
Nations Heritage. She preferred solitude and loved to draw. When the
family relocated to Montreal she was required to take care of her
siblings while her parents worked. In 1946 she worked at a factory
and a restaurant cashier to earn money to leave home to live with
her boyfriend. The couple had one son who would be raised by his
maternal grandmother. At 19 she enrolled in the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts. By 1951 she was embracing abstract art and exhibited her
works with the famed group called Les Automatists.
Originally this painter and printmaker was interested in simple
shapes but as she matured her work became more austere, with large
geometric forms. She is known for large interior and exterior murals. In 2005
she was inducted into the Order of Canada. In 2010 she won the
Governor Generals Award and in 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth
ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was still exhibiting her works in
(Kathryn Dawn) Born November 2, 1961 Consort, Alberta. This country singer
has real country roots. She grew up in Consort, Alberta, which
has a population of 700. In 1981 she became a vegetarian. In
1985 she won her 1st Juno as Most Promising Female Vocalist of the
year followed in 1987 with a Juno as Country Female Vocalist of the
has been very outspoken against cattlemen . Her natural joy of country
music is evident in the songs she sings. In June 1992 she 'came out'
as a lesbian. In 1995 she was awarded the International Solo
Artist Award. This multiple Grammy winner
is considered an innovator in her field, she performs from the heart
and is an inspiration to all. In 2005 she received the National Art
Centre Award and that same year she won her 6th Juno this time for
Artist of the year. In 2008 she received a star on Canada's
Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. In 2011 she was inducted to the Q
Hall of Fame Canada in recognition of the work she has done to
further equality for all peoples around the world. In 2014 she made
her Broadway debut as a 'Special Guest Star' in After Midnight.
She has also appeared in movies and numerous television programs
over the years.
Born November 2, 1974 Belfast, Northern Ireland.
She began performing in 1980, at the age of 6, when her family moved
to the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario. The child performer really
took to the stage and has loved it ever since. Her song “Girl Out
of the Ordinary” was #1 in Country Music by a Country Artist in
1998 Rising Star, Female Vocalist, Group or Duo Single from the
Ontario Country Music Association. . She had produced several
albums, a couple of successful Christmas albums and a partnership
with David Foster on the female trio, Lace. She is highly recognized
as a song writer have written songs for Celine Dion and others. In
2016 she song Chariots of Fire was used in the U.S.A. presidential
campaign. She has performed for the G8 World Leaders, for the
military in Afghanistan, the Royal Family and the G20 Canadian Women
of Distinction luncheon. As well as her singing career Beverley has
been a celebrity model,,, appeared in movies and numerous TV shows
including a year with City TV's Breakfast Television. She has been
spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign for Cancer Research and in
2016 she celebrated her 20th year with Saskatchewan's CTV
Telemiracke and Canada's Food Banks. Her humanitarian efforts have
garnered her the 2-14 Sleight Music Humanitarian Award.
née Wagar. Born November 2, 1938, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Dorothy
decided to join her husband and try the sport of archery in North
Vancouver in 1962. By 1965 she earned the right to participate
in the World Archery . At the 1969 World Archery target event in
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, U.S. A. she became the 1st Canadian to
win a world championship in the sport. She earned the gold medal by
breaking the existing top score from 1963 by 100 points. She also
held the top female Canadian archery title from 1969 through 1971.
In 1969 she was the Athelete of the Year for British Columbia. In
1970 she was elected to the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame. In 1972 she
was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame. She is
also a member of the British Columbia Sport hall of Fame. She
retired from the active competition in 1975 to work with her husband
in the family archery manufacturing business. The annual Canadian
Women's Archery Female Athlete of the Years in names in her honour.
While Dorothy may not have exhibited the best textbook style of
shooting a bow she had the consistency of form to be an archery
née Irse. Born November 3, 1925 Liverpool, England. Died
March 7, 2003. She and her family moved often living in Egypt,
Scotland, England and Zimbabwe (Africa). Monica attended Edinburgh
University in Scotland. Her studies were interrupted by World War ll
when she joined the Women's Royal Nave Service from 1943 through
1946.as a decoder. After the war she returned to school. She
married Glen Hughes on April 22, 1957 and the couple had 4 children.
She worked out of the home as a clothing designer and later as a
bank clerk and a laboratory technician. This author of
children's and young adults science fiction works, between 1980 and 1984 won
7 major Canadian awards for literature! In her lifetime she would
publish some 35 books for young people. She is best known for the Isis trilogy of young adult science
fiction. Her boo The Keeper of the Isis Light won the 2000 Phoenix
Award from the Children's Literature Association and Invitation to
the Game in 1990 won the Hal Clement Award as the Year's Best
Science Fiction novel for young adults. Her works have also garnered
the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Alberta Culture Juvenile Novel Award,
the Bay's Beaver Award and the Alberta R. Ross Annett Award. In 2002 she became a member of the Order
Born Born November 3, 1896 St John, New Brunswick.
Died August 20, 1990. Madeleine graduated with her Bachelor of Arts
degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. A summer job
inspired her to return to university to earn a geology degree from
the University of Toronto in 1923 earning both a Masters degree and
then a PhD in 1926. . She is the 1st woman
in Canada to receive that level of studies in geology. She
pursued a career as a paleontologist, she would rise to associate
director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Paleontology.
For many years she was a geology professor at the University
of Toronto. She was only the 2nd woman in Canada to be elected
to the Royal Society of Canada. She has written numerous substantial
articles for scholarly journals. In 1967 she received the Canadian
Centennial Medal. Her scientific studies of the Toronto
Area stand as definite works.
Katherine 'Kate' Reid.
Born November 4, 1930 London, England. Died
March 27, 1993 Stratford, Ontario. As a child she immigrated with
her family to Canada settling in Oakville, Ontario. After high
school she attended University in London and the studied acting at a
performance art school in Canada. This warm and vulnerable
performer thrived while working live theatre.
She is well known for her role as Lady MacBeth in Macbeth and
Katharina in the Taming of the Shrew and Martha in Who's
Afraid of Virginia Wolfe on stage. She has also appeared in some
50 movies from the 1960's through the 1980's. did numerous television productions. She was nominated for Tony and
Emmy Awards and holds many Canadian awards including an A C T R A.
In 1974 she was inducted as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Born November 4, 1862 Scotia, Lake Erie, Canada West. (now Ontario)
Some sources say 1872) Died August 19, 1934 Chatham, Ontario. .
after high school she married Bassett Blewett in 1879 the same year
she published her 1st novel Out of the Depths. Her poem
Spring won her $600.0 from the Chicago Times Herald, Chicago,
Illinois, U.S.A. She contributed articles
to the Toronto Globe newspaper before joining the staff at that newspaper
where she became editor of the homemaker's department in 1898.
She went on to publish several volumes of poetry in 1897, 1906 and 1922.
She retired from journalism and writing in 1925. She wrote a
booklet, Heart Stories to benefit World War l charities. She was a
welcome lecturer on topics such as temperance and suffrage. She
often used the name Katherine Kent for some of her works. She
retired from the Globe in 1925 due to ill health and lived with her
daughter in Lethbridge, Alberta for a couple of years before
relocating back to Toronto in 1927.
née Edwards. Born November 6, 1831 Ahmadnagar, India. Died January
19, 1915 Montreal, Quebec. Anna seems to have attempted to alter the
facts of her early life. She claimed that she had been born in
Caernarvon, Wales, United Kingdom in 1834 the daughter of Captain
Thomas Crawford. She also claimed to have married Major Leonowens in
1851. It is believed that she wished to hide her low birth and
perhaps her mixed racial origin. She actually married Thomas Leon
Owens on Christmas Day 1849 and the couple had four children.
Widowed in 1859 and in order to support her family she opened a
school for children of British officers in Singapore but the school
was not successful. In 1862 she became governess to the 67 children
of the King of Siam (now Thailand). By 1868 she was in the United
States where she opened a school for kindergarten teachers in New
York City. In 1870 she produced a series of articles for the
Atlantic Monthly magazine about her life in Siam which soon was a
book published under the title of the English Governess at the
In 1873 she published a second popular
novel. In 1878 she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia with her daughter
Avis and her son-in-law while still returning to the United Stages
as a lecturer. In 1881 she went to Russia after the assassination of
Emperor Alexander ll and was proclaimed the 1st foreign woman to
have travelled in that country un escorted. She turned her attention
to her grandchildren but still found time to produce books in 1884
and 1889. She became involved with her home community and raised
funds for the Victoria Schools of Art and Design. The modern schools
of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design contains the Anna Leonowens
Gallery in her memory. She spent 5 years in Germany with daughter
Avis and the grandchildren returning to Halifax in 1893. She played
an prominent role in the Halifax Council of Women and participaed in
the early feminist movement of the city. She and her family
relocated to Montreal in 1897 where after the death of her daughter
she took care of the family. In 1944 author Margaret Dorothea Landon
penned the book Anna and the King of Siam which was picked up by
Rogers and Hammerstein for the Broadway play The King and I followed
by the movie favourite by the same name.
Born November 5, 1950 Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was taught to shoot by
her father when she was 17 and by 19 she defeated 1300 men at an international
shoot in Nevada! Her mother Marie is her coach. She attended the
University of Alberta and earned a Bachelors in Physical Education
in 1972 followed by a Masters dergree in 1974.She would continue to
earn a PhD in 1987. In the 1976 Olympics in Montreal she was the only
woman entered in the trap shooting event. In 1981 she won
the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian Athlete of the Year and became an
Officer of the Order of Canada. In the 1990 Commonwealth
Games she became the 1st woman to be entered in a shotgun event.
That same year she received the Great Canadian Award. She has set 4 world records and has been World Champion on 7 occasions.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games she won two silver in double trap
pairs (where two clay saucers are thrown simultaneously) and women's
trap pairs and a bronze medal in women's trap. She has been the
Shooting Federation of Canada's Female Athelete of the year eight
times from 1993 through 2009. Susan owns and heads the Puget Sound
Osteoporosis Center where she studies the effects of aging in bones
on active sportswomen over 40 years of age. the 2012 Olympics Games
were the 6th Games in which she has competed. She sits on the Board
of Directors, Sections Chairs of the Shooting Federation of Canada.
She has been the winner of a Canadian championship for 43
years! She is a member of the University of Alberta's Wall of
Fame, Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, Alberta Hall of Fame, the
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Born November 6, 1939 Lethbridge, Alberta.
She studied for a B.A. in Alberta and took her degree in journalism
from Carleton University in 1961. While at Carleton she
met Michael 'Mike' Gillian (1938-2002) and the pair became soul
mates. The couple had four children. After working as a journalist
in the Parliamentary Press Gallery she became Legislative Assistant
to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000) for 14 years. She also
served at various positions in the Liberal Party of Canada. She was appointed to the Senate
of Canada in 1984. She is very proud to have been inducted into the
Kainai Chieftainship of the Blood Nation and given the name of Morning
Bird Woman. In 1993 she was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada
and was the 1st woman to be named Leader of the Government in the
Senate also serving as a Cabinet Minister with Special Responsibility for Literacy. Sadly
in August 2012 she began indefinite sick leave from the senate due
to the onset of Alzheimer's disease. She officially resigned leaving
the Senate January 18, 2013. In 2015 she was inducted as a Member of
the Order of Canada.
née Brown. Born November 7, 1936 Dutton, Ontario. Audrey became the
1st woman in her family to earn a BA graduating from the
University of Western Ontario. She earned her degree by
correspondence from a mink farm that she and her husband ran north
of London. The Couple have 2 children. She taught at a private
college in Ghana, West Africa from 1964 through 1967 returning home
to attend graduate studies in Social work at the University of
Toronto. After graduating with her MA she worked for the
Metropolitan Toronto Children’s Aid Society. She divorced in 1972
and remained in the work force and by 1975 she was the executive
director of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Moving to
Whitehorse in 1979 she worked as a business consultant and
supervisor of social services. She ran and won a by election in 1987
and became the 1st New Democratic Party MP elected in the
Yukon. She was the 1st woman chair of the Parliamentary
caucus of any federal party in Canada in 1988. On December 2, 1989
she was chosen leader of the NDP, becoming the 1st woman in Canadian history to lead a federal
The 1993 federal election saw a reduction of
support for the NDP and the following year she stepped down as party
leader but remained in parliament to represent the people of the
Yukon until 1997. In 1992 she published her autobiography, A
woman’s Place. In 1996 she was elected president of Socialist
an organization which promotes activities amongst various women's
socialist and labour party organizations. Her efforts toward social
justice saw her inducted into the Order of Canada in 2004.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed 2005);
Audrey McLaughlin, Political Heros Online, (Accessed 2009)
(real name Roberta
Joan Anderson). Born
November 7, 1943 Fort Macleod, Alberta. Joni began her singing
career in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan and then moved east to the busking on the streets of
Toronto, Ontario. By 1965 she was living in the U.S.A. and began
touring and introducing some of her own songs. Her songs were
covered by folk singers and she cut her debut album in 1968.
Moving to Southern California her works such as Big Yellow Taxi
and Woodstock helped define an era of folk music. Her
1971 album Blue made the list of 500 Greatest Albums of All
Time produced by Rolling Stone magazine. A pop singer who is famous for her folk
songs of the 1960’s with The Circle Game an Both Sides Now. She switched
to jazz and in 1969 when her album Clouds won a Grammy Award.
She retired from touring and released her 17th album of original
songs in 2007. During her career she earned eight competitive and
one honorary Grammy Awards, receiving the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2002.
She became a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in
1981. and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
In 1996 she was presented with Canada's highest honour in the
performing arts, The Governor General's Performing Arts Award. In
2000 Joni received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto,
Ontario followed in 2002 she was inducted as a Companion of the
Order of Canada. By 2007 she had been inducted into the Canadian
Songwriters Hall of Fame and in June of that year Canada Post
featured her on a postage stamp. In 2008 Rolling Stone once
again listed her this time as one of the 100 greatest singers.
To celebrate Mitchell's 70th birthday, the 2013
Festival in Toronto held a set of tribute concerts entitled Joni: A
Portrait in Song – A Birthday Happening Live at
Hall in Toronto, Ontario on June 18 and 19 2013.
In 2015 she was the recipient of the San Francisco Jazz Lifetime
Achievement Award and at the same time Rolling Stone listed
her as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of all time!
Born November 8,
1945 Haltern, Germany.
Luba's family immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Ottawa,
Ontario. This petite (she is only 1.5 meters tall) comedienne graduated from Montreal's National Theatre School.
She began her acting career on stage at the Stratford Theatre in
Ontario. In the 1980's she was featured in an education series of TV
shows on computers called Bits and Bites which aired throughout
north America on Public Television stations. She went on and worked on such
shows as Bizarre and did some of the voices in Care Bear
features. She became a welcome addition to Air Farce where
she is known for her impersonations of Sheila Copps, Pamela Wallin,
Hanna Gartner, Queen Elizabeth, Kim Campbell, and even Donald
Duck. . As part of the Air Farce tem she has won 15 ACTRA
Awards, a Juno, the Maclean's Honour roll and was one of the 1st
Canadians inducted into the International Humour Hall of Fame. In
1996 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Women in
Film and Television Air Farce won in 1998 the Governor
General's Award for Performing Arts. for Lifetime Artistic
Achievement. She speaks Ukrainian fluently and has been featured in
Ukrainian films. In May 2012 she debuted he one-person show
LUBA, Simply Luba at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto,
Ontario. She does not like to publish
the year of her birth.
(real name Leila Marie Koeber) Born November 9,
Ontario. Died July 28, 1934. Marie made it
to Broadway in 1892 and became a vaudeville star comedienne headliner
shortly after 1900. She stared in films with such top actors as
Charlie Chaplin . She easily made the move to ‘talkies’ .when many top
silent film heroines did not survive. More homely than beautiful
she was also an over-weight woman. This was an unlikely star material.
However, she was talented and she won the Academy Award in 1930. She
became the first woman to ever appear on the cover of Time
There is some dispute as to her true birth date with various sources
using 1868, 1869 and her grave using 1871.
Born November 9, 1921 Montreal, Quebec. Died July 10, 2011
Victoria, British Columbia . A famous soprano singer born
in Montreal she was Winner of the Prix de Musique Calixa-Lavallée
among many awards. She married Leopold Simoneau (d 2006) and the
couple had two daughters. She was inducted as an Officer of the
Order of Canada in 1967 and became a Companion of the Order of
Canada in 1995.She founded with
her husband the Canada Opera Piccola in
British Columbia in 1982.
In 1997 she became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. She not
only ang at the famous Metropolitan Opera, New York City, New York
U.S.A. but performed at opera houses across North America and
Europe..After retiring from singing,
Alarie became active as a teacher, she taught 1st at the Ecole
Vincent d'Indy in Montréal and later at the
Centre in Alberta. In 2003 she received a Governor
General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Milano. Born November 9, 1969 Nobelton, Ontario. Before entering the Drama program
at Humber College she worked on stage at Canada’s Wonderland theme
park located just outside of Toronto, Ontario.
On June 25, 1994 she married Fabio D'agostino and the couple have one
child. She has appeared mainly on Television and maybe best known
for work as Francesca on the TV series Due South for which she was nominated twice for Gemini
Awards in 1997 an 1998.
She has appeared in roles in addition TV series as well as
commercials for various Canadian companies. Ramona has co-hosted
Living Romance on the W Television network. She has also enjoyed
appearing on state in Sudbury, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario and
Born November 10, 1823 Westbury, Lower Canada (Quebec).
Died November 5, 1898. She
was an educator, administrator and a poet. She occupied several positions
in various schools. As preceptors at Wesleyan Academy in Mount Allison,
Sackville, New Brunswick she held the highest office in a school open
to a woman. She would also serve as Ladies Principal of the
Ladies College in Whitby, Ontario.
She was an effective and determined advocate of academic education
Born November 10, 1875 Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Died
October 15, 1960 Hollywood, California. . she embarked on her
acting career after the death of her father in 1901 as he would not
have approved of such a profession for his daughter. She began her acting career on stage
in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. and by 1914
she had made her Broadway debut in the play A pair of Sixes. In
1905 she married Eugene J. Hall and the couple had one daughter. She switched to a movie
career in 1930 appearing in the move ”The
Bat Whispers”. She
would, in her career, over the next 21 years appear in more
than 100 movies. She
retired from acting in 1951.
Born November 10,1922 Montreal, Quebec. Died January 20, 2016
Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, United Kingdom. A novelist she produced
ten lively novels about women at various stages of life who
struggled to live freely trying to discover who they really were
once they had thrown off restraints of husbands, fathers and society
itself. . She had married Christopher Pressnell. The Book of
Eve published in 1973 in several countries was adapted to a stage plan and was produced at the Stratford
Festival in 1976-77. The main character in the book Eva is one of
the best lover characters in Canadian literature. In 2002 a film
version of the book altered the main flavour of the book and made
Eva of Romanian descent rather then a Czech immigrant. Two addition
works, A Population of One and The Marriage Bed were
made into films by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Born November 10, 1938
Her family 1st settled in England prior to Vera find her way to
Canada. Vera holds a degree in Fine Arts from McGill University,
Montreal. Since the early 1970's she has shown her works in group
and solo exhibitions. including exhibitions at the National Gallery
of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario, the
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, U.S.A. and the Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. She
is recognized internationally for her artistic prints and sculptures.
Since 1974 she has experimented with video as an artistic medium
writing and producing notable works. She is an innovative teacher
and has published her poetry illustrated with her own artwork. In
1989 she received the Canada Council Molson Prize and in 1993 the
Gershon Iskowitz Prize. This was followed in 1994 with the Toronto
Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award. That same year she co-authored
Vera-Frenkel: From the Transit Bar =--du transitbar. In
2005 she earned the Governor General's Awards in Visual Media Arts.
In 2007 she received the iDMAa Pioneering Achievement Award.
Jackson. Born November 11, 1879 Kent, England. Died February 3, 1968
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. . She immigrated to Canada in 1909
and settled with her father and brother in Saskatchewan. in May 1910
she married a neighboring homesteader, John McNaughton. In 1911 she
had an operation that resulted in her not being able to have
children. She resolved to to work to make the world a better place
for Children. She forced the formation
of the women’s section of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association
and lead the campaign for trained midwives as well as more nursed
doctors, and hospitals. Her campaign let to led to provincial
legislation in 1916 allowing for the establishment of hospitals,
municipal nurses and doctors. She sparked the formation of the Saskatchewan Equal Franchise League.
In 1919 she became president of the Interprovincial Council of Farm
Women helping to organize farm
women's groups in several other provinces. From 1919 to 1923 she
headed the the Women's Section of the Canadian Council of
Agriculture. She helped organize and maintain the Wheat Pools, the
Saskatchewan Egg and Poultry and the Western Producer
magazine where she was women's editor in 1925. Her articles were
read across the country. She also promoted Homemakers' Clubs and
Women's Institutes. She retired as an editor in 1950 but continued
to write her column in the Western Producer until 1959. As a journalist
she wrote the women’s column in the “Western
Born November 11,1907 Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died January 1, 1999. Her family was
originally from Quebec and when she was just 11 in 1918 her family
returned to Canada.Alice studied nursing at the Hôpital
St-Vincent de Paul, Sherbrooke graduating in 1931. By 1939 she had
earned a diploma in public hygiene at the University of Toronto and
went on to earn her baccalaureate in nursing sciences at the
University of Washington and obtained her masters in education from
Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A. in 1944. As a public
health nurse she would develop into a leading nursing educator. She
was a founder of the faculty of nursing sciences at the University
of Montreal in 1962 and served as Dean
of the Faculty of Nursing through to 1973. She was the
1st Canadian woman dean at a French language university.
the 1st Canadian president of the
of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland 1965-1969. She also
served as president of the Canadian Nurses Association.
In 1967 she received the Canadian Centennial Medal and
the Florence Nightingale Medal from the Red Cross. She served as
president of the national Victoria of Nurses 1975-1977. In
1977 she was inducted as a commander of the Order of St John. In
1980 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Lazarus.
In 1994 she became a Chevalier of the National Order of
Quebec. In 1995 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Born November 11,1935 Vancouver, British Columbia. Died January 14,
1998 Kelowna, British Columbia. Kathleen joined the National Film Board in 1956 as an editor
and by 1962 had 115 films to her credit. She became a film editor
and executive producer for the National Film Board of Canada using
film to examine the role of women in society.
November 12, 1925 Baillie Island, Northwest Territories.
Died May 5, 2001. This Inuit artist is known for her energetic
and colourful representations of native myths and legends.
She was the first Inuit to receive an honorary degree from a university
in Canada. You can see her work in the book she illustrated
Tales From the Igloo, a book of Inuit stories.
Barbara Jean McDougall.
Born November 12, 1937Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from the University
of Toronto she became an investment manager. She expanded her
career to include being a business journalist in print and television.
In 1984 her interest in politics led to her being elected to the Federal
Parliament. She served as Minister of State for Finance and
Minister of State for Privatization, a portfolio which was expanded
to include women's issues and regulatory affairs. In 1988 she
was appointed Minister of Employment and Immigration and in 1991 she
moved to Secretary of State for External Affairs. In 1993 she
returned to private business.
Born November 13, 1961 Winnipeg, Manitoba. She enjoyed music as a child
and studied music and theatre at the Banff School of Fine Art and
after making her opera debut in 1982 transferred to the schools opera
program. She launched her career at the San Francisco Opera, made
her European debut in 1987and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in
1991. She has made several recordings.
Born November 13, 1958. This Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario resident has been a member
of the Canadian Cycling Team since 1993. In 1997 she was named
the Canadian Female Road Cyclist of the year and Velo News
named her the North American Female Cyclist of the Year. In 1998 she
placed the in the top ten finalists in all events she entered,
including three 1st places.
née Emond. Born November 14, 1930 Montreal, Quebec. This actress who now heads up the
national Theatre School has acted the classics but also retained an
active interest in new works of our writers and directors.
She has won the Palm d’Or for best actress at the world famous
Cannes film festival. In 1992 she won a Genie for best supporting
actress in “Naked Lunch”. She is
an Officer in the Order of Canada.
the age of 19 she had won a bonze medal in the double rowing event
at the Los Angeles Olympics. She would be in the hearts of many
Canadians, when she suffered a severe leg injury in a rowing
accident while practicing for the 1992 Olympics. With little
time remaining until her event, she trained with a special brace on
her leg and, with the perseverance of a real winner, she went
on to win the bronze medal in singles rowing in the 1992 Barcelona
Olympics! She was Canada's Female athlete of the year in 1991 and
1992 and she was also declared Canada's Outstanding Athlete in 1991.
She retired shortly after winning a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.
She works as a promotional speaker to help people overcome obstacles
in their lives. She is also a devoted mother.
(née Early). Born
November 15, 1840 Saint John, New Brunswick. Died March 24, 1880.
Her early stories were published in New York and Boston while
she was still in school! She enjoyed writing romance and mystery novels
but as was the fashion of the time her novels would appear as serials
(chapter by chapter in newspapers) before being published as full
books. Her serials were published in New York and London, England!
Mersi Kelesi. Born
November 15, 1969 Victoria,
British Columbia. This tennis player had a form that was so flamboyant
on the courts that she was known as "Hurricane Helen". She
was chosen as Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1990. She
began to suffer from headaches and blackouts and was diagnosed with
a brain tumor. She survived several operations and returned to her
sport as a coach with Tennis Canada. She is also a "Colour
News Commentator" for many major tennis events. She is also a
motivational speaker for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.
Born November 16, 1934 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Although trained in
classical ballet, Rachel became one of the most important figures
in Canadian modern dance. She created Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.
Krall . Born
November 16, 1964 Nanaimo, British Columbia. One of the world's greatest jazz
performers she began to study piano when she was 4 years old.
Performing in a local restaurant at 15, she was soon studying on
scholarship in Boston, U.S.A. She continued her studies/career in LA
playing with the great jazz performers of the era. Back in Toronto she
released her first album in 1993. Her albums released in 1998 and 1999
won Grammy Awards. Her albums have turned double platinum in Canada,
platinum in Portugal, New Zealand, and Poland and turned gold in
France, Singapore and England. She has won several of Canada's Juno
Awards for her music and in 200 she received the Order of British
Columbia. In the spring of 2004 she received her own star on Canada's
Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Born November 17,1942. In 1950 the
brother and sister pair of Otto and Maria Jelinek decided to figure
skate seriously. In 1962 they won the World’s Pairs figure skating
title. In 1955 they
won the Canadian Pairs title and came second at the senior level in
1956-57-58 and 1960. In 1961 and 62 they were Canadian Champions and
were silver medalists at the worlds.
Born November 17, 1946 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
At the age of 15 she became the 1st Canadian to
complete the triple salchow jump in competition. .1965 she won the
Canadian, North American and world championships and was the Canadian
athlete of the year.
Born November 18, 1939 Ottawa, Ontario. "Peggy" is a poet, novelist,
editor and critic is one of Canada's major contemporary authors. She
has written novels, television scripts, short stories, children's
books many of which have won awards locally, nationally and internationally.
Her works have won the Governor General's Award for Literature, the
Giller Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize just to name a few! She
has also edited such monumental tomes as the Oxford Book of Canadian
Poetry. She has an active interest in Amnesty International. Recognition
of her career have been way to numerous to list in one paragraph.
The variety of awards runs from MS Magazine Woman of the Year 1986
to being a Companion in the Order of Canada. Check out the online
edition for the Canadian Encyclopedia for complete listings of her
works and her awards.
(née Marjorie Chandler) Born November 18, 1926 Windsor, Ontario. Died July 21,
1994. This singer had the nick name of "Lucky Strike Girl"
after the cigarette sponsor of a TV show on which she sang. She appeared
on the Canadian television show Your Hit Parade (1950-1957).
She also had her own record label in the 1950's.She worked on setting
up gags on the show Candid Camera. In 1971 she appeared in
a Broadway musical and continued her singing by presenting jazz in
née Mrazik. Born
November 19,1939 Montreal, Quebec. Died 1985. An illustrator and author, Elizabeth
was most concerned with myths and legends. She obtained several awards
for her works including the Frances Howard-Gibbon Award in 1978 and
the International Board on Books for Young People's Hans Christian
Andersen award in 1882. Maybe you have seen her work “The Loon’s
Necklace” or the “The Enchanted Caribou” which is an Inuit
legend illustrated with shadow puppets?
November 20, 1933. This sculptor has had showings of her works in Toronto,
Los Angeles, Milan (Italy) and Japan. One of her sculptures was chosen
to be installed in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She opened
and maintained her own foundry for 14 years. Her works have been recognized
with awards from the Sculptor's Society of Canada and she was the
YMCA Woman of Distinction in 1992. A supporter of the feminist movement
she has contributed articles on art and feminists. She is a founding
member of the Toronto New Feminists and is a passionate speaker on
this subject as well as the subject of art history. While she may
be best known for her rather large cast art works she also had created
some limited edition jewelry.
November 20,1958. This writer has many screenwriting credits with the National
Film Board of Canada and CBC TV. She has written for the TV program
"North of 60" and has some 20 produced stage works
to her credit. In 1994-5 she was the playwright in residence at the
National Theatre School of Canada.
Harris. née Irwin. Born
November 21, 1907 Newark, New Jersey U.S.A. Died 2002. This author soon found her true talent
in writing children's' books. Often her stories are told in a Native
setting, teaching the need and respect for balance of nature.
She has been awarded the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians
book of the year award for "Raven's Cry" in 1966
and "Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses"
in 1976. The "Trouble with Princesses" in
1980 won the Canada Council's Children's Literature Prize. In
2002 she was awarded the Mr. Christie's Book Award. There is even
a Canadian juvenile literature book award named after her called the
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize. She is a Member
of the Order of Canada.
Born November 22, 1933. Brought up in an orphanage in Hamilton, Ontario she reigned
as Canada’s champion diver from 1951-1961. She won medals at the 1954
and 1958 Commonwealth Games and in 1956 she won Canada’s first Olympic
diving medal, a bronze. She became a dedicated administrative supporter
to the Canadian Diving fraternity.
She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame , 1981,
received the Order of British Columbia in 1991, was Female Athlete
of the Year 1958, and won the YWCA Woman of Distinction for sport
in 1998. The Irene MacDonald Fund was established for the support
of children in diving.
Kathleen Page Irwin
Born November 23, 1916 Swanage, Dorset, England. Died January 14,
2010, Victoria, British Columbia. Her family moved to Red Deer,
Alberta in 1919. After graduating from high school P.K. went to
England for a year. She returned to live in Saint John, New
Brunswick. She worked as a shop assistant and several other jobs. In
1941 she relocated to Montreal, Quebec. During World War ll she
became associated a group of Montreal poets. He own poems were
published in various Canadian magazines and journals. In 1944 some
of her writings were included in an anthology, Unit of Five
edited by Ronald Hambleton. That same year, using the pen name
Judith Cape she published a novel The Sun and The Moon. In
1950 she married William Arthur Irwin a Canadian diplomat. In 1954
her work, The Metal and The Flower garnered the
Governor General’s Award for poetry. She lived with her ambassador
husband in Australia, Brazil and Mexico where she learned to paint.
She would have in her lifetime several one man shows of her art.
Some of her paintings are held in Canada’s National Gallery. Her
painting are signed P.K. Irwin. In 1977 she was inducted into the
Order of Canada and in 1998 she was promoted to the level of
Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2003 she was inducted into the
Order of British Columbia. In 2004 she was awarded the 1st
of the British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary
Excellence and that same year she was presented with the Terasen
Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 she was named a Fellow in the
Royal Society of Canada. Coal and Roses, her las collection
of poetry was published after her death. The P.K. Page Founders’
Award for Poetry is presented annually in her honor.
Born November 24, 1881. Died
1968. A sculptor who preferred to work in her studio, which
was once a church. She was a founding member of the Sculptor's Society
of Canada in 1928. She was the first woman sculptor to become a member
of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She had a love of nature
that was reflected in her published poems.
November 25, 1953 Halifax, Nova Scotia. Holly resettled in Toronto,
Ontario in order to further a musical career. In 1986 she founded
the trio and in 1989 they released their 1st album. A jazz singer who has produced several
music albums that have made her one of the best-selling jazz artists
ever to emerge from Canada. In 1995 she left the Holly Cole Tri and
followed with two jazz albums solo. She is also very well liked in
Japan where she toured in 2020-2013. (2017)
Born November 25, 1969 Edmonton, Alberta.
Jillian has an identical twin sister Jacqueline. The girls were
partially raised in Kitchener, Ontario by their grandmother. She is
multi lingual speaking Italian, French, Spanish, and German. The
twin girls played call girls in 1988 film Dead Ringers. but it was
Jillian who became an actress of several movies, such as Robocop
and TV presence on in dramatic roles in Law
& Order and
which ran for 6 seasons.
In 1990 she debuted in the Broadway musical
Buddy.- the Buddy Holly Story.
In 2000 she wrote,
produced and co-directed the independent film
The Acting Class.
That same year she married
Paolo Mastropietro. The couple has two children. In 2001 she played
Jackie Kennedy in the film
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot.
June 9, 2007 she received
a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. She plays guitar and as
a singer cut her 1st album in 2003 and she had brought out her
second album I DO
in 2011 for which
she wrote all the songs.
November 26, 1971 Montreal, Quebec. This athlete is a member of the Canadian Olympic Rowing
team. In the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, she won a silver medal.
She had worked her way to the Olympics with participation and recognition
in international regattas, U.S. Championships, World University Games
and World Championships. While participating in her beloved sport
she also was a Canada Scholar 1990-1994 and the winner of the Petro
Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship 1995. She won a bronze medal in the
2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. (2017)
Sheila Maureen Copps.
November 27, 1952 Hamilton, Ontario. Sheila followed her father
Victor Copps, a longtime Mayor of Hamilton, by choosing the
profession of politics. Graduating from the University of Western
Ontario in London with a degree in French and English she has been a
consistent supporter of bilingualism in Canada. She studied for
advanced degrees at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and the
University of Rouen in France. Her 1st jobs were as a
newspaper journalist in Hamilton and Ottawa. In 1981 she was elected
to the Ontario Provincial legislature and in 1984 she successfully
ran as a member of Parliament (Liberal) for the federal Government.
She penned her autobiography entitled Nobody’s Baby in 1986.
She was the 1st sitting member of
Canadian Parliament to give birth in 1987
and made headlines by bringing her baby to
work with her. On November 4, 1993
she became the 1st woman Deputy Prime Minister.
In 1996 she changed cabinet positions to Canadian Heritage. She had
promised during the election to resign if the Liberals failed to
eliminate the controversial Goods and Service Tax (GST) and kept her
word resigning in May 1996 when Prime Minister Paul Martin said the
tax would remain. She was re-elected on June 17, 1997 and was once
again Minister of Canadian Heritage and Deputy Prime Minister. She
was defeated in the March 6, 2004 election and on May14, 2004 she
retired from elected politics in conflict with leader Paul Martin.
After leaving politics her public appearances were on stage in
Kingston Ontario in a dinner theatre production of the play,
Steel Magnolias. In October 2004 she published her second
autobiography Worth Fighting For which caused more controversy with
Liberal Leader Paul Martin. She returned to her 1st
career writing columns for the National Post and the Toronto Sun
which she ceased in December 2007. Sheila also became a broadcaster
with a radio talk show and later on a series for History Television.
On March 23 2006 a gala tribute to her was held by the Liberals to
help heal the controversial wounds. After losing her run for the
president of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2012 Sheila announced
her full retirement from politics. She was appointed to the Order of
Canada on December 30, 2012.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (accessed 2005);
Order of Canada. (Accessed 2013)
Born November 27, 1943 Montreal, Quebec. In 1965 she published
her 1st book, Aube a La Saison. and founded the literary
magazine La Barre du jour. . She concentrated on organizing
the jazz and poetry reading for the Youth Pavilion at Expo '67. She
obtained her Masters degree in 1972 and became a mother in 1975. Motherhood
did not slow her down in 1975 she won the Governor General's Award
for poetry. She would win again in 1984. After founding the feminist
editorial collective Les Tetes de Pioche and touring Europe
she founded her own publishing house. (2017)
Eleanor Ann Saddlemyer.
November 28, 1932 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She earned her BA
from the University of Saskatchewan, her Masters from Queen's
University, Kingston, Ontario and her PhD from London. This educator and author
is a professor at Massey College and the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama
and Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Among the many
distinguished recognitions she was presented with were the 1994 YWCA
Toronto Woman of the Year Award and the Order of Canada. Her more
than one dozen published books have been related to drama and English
literature. She is considered a pioneer in the field of Irish
studies having published scholarly research in numerous
publications. She has be a welcome lecturer in Japan, China, Ireland
and Australia. She is also an accomplished editor and member of several
editorial boards such as Theatre History in Canada/ Histoire du Théatre
au Canada of which she is a founding president. In 1995 she was
named an officer in the Order of Canada. ddlemyer
Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.
Born November 28, 1909 Prague, Czechoslovakia Died July 1990. She studied journalism and political
sciences in Europe and earned her PhD from Prague University. She wrote
article for European newspapers which were unfavourable to the Nazi
government and was force to flee. She also changed her birth sir name,
Hitschmann, to make it sound less German. It was however her 1st hand view of
the horrors of life in war torn Europe that would affect the rest of her
life. She eventually emigrated to Canada and in June 1945 was founder and a tireless worker of the USC (Unitarian Service Commission),
an international development organization with the original goal of sending
supplies to war-torn Europe for relief. Internationally she was recognized for her
works with humanitarian awards from France, Korea, Greece, India and her
adopted Canadian homeland with the Order of Canada. People who are presented
with awards often wear a small coloured ribbon signifying their award. Dr
Hitschmanova had five rows of ribbons to wear!!!! Her trademark attire was
that of an army nurse. She travelled annually to poverty stricken parts of
the world to uncover areas in need of Canadian assistance to fight poverty
and disease. Her uniform is now preserved at the Canadian War Museum in
© Famous Canadian
Born November 29, 1950 Quebec City, Quebec. Marie studied journalism
at Laval University in Quebec City but changed her studies to join
the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Quebec. she began her career
as a comedy actress before trying her hand at being a playwright, director and
novelist.1977-1980 she was an administrator for the Theatre du
Trident in Quebec City and as served at this time as an
administrator for the Centre d'essai des auteurs dramatiques and
from 1987-1989 she served as president of the organization.
In the 1960 she polished several collections of poetry. She received the Governor General's Award for
French language drama
in 1981 for her play C'etait avant la guerre a L'Ance s Gilles. In
2002 she was named a Chevalier in the French Order of La Pleiades
and in 2004 she became a Chevalier in the National Order of Quebec
and an Officer in the French Ordre des arts et des lettres. Many of her works have done well translated into
English and her work has often been popular in France. She has
also written son lyrics for such notable singers as Celine Dion.
Lucy Maud Montgomery. (married
Born November 30, 1874 Clifton, Prince Edward Island. Died April 24, 1942
It is no surprise to know that she was born in Prince Edward Island.
She would use the stories and lessons of growing up in her
world famous novels about a young orphan named Anne. The Book Anne
of Green Gables was 1st published in June 1908 and by November 1909
the book had already been through six printings. the book is
still enormously popular today. Later there was
also Emily and Jane, new characters L.M. Montgomery would share share with the world.
There have been movies, TV shows and a stage musical all produced
based on the book. Actually Lucy Maude went on to publish 20 novels,
over 500 short stories, 500 poems and 30 essays. Her works made
Prince Edward Island a literary landmark destined to become a
popular tourist site. In 1911 Lucy married a Presbyterian minister
Ewen/Ewan Macdonald (1870-1943) and the couple moved to Ontario.
Their home in Leaskdale in now a Museum. The couple would have three
sons two of whom would live to adulthood. She was a staunch
supporter of the home war effort during World War 1 (1914-1918) and
lent her celebrity to recruiting Canadian soldiers. Her diaries
showed that she felt tortured by the war itself. Both Ewen and Lucy
would suffer from severe bouts of depression during their lives. She
continued to write until 1940 when her last book, The Blythes Are
Quoted was delivered to the publisher on the day she died. Her
writing was a saving grace for Lucy. She was made an
officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. In 1943 she was
designated a Person of National Historic Significance. Her
diaries and papers are held in the Archives of the University of
Guelph. In 1975 the Canadian Post Office issued a stamp
honouring Anne of Green Gables and in 2008 a stamp was issued making
the centennial of the publication. On November 30, 2015 Google
honoured Lucy Maud Montgomery with a Google Doodle that was
published in 12 countries. Have
you ever read "Anne of
Green Gables?" In
which of the 14 languages the book is translated did you read the
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