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November 1 Dame Emma Albani.  (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 singing. Note: Some authors place her birth in 1848 or 1850.  
 

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  Rita Letendre.  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 2014.
 
November 2 k. d. Lang (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 year.  She 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.
 
  Beverley Mahood.  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.
 
  Dorothy Lidstone 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 champion.
 
November 3 Monica Hughes. 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 of Canada.
 
  Madeleine Alberta Fritz.  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.
 
November 4 Daphne 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.
 
  Jean Blewett. née McKishnie 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.
 
November 5 Anna Harriette/Harriet Emma Leonowens.  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 Siamese Court.
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.
 
  Susan Nattrass.  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.
 
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November 6 Joyce Fairbairn. 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.
 
November 7 Audrey McLaughlin.  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 political party. 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 International Women, 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)
 
  Joni Mitchell. (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 Luminato Festival in Toronto held a set of tribute concerts entitled Joni: A Portrait in Song – A Birthday Happening Live at Massey 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!
 
November 8 Luba Goy. 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 animated 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.
 
November 9 Marie Dressler. (real name Leila Marie Koeber) Born November 9, 1869(?) Cobourg, 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 magazine. There is some dispute as to her true birth date with various sources using 1868, 1869 and her grave using 1871.
 
  Pierrette Alarie.  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 Victoria, 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 Banff Centre in Alberta. In 2003 she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
 
  Ramona 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 Toronto, Ontario.
 
November 10 Mary Electa Adams.  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 acclaimed Ontario Ladies College in Whitby, Ontario.  She was an effective and determined advocate of academic education for women.
 
  Maude Eburne-Riggs.  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.
 
  Constance Bersford-Howe. 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).
 
  Vera Frenkel.  Born November 10, 1938 Bratazalava, Czechoslovakia.  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.
 
November 11 Violet Clara McNaughton née 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 Producer”.
 
  Alice M. Gerard.  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.  She was the 1st Canadian president of the International Council 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.  (2017)
 
  Kathleen Shannon. 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 Agnes Nanogak-Goose.  Born 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.  née Leamen. 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. 
 
November 13 Tracy Elizabeth Dahl.  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.
 
  Linda Jackson. 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. 
 
November 14 Monique Mercure.  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.
 
  Silken Laumann. Born November 14,1964. At 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. 
 
November 15 May Agnes Fleming. (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!
 
  Helen 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.
 
November 16 Rachel Browne. 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.
 
  Diana 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.
 
November 17 Maria Jelinek. 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.
 
  Petra Burka. 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.
 
November 18 Margaret Eleanor Atwood  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.
 
  Dorothy Collins.  (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 nightclubs. 
 
November 19 Elizabeth Anne Cleaver 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 Maryon Kantaroff. Born 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.
 
  Conni Louise Massing. Born 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.
 
November 21 Lucy Christie 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. 
 
November 22 Irene Margaret  MacDonald. 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.
 
November 23 Patricia 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.
 
November 24 Florence Wyle.  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 Holly Cole. Born 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)
 
  Jillian Hennessy.  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 Crossing Jordan 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 Emma Robinson. Born 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)
 
November 27 Sheila Maureen Copps.  Born 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)
 
  Nicole Brossard-Soubliére 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)
 
November 28 Eleanor Ann Saddlemyer. Born 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 Ottawa.
 

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November 29 Marie Laberge.  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.
 
November 30 Lucy Maud Montgomery. (married name Macdonald.)  Born November 30, 1874 Clifton, Prince Edward Island. Died April 24, 1942 Toronto, Ontario.  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 book?                                                
 
   
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