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Why?

While a leader in the Ottawa Area Girl Guides, the part of the Guiding Program on Famous Canadian women was not an easy area to research. Dawn Monroe developed a series of activities for her own Guide unit. Other leaders asked for copies of the activities. It saved a lot of individual work to share these activity pages. Wanting to learn more about web pages on the internet Dawn decided to do something practicable as a learning project. Famous Canadian Women was born!! The idea of using birthdays as a way of interesting young people in Canadian Women of achievement came next. It proved to be an interesting challenge. There are still days that do not have Canadian women's names. As the fun of research progressed, the amount of information accumulated did not always provide birth dates. How else could this knowledge of Canadian women be shared? What ways would be fun for people to learn about Canadian women? Stamp collecting is the world's most popular hobby? Why not cash in on a trend? In the main database there were lots of first achievements so famous firsts was set up. Timelines and quotes are always fun so they were added in 2004. Still more names existed in the ever growing research pages. The desire to post information on more women the section On-The-Job was set up as the main information file in the fall of 2004. In 2006 the "search" factor helped people to locate any woman listed on the site! The fun and challenge of researching for more birthdays continues... who knows what can be posted...

 

WHO?

Dawn Elizabeth Monroe.  Born Toronto, Ontario  October 27 1945. Raised in the small village of Highland Creek, in the Township of Scarborough, she watched the Township grow into a city. She earned her weekly allowance by working at the Highland Creek Public Library, which at one time was actually situated in her house. The little library room in the house progressed to becoming part of Scarborough Public Libraries. (Now part of the Toronto Library system) She studied Canadian history at the University of Guelph. It is no surprise to learn that she attended the Library School at the University of Western Ontario. Hired as a librarian by the federal government, Dawn first worked at the National Library of Canada before moving to the Library at the National Archives of Canada. In 1991 she  began working for Employment and Immigration Canada and ended her career by working as Manager, Library Services Citizenship and Immigration Canada. On the leisure side of life she was introduced to the sport of archery while at the University of Guelph. Archery  would be an interest throughout her life and would bring her to meet her husband Jerry. Monroe whom she married in 1974. She has taught and coached archery to youth at the RA Centre from 1972 through 2000.. As a youth herself she had been a member of the Guiding movement. This interest was reactivated when her own two daughters became Brownie age. Realizing that the Guides Canada offered a real interest for herself she became part of the Ottawa Area Public Relations team after her own girls outgrew the movement. Retiring from the Canadian government in 2004,  she  enjoyed continuing her work with Girl Guides and other volunteer services, teaching her sport of archery to young people, researching and working on her web site, and being with her family that now includes a new generation. Dawn and Jerry relocated to Cochrane, a small town in Northern Ontario, in 2006 where Dawn worked as C.E.O. of Cochrane Public Library for a year and a half.  Volunteering is still part of life for Dawn. She has served on the Cochrane Centennial Committee (2009-2010), The Cochrane Board of Trade (2006-2012),  as director with the Cochrane Agricultural Society (2006-2013). In the fall of 2010 and again in 2014 Dawn ran , unsuccessfully, for Town Council but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Dawn  serves as a volunteer  costumed historical interpreter at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village where she edits and produces the Heritage Village Herald which is sold to raise funds for the Heritage Village.. In 2014 Dawn was pleased to have reached 2000 mini bios on the Famous Canadian Women web pages. According to Dawn this is only scratching the surface of Canadian women of accomplishment and so the research continues...

 

Jerry Alan Monroe. Born Toronto, December 31, 1943. Raised in downtown Toronto, Jerry left school early in search of a career. He married for the first time on his 19th birthday and held various jobs in the cartage industry and as a printer. He started out on his own path again and met a  woman interested in the sport of archery. Deciding to take up competitive archery he also decided to marry the archer he had met. After their two daughters were born,  he became "Mr. Mom" and maintained a craft and engraving business as working hobbies. He took an interest in home computing and learned from reading and doing until he obtained a proficiency both technically and with web sites. He has always enjoyed reading and learning and is currently having fun with e-bay sales and having Dawn home with him. He also enjoys being grandpa to two teen granddaughters from his first marriage and being a special "Poppa" to his grandson. He manages the web sites for Famous Canadian Women. He also is pleased to have reunited with the children of his 1st marriage and is enjoying being Grandpa to his 8 grandchildren and is accepting the fact that his is also a great grandpa.

We feel strongly that the site should remain completely FREE for everyone! There are, however, substantial costs involved with maintaining a site of this size and popularity! If you have used our services and enjoyed your time spent at Famous Canadian Women , please consider donating to this very important project! Thank you very much!!!
We Get Letters ...here are a few samples ...

August 10, 2003
I
just visited your web site - "do you share a birthday with a famous Canadian woman?" and was impressed by the lengthy list of personages you include. Congrats on a job well done! Obviously you have put a great deal of effort into those pages.

Neil Lensen
PS I volunteer at a private school for girls in Victoria, BC and I think your web site must be required reading for all students.

 

01/21/04

a_hammerling
What a wonderful site! I am a Pathfinder and Ranger leader, this is an area which is not well covered, you have done a great job!

 

10/25/2004
What an excellent site. Great information and beautiful design. I'll be sending people to it from now on.

 Nicole Watkins Campbell
 

2/4/2005
Hi Dawn,

Your web site is wonderful! I think the Guiding section is particularly great and hope the little angels use it - often.Thanks for the write-up on Winnie. I know how much she would love it. (She loved publicity.) I have told her kids about it and they were thrilled.

Margaret Close

P.S.  The only other famous member of my family was Laura Secord - a great-great-great granny on my dad's side.
 

4/18/2005
Thanks very much for the Famous Canadian Women page.....I have used it many times already....

Brenda
1st Porters Lake Girl Guides

 

7/2/2005

Hi Dawn
     Thanks for your note.  It is amazing what will bring people to your web-site.  And speaking of ... yours is great!  All that information in one place.  I've bookmarked it.
Kudos on your web-pages.
 Alice
www.alicevaldal.com
 

19/12/2005
I have enjoyed viewing your webpage. Great fun and lots of information. Keep up the good work.
Bernie
Memorial University, Newfoundland.
 

January 31, 2006

Dear Dawn,
Your talk was absolutely wonderful . You had everyone's rapt attention - or as one of our country correspondents used to write, "wrapped attention."

The whole presentation came off so well - an intriguing mystery story with all those examples, the books, blogs and other media, and then the climax, the work in progress, and the invitation to collaborate - it was artful and brilliant. Here I am, at one o'clock in the morning, and my mind is on a totally different project, but I'm still thinking of how well you did your thing at the Media Club.

Thanks,
Rosaleen

February 14, 2006
Hello Dawn from Diane Laird,

Thank you very much for the Archibald info on your site. I had not really taken a look at your site until this morning as I had only googled Edith Jessie and saw only her page.

Now that I have read your bio and looked a bit more I must congratulate you! What a good idea!
 

September 2013

A handwritten note was received from the Monteith Women's Institute expressing thanks for a great talk at the last meeting.

Most of the emails that have come to Famous Canadian Women in the last few years have contained requests for information about individual or specific groups. Most of the comments received now come through the Face Book page on Famous Canadian Women with some comments coming through Pinterest.

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