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October 1 Angèle Arsenault.  Born Abrams, Prince Edward Island 1943. With a sincere love of Acadian folk music as incentive she writes and sings her own songs in both of Canada’s official languages.  Her albums have earned her many awards. She uses her music to express her own special brand of humor.
 
October 2 Gladys Marie Marguerite Arnold. Born Macoun,  Saskatchewan October 2, 1905. Died Saskatchewan September 29, 2002. After high school she began teaching but by 1930 she found herself working as a secretary at the Regina Leader-Post. Journalism was to be her career. In 1935 she took a grain ship to France and was  on tour in France when World War ii broke out. Her happenstance allowed her, as the only Canadian journalist on site,  to post articles for the Canadian Press. Between 1936 and 1941 when she was forced to flee Germany,  she became officially named Paris correspondent reporting firs hand on the European conflict. After she fled Europe she dedicated herself to the plight of France. She co-founded the Free the French Association in Canada and travelled throughout North America with her compassionate plea. In 1941, France asked her to return to report on post war life. Her work in France garnered her the order of Chevalier de a Légion d’Honeur, the highest distinction given by the grateful nation of France. In her 80’s her reports from France became the base for her  book: One Woman’s War. Returning to Canada after the War she was head of the Information Service of the French Embassy until retirement in 1971. She would become the subject of a History Television documentary called Eyewitness to War. In 1948 and 1949 she was elected as president of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. With her adventuresome spirit she never stopped looking for a good story. During her lifetime she visited and reported from 60 difference countries. She also  established an additional legacy of perpetual scholarships in French Language and Journalism at the University of Regina. Sources: Biographical Sketches of Nine members of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. Media Club of Ottawa, 2011 page 6. ; Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan online accessed July 2011. ; Gladys Arnold Eulogy October 2002. Online accessed July 31, 2011.
 
  Margaret Jane "Nellie Bryant Born October 2, 1864 (1865?) Iroquois, Canada West (Ontario). Died July 14, 1947 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although she intended to be a school teacher when a  photographer saw some sketches he offered to teach her photograph retouching methods. This led to a life-long career as a photographer. She started doing tintype and daguerreotype photographs in Ontario at Morrisburg, Augustburg, and the Thousand Islands. After working at a studio in the Thousand Islands for seven years, she started her own studio at Iroquois, later moving to Brockville, Ontario. In 1901, following her marriage, she moved to Winnipeg with her salesman husband, Harry H. Bryant, and opened a studio on Fort Street. She is possibly the first photographer to use dry plates in a camera. Sources: “Mrs. H. H. Bryant dies, aged 82”, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1947, page 7. Memorable Manitobans. Profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (Accessed December 2011).
 
October 3 Ashevak Kenojuak.  Born Ikerrasak Camp, Baffin Island, Northwest Territories 1927. This Inuit Artist of Baffin Island is famous for the prints made of her work. Graphic art is only one of her chosen medium. She also carves sculptures.  She prefers birds as subjects of her works. She is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Companion of the Order of Canada.
 
  Neve Campbell.  Born Guelph, Ontario 1973. This Canadian starlet is making a name for herself in acting in television (Party of Five) and some 30 movies. She has even played a real princess, Elizabeth Windsor in Churchill: the Hollywood years.(2004) .She has also written scripts for movies and is a known producer of movies.
 
October 4 Madeline Hombert. née Borody. Born Shoal Lake, Manitoba 1944. She attended school in Rivers, Manitoba before heading off to Ryerson University in Toronto. Her education  also included  hands on training through cable television, commercial video, television and film productions.  She has worked in most areas of film and television productions, from setting up equipment through budgeting and production management to songwriting. Through this experience she had gained insight to cost control and financial accountability while still appreciating the artistic demands of production. In 1989 she received a CTV Fellowship Award. She has always taken an active interest in her community and expressed herself in politics by running as a federal Liberal Candidate in 1979 and 1980 in Calgary.  Her work in her community, her volunteer efforts and her political involvement earned her the nomination as a Woman of Distinction in Calgary 1981. She continues her volunteering with such organizations as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Variety Club and the Canadian Fund for the Support and Assistance of Lung Transportations.
 
October 5 Marie-Claire Blais. Born October 5, 1939, Quebec City, Quebec.  She attended Laval University were friends encouraged her to become a writer. At 20 in 1959 she published her 1st novel Labelle Bete, in English translation, the Mad Shadow. Since then there have been some 20 novels, several plays, as well as published collections of poetry. In 1963 she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. where she met her life partner, Artist Mary Meigs. The couple lived in France for awhile before settling in Montreal. Her books have been translated into English, Italian and even Chinese. Her works have garnered her a multitude of awards from both Canada and abroad. In 1965 there was the Prix France, Canada followed in 1968 with the 1st of several Governor’s General Awards (1979, 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2008). There is also the W.O. Mitchell Award in 2000, the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco and in 2006 Matt Cohen Prize . In 1972 she was inducted in to the Order of Canada and she also has been inducted into the Ordre National du Quebec. From France she is a Chevalier in the Ordre of Lettres. In 1995/96 she was the International Woman of the Year awarded by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Source: Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed February 2014)
 
  Tina Poitras.  Born Thompson, Manitoba 1970. Tina grew up in Hull, Quebec across the river from Canada's capital, Ottawa.  This athlete is a race walker who specializes in the 10 km walk. She is currently ranked number 1 in this event in Canada.  She participated, for Canada, in the 1996 Olympic Games in this event. 
 
October 6 Eulalie Durocher (Mother Marie-Rose)  Born 1811. Died October 6, 1849.  She was one of 8 surviving children in her family. When she originally decided to follow a religious life she was turned down as a novitiate because of her frail health. After the death of her mother she tended house and was a parish worker for her brother who was a priest.. She became aware of the great need for education of young girls. She and her friends, Mélodie Dufresne and Henriette Cére decided to set up a Canadian convent. She became Mother Marie-Rose, the first Superior of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Canada setting up operations originally in Longueil. Today the order serves North and South America and in Africa.  On May 23, 1982 Pope John Pall ll proclaimed Marie-Rose Durocher “Blessed”, one of the first steps in the process of being declared a Saint. Source: The Dictionary of Canadian Biography accessed March 2005)
 

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  Joan Cook. Born 1934. A business woman who served as Vice President of a family-owned automobile dealership and a member of the management team with C J O N Radio and TV, and with Robert Simpson Eastern Ltd. of Halifax, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada March 6, 1998. 
 
  Juliette Kang.  Born September 6, 1975 Edmonton, Alberta.  She began studying the violin at the age of 4! As a child prodigy she was a student of James Keene, a concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and she made her concerto debut in Montreal at the age of 7! At age 9, she was accepted as a violin student on scholarship at the Curtis Institute and became a student of Jascha Brodsky. By age 11, Juliette had garnered international attention, winning top prizes at the 1986 Beijing International Youth Violin Competition in China. In 1989, at age 13, Kang became the youngest artist to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She attended university and holds a Masters degree from the famous Julliard School of Music in 1993. She was a winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and she subsequently received 1st prize at the Menuhin Violin Competition of Paris in 1992. She has played with the most prestigious orchestras of Europe and North America.  A CD was made of her Carnegie Hall recital in 1996. She joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and then moved to the Philadelphia Orchestra where she as served as assistant concertmaster from 2003-2005 after which she held the position of 1st associate concertmaster. She lives in Center City with her husband and two daughters.  Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. Online (Accessed 2005): The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Online Accessed 2005)  
October 7 Judy Sams.  Born Toronto, Ontario 1947.  Canadian amateur-of-the-year in 1980 this Ontario Athlete is best known on the golf course.  
 
October 8 Elizabeth Wyn Wood.  Born Orillia, Ontario 1903.  Died January 27, 1966.  As a sculptor she became involved with the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Arts Council. She worked in “modern” materials like tin for her sculptures.  Her large pieces may be seen in parks in Welland and Niagara Falls areas of Ontario.
 
October 9 Mary Ann Shadd Cary.  Born Wilmington, Delaware U.S.A. 1823. Died June 5, 1893. née Shadd. Born a free black, Mary Ann Shadd Cary worked with black refugees in Windsor one of the Canadian ends of the famous "Underground Railway" for escaped slaves. In 1883 she became the 1st black woman in North America who was an editor of a newspaper when she established the "Provincial Freeman" a weekly paper designed to cover the lives of Canadian blacks and promote the cause of black refugees to Canada. A biography may be found at : http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/2/12/h12-204-e.html
 
  Aimee Semple McPherson.  (née Kennedy). Born Ingersoll, Ontario 1890. Died September 27, 1944. She was an evangelist. She opened,  in the U.S.A., the Angelus Temple of the Four Square Gospel for 1.25 million dollars! That was a lot of money in 1918! In her day, she was the most publicized revivalist in the world.
 
  Carling Kathrin Bassett-Seguso.  Born Toronto, Ontario 1967.  This young tennis player burst onto the Canadian sports scene in 1981 when she won the Canadian indoor junior title.  In 1982 she was ranked the number 1 junior in the world. She turned professional in 1983 and played in such international events as the French and Australian Opens and at Wimbledon.  She retired from competition in 1988. 
 
October 10 Isabel McLaughlin.  Born Oshawa, Ontario 1903.  Died November 26, 2002. An important early modernist painter in Canada she used bright colours in her highly subjective paintings.  In 1939 she was the 1st woman to hold the position of president of the Canadian Group of Painters.
 
  Karen Percy.  Born 1966.  At the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games she became the first skier in 20 years to win two Olympic medals in the same games. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
 
October 11 Mary Isabella Macleod.  (née Drever) Born Red River, Manitoba 1852  Died April 15 1933.  During the famous Red River Rebellion (1869-70) a 17-year-old Mary successfully avoided detection and delivered an important dispatch to Colonel Woolsey.  She married James Macleod of the Northwest Mounted Police and frequently accompanied her husband on his tours of duty.
 
  Mary Ellen Smith.  (née Spear). Born Tavistock, England 1863.  Died May 3, 1933. After the death of her husband she ran in the by-election for his seat and became the 1st woman elected to the British Columbia provincial legislature and the 1st woman Cabinet Minister in the entire British Empire.
 
October 12 Dorothy Livesay.  Born Winnipeg, Manitoba 1909.  Died December 29, 1996.  A journalist and literary critic, she is also known for her short stories of fiction and her poetry.  In 1944 she won the Governor General’s Award for her work Day and Night and again in 1947 for Poems of the People.  She was an Officer of the Order of Canada.
 
  Joan Fraser. Born 1944. She earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from McGill University in 1965. She began her career as a cub reporter with the Gazette in Montreal and joined the Financial Times of Canada in 1967. In 1978 she returned to The Gazette as editorial page editor and in 1993 became Editor-in-Chief. She joined the Council of Canadian Unity in 1997/98. She has won several national newspaper awards for her editorial writing and four National Newspaper Award Citations of Merit. She is a member of the Senate of Canada. 
 
October 13 Dorothy Reitman Born October 13, 1932 Montreal, Quebec. She was educated at McGill University. May 26, 1952 she married Cyril Reitman (1928)  son of the Reitman Clothing entrepreneurs. The couple have one son. Dorothy was a founding member of the Portage Program for Drug Dependency, the Council of Canadian Unity and Auberge Shalom for Battered Women as well as being instrumental in establishing Kosher Meals on Wheels in Montreal. She was also a founding member of the Match Centre which was established in the UN Year of the Woman in 1975 to enable women from Canada to share their experience and expertise with women from developing countries. Dorothy was particularly interested on Kenya. At the 1985 Match International conference she was part of the Jewish coalition fighting the UN Declaration on Zionism as racism. She has served as honorary chair of the McGill University Centre for Research and Teaching for Women, co-chaired the Canadian Conference of Christians and Jews and chaired the Commonwealth Jewish Foundation of Canada. She was the first woman elected as president from 1986-1989 of the Canadian Jewish Congress.  Her endeavors have been marked with the Montreal Jewish Community Young leadership award in 1965, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1967, the Commonwealth Jewish Council Annual Award in 1989 and the Governor’s Generals Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in 1992. On October 22, 1997 she was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. Sources: Canadian Who’s Who, University of Toronto 2006 : Brown, Michael “Dorothy Reitman. Jewish Women: A Commemorative Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2008. Jewish Women’s Archive. Http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/ (Accessed August 2011)
 
  Dorothy Moore Born Sydney, Nova Scotia October 13, 1933. She earned her BA at St. Francis Xavier University and then on to her Bachelor in Education and a M Ed in 1984 at Mount St Vincent University. She has earned a position of an respected Elder of the Mi’kmaw (Mi’Kmaq) devoting a life time of service in education, preservation and restoration of the Mi’kmaw language and culture. She taught in public and reserve schools for many years before joining University College of Cape Breton as native education coordinator and native studies consultant. The school grew from 9 to 200 native students in just 10 years. She has served on numerous committees and boards including the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She enjoys theatre as both an actor, costume director and Mi’kmaw singer. In 1989 she received the Stephen Hamilton Award for outstanding achievement in education. In 1990 she was the Atlantic Educator of Innovation of the year. She is proud to have the Eagle Feather Award as well as honorary degrees from Mount St. Vincent and University College of Cape Breton. In 2003 she received the Order of Nova Scotia. Sources: The order of Nova Scotia http://www.gov.ns.ca/prot.2006recipients.htm (accessed August 12, 2008; Canadian Who’s Who 2005 ; University of Toronto Press, 2006.
 
  Teresa Toten Born Zagreb, Yugoslavia (Croatia). October 13, 1955.  At only a few days old her mother left Croatia to join the baby’s Canadian Father. Teresa’s early life was rather unsettling with the family moving 17 times from city to city to city. Unfortunately her father died when she was only seven months old. Her first career choice was to be a mermaid. But practicality of life took over. She attended the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Political Science just in time to marry and mover to Montreal. Once settled she worked as a freelance broadcaster for Radio Canada International before moving to Ottawa, Toronto, New York City and back again to Toronto. In between moves 2 daughters were born and she decided to become a stay at home mother. During this time she turned to writing. She also became involved as a volunteer with Frontier College and teaching English as a second language. Her writing has been mainly for young readers and has resulted in numerous books having been published starting in 1995. According to Teresa writing is almost as good as being a mermaid! Source: Teresa Toten by Dave Jenkinson CM Magazine Profile online accessed January 2007.  ; teresatoten.com
 
October 14 Frances Norma Loring.  Born Wardner, Idaho 1887. Died February 5, 1968.  Educated in Switzerland, Germany, Paris, Chicago, New York, and Boston she to a studio in Toronto in 1913 to show her sculptures.  The National Gallery in Ottawa has obtained her works as well as the Art Gallery of Ontario and some are on the grounds of the parliament Buildings in Ottawa. She was co-founder of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1928.
 
October 15 Marie Marguerite d'Youville. (née  Dufrost de Lajemerais) Born Varennes, Quebec 1701.  Died December 23, 1771.  She was a daughter of one of the great families of New France. She was married in 1712, she was the mother of two children, and  became . widowed in 1730. By 1742 both sons had become priests and Marguerite worked to ease the plight of the poor. She was joined by other women and their work extended to the running of the Hôpital Générale. The group of tireless workers would eventually become a religious order known as the Grey Nuns. Marguerite was described as a remarkable woman who was courageous and processed remarkable administrative talent. 
 

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  Elizabeth Anne Betsy Clifford. née Clifford. Born October 15, 1953, Ottawa, Ontario. By the time she was 5 years old she was comfortable on skis and was winning competitions at 8. At 12 she was Canadian Junior Champion and at 13 she was Canadian women’s champion. Participating in the 1968 Olympic Games, Grenoble, France at 14 made her the youngest Canadian skier at the events. From 1968 through 1976 she was voted Ottawa’s Outstanding Skier dominated 3 alpine skiing disciplines: Downhill, Slalom and Giant Slalom. At 16 she was the youngest person to win world ski title with a giant slalom gold medal at Val Gardena, Italy in 1970. The next year she won the women’s special slalom title in Val-d’Isère, France. In 1972 she suffered a freak accident and broke her heels. In 1973 she was back in competition and in 1974 she won a silver medal at the World Championships downhill at St, Moritz, Switzerland and her 3rd World Cup downhill. Back in Canada she won the Can-Am giant slalom. She was twice Canadian Athlete of the Year. Betsey was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1971.  Upon her retirement from competition in 1976 at the age of 23, she was awarded the John Semmelink Memorial Award by the Canadian Ski Association in recognition of how a skier through sportsmanship, conduct and ability, best represents Canada in international competition.  In 1978 she was nominated to the American National Ski Hall of Fame. In 1982 she became a member of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and in 1983 she became a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. In 1995 she was induced into Les Panthéon des sports de l’Outaouais and the Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame.
 
  Kristine Winder.  Born 1955. This Vancouver native followed her desire to become a model.  She was featured as a playmate in the October 1977 issue of Playboy magazine.
 
October 16 Marianne Bossen Born October 16, 1918, Willemstad, Curacao, Dutch Antilles.  Died  March 1, 2008, Winnipeg, Manitoba. After  high school in the Netherlands in 1937, she earned  a nursing diploma in nursing World War ll. In the 1940s she worked as a social worker at Unilever. She immigrated to Canada in 1951 and worked in Toronto and northern Ontario with the Canadian Red Cross. In 1957 she earned a BA from the University of Montreal and a MA degree in Economics, University of Toronto, 1964. She served as assistant professor of economics at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario and at the University of Winnipeg, 1966 to 1968. In 1962, she began working for the Government of Canada in various capacities with the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Industry, and with the Department of Manpower and Immigration as a research economist. She was a consultant for the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, 1967 to 1969. In 1972 she established a private practice as a consulting economist on manpower and social policy. In 1977, she was a recipient of the YWCA Woman of the Year Awards in the Business Category. In 1982 she began years of advisory service with the city and the province to develop transportation services for those with physical disabilities. In 1994 she was recognized by Winnipeg Transit for her contribution to the Task Force to Review Handi-Transit Issues. She served on the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the YWCA and YWCA Boards, the Manitoba Board of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, and the Provincial Council of the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped. During her retirement, she lived in White Rock, BC for three years before returning to Winnipeg. Sources: Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 2008; Memorable Manitobans. Online (Accessed December 2011)
 
  Jane Elizabeth Vasey. Born October 16, 1949, Winnipeg Manitoba. Died July 6, 1982, Toronto, Ontario. Jane loved music and began piano lessons at 6. She performed on the CBC television’s Call all Children. She earned the Earl Ferguson Award at the Manitoba Music Festival. In 1970 she graduated from the University of Manitoba. She played for a short while for the Winnipeg Ballet School before relocating to Toronto to further studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She played for ballet classes, the Global Village Theater, the Toronto Workshop Theatre and the Young Peoples’ Theatre. A;; the while she was composting music for Carol Bold Plays. It was during this time that she came to love and perform the blues. In 1973 she joined the all male band Downchild Blues Band . The group would record 6 albums together and travel to demanding crowds throughout North America. She played with the Band in Toronto when she became too ill with leukemia to travel. Brandon University established a scholarship for piano Performance in her memory. Source: Jane Vasey. Manitoba Music Museum. Online (Accessed May 2014)
 
October 17 Margaret Ruth Kidder.  Born Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 1948.  This youth from the Northwest Territories was to date  Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in real life and become the girl friend of Superman in the movies. She appeared in all IV of the Superman movies. She has over 80 movie and major TV productions to her credit.  Did you know that the comic book characters of Superman and Lois Lane were the idea of a young Canadian artist? Look it up!
 
  France St Louis.  Born 1958.  A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team since 1990, she was a member of the silver medal team at the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan.
 
October 18 Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw.  Born Cannington, Ontario 1881. Died January 5, 1982. One of Canada's first women doctors, she had a successful 60-year practice. For 30 years she was the medical director of the Hamilton Ontario Birth Control Clinic. You can just imagine the forces that this courageous woman had to face while attempting to present women of her era with information on Birth control.
 
  Iona Campagnolo.  Born Galiano Island, British Columbia 1932.  She began her working career as a broadcaster in her native British Columbia in 1965. She became very involved in her community, being head of the local school board, and alderman and finally elected as a Member of Parliament for Skeena from 1974 to 1979. In 1976 she came to the national spotlight when she became Minister of Fitness and Amateur Sport. She returned to politics as the first woman President of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1982 to 1986.  Now a private citizen she retains her interest in politics and can be seen and heard making political comment on major current topics. 
 
October 19 Marie Gérin-Lajoie (née Lacoste) Born Montreal, Quebec 1867. Died November 1, 1945.  As a youth she read her father’s law books and developed a concern for women’s rights. She combined her religion and family life with reform work bringing together Canadian Francophone women.  She worked closely with branches of the national Council of Women of Canada. She would give strong testimony before the Dorion Commission that recommended change to Quebec law.
 
  Marilyn Bell. Born Toronto, Ontario 1937. It was September in 1954 when a 16-year-old Toronto Girl entered the Canadian National Exhibition sponsored marathon swim race across Lake Ontario. She was the only entrant to actually finish the 32-mile race. It took 21 hours! She was the 1st to successfully swim Lake Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
 
October 20 Nellie Letitia McClung. née Mooney. Born October 20, 1873 Chatsworth, Ontario. Died September 1, 1951. At 16 she attended Normal School (Teacher’s college) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While teaching, she was introduced to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union by her future Mother-in-law. Marrying Wes McClung, 1896 they raised five children. As an accomplished writer, she joined the Canadian Women’s Press Club. In 1912, a founding member of the Political Equity League, she helped female wage earners. She imitated Manitoba Provincial Premier Roblin in the 1914 “Women’s Parliament” mocking the idea of giving votes to men! She was the only woman delegate at the Canadian War Conference of 1918 and was a Methodist delegate to the world ecumenical Congress of 1921, where she advocated women as clergy. She represented her ideas as a member of Alberta’s legislature 1921-1925 and in 1927 she was one of the “Famous Five”, who forced the courts to recognize women as “Persons” in 1929.  The first woman to be appointed to the Board of Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Network, 1936 she was also a Canadian representative to the League of Nations, 1938. A popular author, she wrote newspaper and magazine articles, columns, short stories and published 16 books and 2 autobiographies.
 

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  Pauline Emily McGibbon née Mills. Born October 20, 1910 Sarnia, Ontario. Died December 14, 2001 Toronto, Ontario. Pauline graduated from the University of Toronto in 1933. In 1935 she married her high school sweetheart Donald Walker McGibbon and the couple settled in Sarnia, Ontario. A long time volunteer for various charities and groups she served as president of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire from 1963-1965. Pauline was also the 1st woman chancellor at the University of Toronto and at the same time 1st woman Governor of Upper Canada College 1971-1974She was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario from 1974-1980, the 1st woman in the British Empire to obtain such a position. She was also the 1st woman President of the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1972 and 1st woman Director of 4 major Canadian companies: George Weston, IBM, Imasco and Mercedes Benz. Pauline was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1967 and promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1980. Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed 1999). In 1988 she was inducted into the Order of Ontario. On October 5, 2006 the Ontario Heritage Trust and Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation unveiled a provincial plaque commemorating Pauline in Sarnia, Ontario. Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (accessed 1999): The Ontario Trust Foundation (accessed 2006); The Hon. Pauline M. McGibbon , Collections Canada. National Library of Canada (accessed 2009)
 
  Julie Payette.  Born Montreal, Quebec 1963.  Did you know that this Canadian astronaut plays piano and has sung with the Montreal symphonic Orchestra Chamber Choir? She speaks 4 languages besides English and French. She enjoys triathlon, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving.  This young engineer was chosen as an astronaut in 1992 and went into space in 1999.  Read her Biography from the Canadian Space Agency at : http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/payette.html
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October 21 Mélanie Turgeon.  Born 1976.  This Quebec skier has raced Slalom, Downhill, and Super G for the Canadian Ski Team since 1992.  As a junior, she won 5 medals at the World Championships at Lake Placid, New York. In 1998 she was the top Canadian skier in the World Cup. 
 
October 22 Jane Burnet.   Born 1955. As a young girl she studied classical piano but at 20 she turned to jazz and enjoys playing flute and soprano saxophone. In 1983 she and her husband started a band.  She has 7 CD’s of jazz and Cuban Music. In 1993 for the album “Spirit of Havana” she won a Juno Award.
 
October 23 Lucie Laroche.  Born 1968. Her youthful  love of skiing led her to become a member of a group of freestyle skiers known as the "Quebec Air Force".
 
October 24 Micheline Beauchemin. Born Longeuil, Quebec 1930. One of Canada's foremost tapestry weavers.  Her works are in Place des Arts (Montreal) National Arts Center (Ottawa), Tokyo, and San Francisco.
 
  Sheila Watson.  (née Doherty)  Born New Westminster, British Columbia 1909. Died February 1, 1998.  Her novel Double Hook, written in 1959, is considered the point for the beginning of contemporary writing in Canada.  She was awarded for her writings the Lorne Pierce medal from the Royal Society of Canada.
 
October 25 Nell Shipman.  (née Helen Foster-Barham) Born Victoria, British Columbia 1892. Died January 23, 1970.  This actress was a pioneer of the silent film era. She was one of the first women in the world to direct her own films and she even established her own production company.  
 
  Rebecca Ann Burke.  Born 1946.  This artist has shown her works in exhibitions in the Canadian Maritimes, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia and the United States.  She is currently a professor with the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.
 
October 26 Anne-Josée Dionne.  Born 1975. A member of the Canadian National Diving Team, Anne-Josée has been 9 times National Champion (in various age groups). She has also won medals at international events.  In 1993 she earned 3 gold medals at the Canada Games.  In her spare time she enjoys photography, movies, and camping. 
 
October 27 Elizabeth Smart. Born Ottawa, Ontario 1913. Died March 4, 1986.  She began her career as a journalist but became known for her novels and poems.  In 1945 she published her first book, which was considered a masterpiece and was reprinted several times.  It was 32 years before she produced her next two books.  She published again in 1984.
 
October 28 Marie de l'Incarnation. (Marie Guyant) Born Tours, France 1599. Died April 30, 1672.  She read about Canada in the famous Jesuit Relations and decided it was the place for her. She would arrive in 1639 and found the Ursuline Order of Canada. She became an expert in several native languages and translated several religious books for her native students. 
 
October 29 Nora McLellan. Born 1954. This actor and singer made her stage debut at age 9 in La Boheme produced by the Vancouver Opera Association. She has appeared in more than 50 roles on stages in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Victoria, Saskatoon and Seattle. Her TV appearances have included such hit shows as X-Files. In 1987 she was co-founder, with Michael Dobbin, of the Aids-Relief Fundraising for the Actors' Fund of Canada.
 
  Ruth Schiller. (née Boswell)  Born 1931.   This mother of three children has been a leader and music specialist for over 30 years. A conductor, adjudicator and lecturer she has represented Canada numerous times at the International Society of Music Education. She has been awarded the André Thadée Bourque and Louise Manny Award for Excellence in Music, the Centennial Award, the Leslie Bell Choral Award, the Paul Harris Fellow Award and recognized by the New Brunswick Teachers Association for outstanding contribution to education in the province. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992.
 
October 30 Joanna Shimkus. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia 1943. Joanna began he film career in the mid 1960's with some 14 movies to her credit by the mid 1970's. In 1976 she married actor Sidney Poitier and abandoned her career to devote herself to her family of two daughters. Currently she is immersed in a successful career in Interior decor.
 
October 31 Ada Mackenzie. Born Toronto, Ontario 1891. Died October 25, 1973.  She would win the Ontario Ladies Amateur Golf title 9 times and the Canadian Ladies Open Amateur  title 5 times.  In 1933 she was declared the Canadian Athlete of the Year.  She would open a ladies only golf club in Thornhill, Ontario in May 1925.  This sporting pioneer with her club and her leading titles would make ladies golf a sport to be taken seriously.
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