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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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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)
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
Eulalie Durocher (Mother
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.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography accessed March 2005)
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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.
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.
The Canadian Encyclopedia. Online (Accessed 2005): The Philadelphia Symphony
Orchestra. Online Accessed 2005)
Ellis Sams. Born Toronto, Ontario
7, 1947. Judy graduated from Ohio State University in 1980 with a degree
in education. While studying at Ohio State University she played collegiate golf
for four years winning the Midwest Region Championship in 1979 in her junior
year. She was Ontario Amateur champion and Canadian amateur Golfer-of-the-year in 1980.
She turned professional joining the Ladies Professional Golf League. In
1983 she lost a game in a sudden death playoff at the Rail Charity Classic
event. In 1986 she recorded four top 30 finishes including a tie for 11 at the
MasterCard International Pro -Am event She married William Ralph Sams and the
couple have one daughter. (2018)
Orillia, Ontario 1903. Died January 27,
Judy began playing golf when she was 13,
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.
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 :
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.
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.
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.
Born October 19,1966. At the 1988 Calgary
Olympic Games she became the 1st skier in 20 years to win two Olympic medals
in the same games. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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Elizabeth Anne Betsy
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.
Born October 15, 1955
Vancouver, British Columbia. Died January 1, 2011. This Vancouver
native followed her desire to become a model. She was featured as a playmate
in the October 1977 issue of Playboy magazine. She
died of Breast cancer. (2018)
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.
Winnipeg Free Press,
8 March 2008; Memorable Manitobans. Online (Accessed December 2011)
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.
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!
Born October 17, 1958. In
the 1980s, France competed for the Ferland Quatre Glaces ice hockey
team at 1st based out of Brossard, and then Repentigny, in the League
Régionale du Hockey au Féminin in the province of Québec,
France also plays Canada's oldest National Sport, Lacrosse. She was a member
of the Canadian Lacrosse women's team from 1985through 189 playing in the
1986 and 1989 World Championships. Her team won gold in the 1989 Canadian
Championships. She was the Quebec Lacrosse Athelete of the Decade in 1990. A member of the
Canadian Women’s Hockey team from 1990 to 1999, she was a member of the silver medal
team at the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan. Team Canada went on to win gold
at the IIHF Women's world Championships, gold in the 1996 Three-Nation Cup
and gold again at the 1996 Pacific Rim. She earned The Quebec Athelete Award
of Excellence in Women's Hockey 1986 and again in 1991. France was an
assistant coach for Team Quebec at the 1991 Canada Winter Games. In 1998 she
was named Most Valuable Player at the Esso Nationals where Team Quebec
placed third to win the Maureen McTeer Trophy. In 1988, 1990, 1991, 1997 and
1998 she was named the Most Valuable Player on her team at the Canadian
Championships. France earned her BA in Physical Education In 2003 she
was inducted into the Panthéon des sports du
Québec Sports Hall of Fame
In 2010 she was a consultant for the Montreal
Carabins women's ice hockey program. In 2011 she travelled to Bratislava,
Slovakia to participate in the IIHF High Performance Women's Camp. In 2014
she received the Order of Hockey in Canada from Hockey Canada. (2018)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 1971-1974. She 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
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)
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. Julie is the mother of one son. In 2018 she was names
Governor General of Canada.
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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.
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.
1968. Her youthful love of skiing led her to become a member of a group
of freestyle skiers known as the "Quebec Air Force".
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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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