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Events listed relate to Canadian women with a few extra items added to give the timeline perspective.

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1970
 

 

1970 - The Canada Royal Commission on the Status of Women tables a report with recommendations to eliminate sexual inequality in Canada
1979 -
The Canadian Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders

1970 -
The Velvet Fist
begins publication from the Toronto Women's Caucus (TWC)

1970 -
Sue Johanson (1930-   ) opens in Don Mills Birth Control Clinic, the 1st such clinic in a High school in North America

1970 - With the approval of three doctors abortion becomes available in some hospitals on a case-by case basis Source: http://herstory.womenspace.ca/timeline.html )

April - May 1970 -
The Vancouver Women's Caucus organizes the Abortion Carivan as the first national protest against the abortion laws and calls for their repeal. The Abortion Caravan crosses Canada and stops in Ottawa with a specific demonstration at Parliament.  30 women chain themselves to the parliamentary gallery in the House of Commons, closing the Canadian parliament for the first time in its history
Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

May 11, 1970 - Ella Jean Canfield
(1918-2000) is the 1st woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island

June  1970 -  Dr Henry Morgentaler's office is raided by the police and he is charged with conspiracy to perform an abortion
Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

November 20-21, 1970  -
The 1st national conference of the Canadian Women's Liberation Movement at the University of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1970 -
The Canada Royal Commission on the Status of Women tables a report with recommendations to eliminate sexual inequality in Canada

1970 - Sue Johanson (1930-   ) opens in Don Mills Birth Control Clinic, the 1st such clinic in a High school in North America

1970 - With the approval of three doctors abortion becomes available in some hospitals on a case-by case basis Source: http://herstory.womenspace.ca/timeline.html )


June  1970 - 
Dr Henry Morgentaler's office is raided by the police and he is charged with conspiracy to perform an abortion
Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

November 20-21, 1970  -
The 1st national conference of the Canadian Women's Liberation Movement at the University of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

December 21, 1970 - Elizabeth Magdalena 'Lena' Pederson
(1940-   ) is the 1st woman and the 1st Inuit woman to be elected to the Northwest Territories Council

1970 - Beverly Boys
(1951-   ) is a double Gold medalist at the British Commonwealth Games & is voted by the Canadian Press winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

1970 - The 1st Women's studies courses are offered at the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal and the University of Guelph Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

December 21, 1970 - Elizabeth Magdalena 'Lena' Pederson
(1940-   ) is the 1st woman and the 1st Inuit woman to be elected to the Northwest Territories Council

1970 - The 1st Women's studies courses are offered at the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal and the University of Guelph Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )


Births 1970:
1970 -
Born Sylvia Tennisco (1970 -   ) graphic artist
January 24, 1970 -
Born Lynn Coady (1970-    ) award winning author
April 1970 -
Born Mary Jo "M.J." De Coteau (1970-   ) in 2004 MacLean's named her as one of ten women making a difference
April 22, 1970 -
Born Robbyn Hermitage (1970 -   ) champion badminton player
May 8, 1970 -
Born Naomi Klein (1970-   ) social activist & author
ay 18, 1970 -
Born Vicky Sunohara (1970-   ) Olympic medal winning hockey team member
July 7, 1970 -
Born Cree Summer (1970 -   ) actor
July 28, 1970 -
Born Isabelle Brasseur, (1970 -   ) with Lloyd Eisler, pairs figure skating champions, with world & Olympic Medals.
August 21, 1970 -
Born Carrie-Anne Moss (1970 -   ) international model & actor
October 5, 1970 -
Born Tina Poitras (1970 -   ), top ranked sport walker
November 30, 1970 -
Born Sandra Oh(1970 -   ) actor
December 31, 1970 -
Born Chandra West (1970-   ) actress in TV & movies

Deaths 1970:
January 20, 1970 -
Died Clara Flos Jewell Williams (1889-1970) author
January 23, 1970 -
Died
Nell Shipman (1892-1970) award winning actor, author, screenwriter, director and producer
February 27, 1970 -
Died Marie Dionne (1934-1970) one of the Dionne quintuplets
April 25, 1970 -
Died
Helen Alice Kinnear (1894-1970) 1st woman to plead a case before the Supreme Court of Canada
July 9, 1970 -
Died Flora McCrae Eaton (1879-1970) businesswoman, social activist & author
July 13, 1970 -
Died
Laura Salverson (1890-1970) award winning author
August 1970 - Died Marion Long (1882-1970) portrait painter
August 7, 1970 -
Died
Hannah (Annie) Elizabeth Gale (1876-1970) 1st woman in the British Empire to become an alderman
August 17, 1970 - Died Louise Elizabeth Manny ( 1890-1970) New Brunswick historian & activist
October 20, 1970 -
Died
Judith Jasmin (1916-1972) pioneer & accomplished broadcast journalist
October 22, 1970 -
Died
Pauline Donalda (real name Pauline Lightstone) (1882-1970) internationally renowned opera singer
 
1971 January 1, 1971 - The Ontario Native Women’s Association is established as an Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to empower Aboriginal women 

January 1, 1971 -
Quebecoises deboutte! (Quebec Women Standup), the 1st socialist feminist journal, is founded. It ceases publication in 1974

1971 - The Canadian government modifies the Canadian Labour Code to prohibit discrimination based on sex and to provide for 17 weeks of maternity leave. Maturnity benefits are added to Unemployment Insurance

1971 -
The Province of Quebec allows women to be members of a jury

April 5, 1971 - Frances (Coolin) Phipps
becomes the 1st Canadian Woman to reach the North Pole

1971 -
The University of British Columbia offers the first degree granting program in Woman's Studies. Source: Women's Studies by Renee Bondy in Herizon. Herison.ca (accessed July 2011)

November 12, 1971 - Stewardess Mary Dohey (1933-   )  saves the lives of passengers and crew of an Air Canada flight from a hijacker

1971-
Mabel Margaret Van Camp (1920-2012) is the  1st  woman appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Ontario

1971 - Gwen Landolt
 
forms "The Right to Life", an anti-abortion organization

1971 - Joyce Wieland  (1931-1998.) is the 1st living Canadian woman artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada

1971 -
Robert Andras is appointed the 1st federal minister responsible for the Status of Women. He is the 1st of several men to hold this position Source: Women in History; a timeline by Kirsten Smith, Postmedia News March 9, 2011.

1971 -
Basketball player Noel MacDonald Robertson (1915 -   )  is inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame

1971 - Debbie Van Kiekebelt (1954-   ) Gold medalist in Pentathlon at the Pan American Games and Debbie Brill (1953 -  ) Gold Medalist in the High Jump at the Pan American Games are voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year

Births 1971:
1971 -
Born Nicole Dunsdon (1971 -   ) is crowned the last Miss Canada October 28, 1991
1971 -
Born Barbara Hannigan (1971-   ) opera singer
May 25, 1971 -
Born Nicole Luiken
(1971 -   ), author
June 26, 1971 - Born Christine Nordhagen Virling ( 1971-   ) world wrestling champion.
July 2, 1971 - Born Evelyn Lau
(1971 -   ) author & youngest poet to be nominated for a Governor General's Award.
July 29, 1971 - Born Annie Perreault
(1971 -   ) one of Canada's most decorated Olympians.
October 3, 1971 - Born Angela Kelly (1971-   ) award winning soccer player and coach.

Deaths 1971:
1971 -
Died
Kate Livingston Cumming (1889-1971) Canadian artist
1971 -
Died
Helen Beatrice Palen (1865 - 1971) in1923 she was appointed the Deputy Registrar of the Ontario Securities Commission and went on to be the 1st woman Registrar of the Supreme Court of Ontario
1971 -
Died
Marie Therese Goulet (1912-1971) Métis teacher & author
January 3, 1971 - Born Isabelle Charest-Charbonneau (1971-   ) Olympic medalist in speed skating

January 11, 1971 - Died Aileen Motley Doerksen (1899-1971) teacher & community volunteer
February 14, 1971 -
Died Martha Scarrow (1912-1971) political member of the C.C.F. Party in Ontario.
March 25, 1971 - Died
Anne Douglas Savage ( 1896-1971) pioneer educator & artist
June 23, 1971 - Died Emily Coonan (1885-1971) artist
December 11, 1971 -
Died
Kate Aitken (1891-1971) journalist, author, radio & TV Personality, lecturer, "Busiest woman in the world".
December 15, 1971 - Died
Bernice R. Brown (1905-1971) social activist in PEI
 

1972 January 1, 1972 - Indian Rights for Indian Women is a national organization formed in Alberta

1972 - Muriel McQueen Fergusson
(1899-1997.) is named the 1st woman Speaker of the Senate of Canada and the becomes the 1st woman speaker in the Canadian Parliament

1972 - Jeanne Sauvé (1922-1993) becomes the 1st Quebec Woman in a federal government cabinet when she is appointed as Minister of State for Science and Technology

1972 - The Canadian  Income Tax Act allows the deduction of the cost of child care from the income of working mothers

February 3 - February 17, 1972 - Olympic Winter Games, Sapporo, Japan. Silver Medal: Karen Magnussen (1952-   ) in women's singles figure skating

August 26, 1972  - September 11, 1972 - Olympic Games, Munich, West Germany
Silver Medals: Lesley Cliff
(1955-   )  in women's 400 meter individual swimming medley.
Bronze Medals: Donna Gurr 
(1955-  ) in women's 200 meter swimming backstroke.
Pat Messner (1954-   )  Women's slalom in the demonstration sport of water skiing.


August 30,1972 - Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) is the 1st black woman elected to a provincial legislature as a member of the New Democratic Party in British Columbia Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

1972 - Jocelyn Bourassa (1947-   ) a medal winning golfer, is the 1st Female Athlete Quebec of the Year & Canadian Female Athlete of the Year

1972 -
1st palliative care unit opens at St. Boniface General Hospital, Manitoba. Within weeks Canada’s second Palliative care unit is opened at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec

1972 - The Canadian Newsletter of Research on Women/ Recherches sur la femme-bulletin d'information begins publishing Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1972 -
The Alberta Sexual Sterilization Act (1928) is repealed. 2,822 people had been sterilized. Many of the operations were illegal un the Act itself  Source: Herstory: A Canadian Women's Calendar 2000 Page 72.

1972 - The Toronto Women's Bookstore starts out as a few shelves of books at a Toronto Women's Center on Dupont St. Source: A short history of the Toronto Women's Bookstore The Varsity, University of Toronto, February 4, 2010

1972 - Pat Messner (1954-   ) is  the 1st Canadian woman to win an world gold medal in water skiing. She earns the 1972 Ontario Sport Achievement Award

1972 - Microwave Ovens hit the Canadian market
Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 18

1972 - Eva Von Gencsy (1924-   ) founds Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

1972 -
Toronto policewomen are granted an unpaid maternity leave of twelve weeks. During their leave they will not lose seniority nor suffer a decrease in salary
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

1972 -
The Service, Office, an retail Workers Union of Canada, a feminist union, is formed to organize workers in female dominated occupations not represented by other unions

Births 1972:
1972 - Born Rachel Zimmerman (1972-   ) inventor of a computer program using Bliss symbols to help the speaking impaired communicate
February 16, 1972 -
Born Milaine Clouther (1972-   ) medal winning badminton player
February 24, 1972 - Born Manon Rhéaume (1972-   ) 1st woman to play in the National Hockey League
March 17, 1972 - Melissa Auf Der Maur (1972-   ) rock music performer
April 9, 1972 - Born Karen Clark (1972-   ) medal winning synchronized swimmer
May 16, 1972 - Born
Lucy Slade (1972-2011) medal winning Kayaker & canoeist
June 13, 1972 - Born Natalie MacMaster (1972-   ) champion fiddler
June 19, 1972  -
Born Anna Van Der Kamp
(1972-   ) medal winning rower
August 29, 1972 - Born Amanda Marshall
(1972-   ) singer
September 3, 1972 - Born Christine Boudrias (1972-   ) Olympic medal winning speed skater
September 27, 1972 - Born Clara Hughes
(1972-   ) medal winning cyclist & speed skater
October 10, 1972 - Born Marianne Limpert
(1972-   ) swimmer with 20 national titles and 81 international medals
November 14, 1972 - Born Lori Dupuis (1972-  ) silver & gold medalist in women's Olympic Hockey

Deaths 1972:
1972 - Died Albertine Caron-Legris (1906-1972) pianist, composer & teacher
1972 - Died
Donalda James Dickie (1883-1972) educator & author of school text books
1972 - Died Janet Leys Shaw Mactavish (1925-1972) architect
1972 - Died Ada Kelly Whitney (   -1972) 1st Black teacher in Windsor, Ontario
January 10, 1972 - Died Mary Emma Quayle Innis (1899-1972) noted economic historian
January 24, 1972 - Died Margaret Rae Morrison Lucklock (1893-1972) one of the 1st two women elected to the Ontario Provincial Legislature 1943

March 25, 1972 - Died Beatrice Maude Bradshaw (1885-1972) well respected teacher & administrator in Manitoba
May 2, 1972 - Died Mary McNulty (1895-1972) 1st woman to practice law in the city of Ottawa
June 10, 1972 - Died
Lucille Hunter (1879-1972) Yukon pioneer
July 31, 1972 -
Died
Ethlyn Trapp (1891-1972) 1st  woman president of the  National Cancer Institute of Canada
November 1972 - Died Judy Hill (   -1972) northern Canadian nurse killed in plane crash
 

1973 January 1, 1973 - The provincial government of Quebec establishes the Council on the Status of Women

January 1973 -
Day Care For Everyone begins publication. It is published by the Daycare Organizing Committee, Toronto, Ontario

January 20, 1973 -
The Ontario Teachers' Federation holds an Early Childhood Conference at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology

April 1, 1973 -
Interval House, Toronto, is the 1st women's shelter opened for women from abusive lives

April 3, 1973 - Mary Elizabeth Kinnear (1898-1991) retires from the Senate of Canada having served from 1967
Source: Obituary, New York Times, December 28, 1991. ; Senate of Canada Biographies Online (accessed July 2014)

1973 -
The Montreal Gay Women publish the 1st Canadian lesbian journal, Long Time Coming

1973 - The National Native Women’s Association is established in Winnipeg, Manitoba

1973 - Sylvia Olga Fedoruk (1927-    ) is the 1st woman appointed to the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada

1973 - The 1st rape crisis telephone line is Canada is opened by Vancouver Rape Relief Source:  http://herstory.womenspace.ca/timeline.html

Fall 1973 -
A group of women in Edmonton Alberta meet and launch Branching Out a magazine of national interest published and produced entirely by women.  It features original fiction, poetry, photography and aretwork and includes article on topical women's issues

November 13, 1973 - Henry Morgentaler is acquitted of illegal abortion charges in Montreal

1973 - 5 undergraduate courses in Women's studies are offered at the University of British Columbia , the first academically credited women's studies program in Canada Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1973 - Rosella Bjornson (1947-   ) is the 1st woman to be hired as First Officer in North America on scheduled jet equipment and the 1st woman hired by a commercial air line in Canada. She is also the 1st woman to e a member of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association 

1973 - The Supreme Court of Canada Rules against Irene Murdock in her family property Case stating that the farm belongs to her husband because women are not recognized as making an economic contribution to family property.  It is not until 1977 that there are reforms to matrimonial property laws to recognize the economic contribution of women's domestic labour 

1973 - Karen Magnussen (1952-   ) wins the World Figure Skating Championship is voted by the Canadian Presss as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year.

Births 1973:
March 13, 1973 - Born Allison Higson (1973-   ) world record holder in the breast stroke swimming
April 23, 1973 - Born Paige Parenti-Gordon (1973-   ) diver who won medals at Commonwealth Games & Olympian
May 18, 1973 -
Born Chantal Kreviazuk (1973-  ) award winning musician & singer
September 7, 1973 - Born Emily Molnar (1973-   ) award winning ballet dancer & choreographer
November 9, 1973 -
Born Gabrielle Miller (1973-  ) Canadian TV & movie actor
November 22, 1973 - Born Cassie Campbell (1973-  ) hockey player with 21 team medals national and Olympic
December 5, 1973 - Born Shalom Harlow (1973-   ) top supermodel & actor


Deaths 1973:
1973 -
Died
Dorothy Jenkins (1889-1973) Canadian figure skating champion
1973 -
Died
Vera L. Parsons (1889-1973) 1st woman lawyer to appear before a judge & jury in Canada
April 26, 1973 -
Died Norma Abernethy (1914-1973) pianist & teacher
September 17, 1973 - Died
Mary Susanne Edgar (1889-1973) youth leader & camp founder & director
November 1973 - Alberta Letts (   -1973) librarian
December 14, 1973 - Died
Sybil Johnson-Dunfield (1887-1973) nursing sister World War l
 

1974 January 1, 1974 - The Quebec Native Women Inc. is established to promote issues of non-violence & justice

1974 - The 1st National Conference on Women in Sport is held in Toronto. This leads the way to the creation of Sport's Canada's Women's Program Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 http://cdnwomen.org.

April 10, 1974 - Pauline McGibbon
  (1910-2001)   is sworn in as the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario (1974-1980) & became the 1st Canadian woman to obtain such a position

1974 - The National Film Board of Canada opens Studio D. This is the 1st women's English film studio in the world. It will produce  films from a women's perspective Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 http://cdnwomen.org.

1974 - 17 year old Lucille Lessard (1957-  ) is the 1st Canadian to win the  World Field Archery Championships & that same year she is receives the Elaine Tanner Award as Canadian Junior Female Athlete of the Year

1974 - Women comprise 80% of librarians in Canada while men held 90% of administrative positions within the profession
Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1974 - Pauline Jewett
 (1922-1992)  is appointed president of Simon Fraser University, the 1st woman to be head of a major co-educational university in Canada

1974 - CORA, the Feminist Bookmobile, is launched by Judith Quinlan & Ellen Woodsworth to take feminist literature to rural areas of Ontario

June 1974 -
Toronto Police women are 1st placed on regular patrol duties with men. The women are expected to do the same work as male colleagues
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

July 8, 1974 - Semma Holt (1922-2015), is the 1st Jewish woman elected to a seat in the House of Commons, Ottawa

August 16, 1974 -
Long distance swimmer, 16 year old Cindy Nicholas (1957-   ) breaks the record for a crossing of Lake Ontario.

August 22, 1974 - The 1st Assembly of Native Women's Association of Canada is held

September 17, 1974 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police accept 4 women recruits, the 1st females to join the force.

1974 - Virnetta Anderson
(1920-2006) is elected to the Calgary City Council, the 1st Black Albertan to be elected to a major political position

November 1974 - Gladys Jolly becomes the 1st woman to command men assigned to a police station in Toronto, Ontario. Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

November 19, 1974 - Norma Scarborough
(1918-2009) founds the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League / Association canadienne pour le droit d'avortement (CARAL/ACDA). It is the 1st national group promoting abortion rights in Canada

1974 -
Medical doctor Major Wendy Clay  (1942-   ) qualifies for her pilot's wings six years before the pilot classification of the Canadian Armed Forces is opened to all women Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1974 - The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is established. Source : www.anac.on.ca

1974 - Catherine Parr Trail
(1802-1899), pioneer and author is designated a National Historic Person by the Historic Sites and Monument Board. An historic plaque is erected at Young's Point, Ontario in 1995.

1974 - Constance R. Glube,
(1931 -   ) ONS becomes the 1st Canadian woman to be appointed as City Manager 

1974 -
The CBC produces a documentary on the life of Myra Bennett (1890-1990), a nurse who served in Newfoundland and Labrador. She held the honours of the Order of the British Empire & the Order of Canada

1974- Wendy Cook (1956-   ) is voted by the Canadian Press as the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year


Births 1974:

May 25, 1974 -
Born Madeleine Thien (1974-  ) award winning author
June 1, 1974 -
Born Alanis Morissette,(1974-   ) award winning singer
July 7, 1974 - Born Jennifer Jones (1974-   ) international medalist in Curling.
July 13, 1974 - Born Deborah Cox (1974-   ) rhythm & blues singer.
August 1, 1974 -
Born Beckie Scott, (1974-   ) Olympic gold medalist in Cross Country skiing.
September 3, 1974 - Born Amanda Lynn Mayhew (1974-   ) model, magazine editor & entrepreneur
October 28, 1974 - Born Naida Cole (1974-   ) piano soloist

Deaths 1974:
January 24, 1974 -
Died
Enid Finley Gordon (!896-1974) pioneer of physiotherapy being recognized as a profession
June 18, 1974 - Died
Annie Harvie Ross Foster (1875-1974) nurse turned author and journalist
August 17, 1974 -
Died
Cecilia Krieger (1894-1974) noted mathematician

September 4, 1974 - Died
Sarah Persis Johnson Darrach (1886-1974) WW l nurse, matron of nursing Brandon Manitoba, Order of the British Empire
October 1974 - Died Kathleen Jean Munn (1887-1974) artist
December 15, 1974 - Died Helen Griffith Wylie Watson (1911-1974) award winning nurse and officer in the Order of Canada
December 31, 1974 - Died Grace Ellen Hewson Knight (1885- 1974) lawyer, fourth woman to be called to the bar in Ontario
 
1975
 
1975 - The United Nations declares International Women's Year 1975 - it will become a whole decade 1976-1985!

1975 - The World YWCA Councils holds its meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 450 delegates participate from 70 member countries

1975 - Women's income is 60% of the average men's income


1975 - Grace Hartman
(1918-1993.) is  elected to the national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and is the first woman to hold the top position in a Canadian Union

February 18, 1975 - Sylvia Ostry (1927-    ) is the 1st woman to hold the rank of Deputy Minister in the government of Canada.

May 30, 1975 - The Canadian Post Office issues a commemorative stamp honouring the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), founder of the Congregation de Notre-Dame de Montréal. Mother Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized
(declared a Saint) in the Roman Catholic Church in October 1982


June 19-July 2,1975 - The United Nations hosts the 1st international conference on women in Mexico City

1975 -
The Ontario Women's Hockey Association is formed

Summer 1975 -
Nicole Juteau (1954 -  ) becomes the 1st Police woman in the Province of Quebec Source: Pionnières Québecoise accessed June 2013.

July 7, 1975 - Rosemary Brown
(1930-2003)  is the 1st woman to run for the leadership of a federal party. She loses the  New Democratic leadership race to Ed Broadbent

October 12-26, 1975 - Christilot Hanson Boylen (1947-   ) becomes the only athlete to achieve three individual gold medals in Pan Am Game History when she competes in the equestrian events

1975 - Cathy Townsend
(
1937-   )   is the 1st Canadian woman to win the Bowling Cup

1975 - Nancy Garapick
(1961-   ) who set the world record in the 200 metre backstroke is voted by the Canadian Press as the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

1975 - Lyn Harrington
(1911-   ) wins the Vicky Metcalfe Award for her contribution to children’s Literature  Source: “Broadcast pioneer charmed all she met…” by Susan Ferrier MacKay and Allison Lawlor. The Globe and Mail May 4, 2013.

1975 - Dow Chemical introduces the Zip Lock sandwich bag Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas: Women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1975 - The Historic Sites and Monument Board erect an historic plaques for National Historic Person, Catherine Parr Trail (1802-1899), pioneer and author at Young's Point, Ontario

1975 - The Canadian Committee on Women’s History is founded

1975 - ISKWEW: Newsletter of the Saskatchewan Native Women is published to serve the community of Prince Albert and all Native Women in Canada

Births 1975:
January 28, 1975 -
Born Anne Montming (1975-   ) winner of 19 international medals in the sport of diving
June 26, 1975 - Born Marie-Nicole Lemieux (1975-   ) award winning opera singer
September 6, 1975 -
Born Juliette Kang
(1975-   ) internationally celebrated violinist
November 30, 1975 - Born Waneek Horn-Miller (1975-   ) Indigenous social activist & medalist in water-polo

Deaths 1975:
1975 -
Died
Frances Lillian Fish (1888-1975) 1st woman graduate Dalhousie University with a Law Degree & 1st woman called to the Bar in NS
1975 - Born Joanna Karczmarek (1975-  ) Olympic medalist in Physics & academic
1975 - Died
Kathryn Agnes McCloskey (!883-1975)  pioneer civil servant in External Affairs Department
1975 -
Died
Katharine McLennan (1892-1975) historian who was passionate about the restoration of Louisbourg
1975 -
Died
Martha Morkin (1886-1975) nurse in World War l
1975 -
Died
Florence Jessie Murray (1894-1975) Presbyterian medical missionary in Asia who was decorated by King of Denmark for her service
J
anuary 3, 1975 -
Died Mary Evelyn Gannon (1900-1975) author of the Just Mary & Maggy Muggins stories for youth
January 22, 1975 -
Died
Laure Gaudreault (1889-1975) social activist, educator & journalist who organized Quebec rural teachers
January 25, 1975 -
Died
Charlotte Whitton (1896-1975) social activist, politician, & 1st woman mayor of a large urban centre in Canada (Ottawa)
February, 1975 - Died
Anna Mae Aquash (1945-1976) social activist on behalf of Aboriginal North Americans
February 22, 1975 - Died
Kateryna Antonovych (1887-1975) artist
May 3, 1975 - Died
Sarah (Nini) Fischer, (1896-1975) internationally renowned soprano, honorary member of the Royal College of Music in London
May 14, 1975 - Died
Hilda Neatby (1904-1975), historian, author, educator, & critic of the Canadian education system
June 29, 1975 - Died
Annie Langstaff (1887 - 1975) 1st woman to receive a degree in Law from McGill University in 1914-1915
September 24, 1975 - Died
Patricia Lowther (1935-1975) respected poet, the Patricia Lowther Award now honours the best Canadian Poets
October 10, 1975 - Died
Susan Olivia Poole (1889-1975) inventor of the Jolly Jumper
December 31, 1975 -
Died
Clara Hoffer (1887-1975) Outstanding farmer & community leader
 

1976 1976 - The 1st 'Reclaim the Night' (now Take Back the Night) march is held in Belgium. Canada's 1st march in 1978

1976 - Iona Campagnolo
(1932-  ) is appointed the 1st woman federal Minister of Sport for Canada

February 4-15, 1976 - Olympic Winter Games,
Innsbruck, Austria. Gold Medals: Kathy Kreiner in women's giant slalom alpine skiing.  Silver Medals; Catherine Priestner  is the 1st Canadian woman to win an individual medal in speed skating  in the 500 metre event. The 1st ice Dancing medal event is held at these games

February 16, 1976 -
Stewardess Mary Dohey (1933-   ) becomes the 1st living person to receive the Cross of Valour in recognition for saving the lives of passengers & crew of an Air Canada flight in 1971

July 14, 1976 - The death penalty is abolished in Canada

July 17- 31, 1976 -  Olympic Games,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Gold Medals: Cheryl Gibson (1959-   ), in women's 400 meter individual swimming medley. Bronze medals; Nancy Garapick (1961-   ),in Women's 100 meter and 200 meter swimming backstroke; Shannon Smith (1961-   )  women's 400 meter swimming freestyle; Becky Smith  (1959-   ), in 400 meter individual swimming medley; Gail Amundrud (1957-   ), Barbara Clark (1958-   ), Becky Smith (1959-   ) and Anne Jardin (1959-   ) in women's 4X 100 swimming freestyle relay; Wendy Cook (1956-   ), Robin Corsiglia, (1962-   ) Susan (Smith) Kelsey (1958-   ) and Anne Jardin (1959-   )  in women's 4X 100 swimming medley relay Source: Canadian Olympic Committee.

August 31, 1976 - Carallyn Bowes arrives in Burnaby, British Columbia after running the 6,180 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia in just 133 days. She is the 1st woman to run across Canada. She wore out 13 pairs of shoes during her run

November 7, 1976 -
The United Nations adopts the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

December  5, 1976 -
The 1st Canadian women to be granted the Rhodes Scholarships to continue their education are selected. Melanie Dobson, Mary Sheppard, Eileen Gillespie and Jessie Sloan head for Oxford University. Previously Rhodes Scholarships had been available only to men

1976 - Sue Holloway  (1955-   )  is the 1st Canadian woman to ever compete in both winter and summer Olympic Games in the same year

1976 - Kathy Kreiner
(1957-   ) Gold medalist in skiing at the Winter Olympic Games is voted by the Canadian Press winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's top Female Athlete of the Year

1976 - Roberta Jamieson (1953-   ) is the 1st Aboriginal woman in Canada to become a lawyer
Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

1976 - Jean Bessie Lumb (1919-2002) becomes the 1st Chinese Canadian to be inducted into the Order of Canada

1976 - MATCH International Centre, a Canadian-based non-governmental organization, is established  by Canadian women following their attendance at the 1975 United Nations Conference for Women held in Mexico City. It is created to bring to life a feminist vision of what development work can, and should, mean: equality, dignity, opportunity, and a better life for women and men, the world over

1976 - Eaton's Department Stores closes their catalogue services after several years of losses exceeding millions of dollars. It is the death of a Canadian tradition

Births 1976:
1976 -
Born Melanie Mark (1976-   ) 1st First Nations woman to be elected to the legislature of British Columbia
January 24, 1976 -
Born Shae-Lynn Bourne (1976-   ) international champion figure skater in ice dance
March 19, 1976 -
Born Rachel Blanchard (1976-   ) actor
April 10, 1976 - Born Sara Renner (1976-   ) award winning & Olympic skier
August 27, 1976 -
Born Sarah Chalke (1976-  ), Star of TV and movies
October 21, 1976 - Born Melanie Turgeon (1976   ) medal winning alpine skier

Deaths 1976:
February 2, 1976 -
Died
Dorthea Mitchell (1877-1976) amateur filmmaker, actor, director, screenwriter & author
April 7, 1976 -
Died Born Rebecca Belle Watson (1911? - 1976) Vancouver, British Columbia Community Activist
June 24, 1976 - Died Monique Correveau (1927-1976) award winning author of French language books for children
August 13, 1976 - Died
Dorothy Dworkin (1889-1976) established the Toronto Jewish Convalescent & Maternity Hospital later named Mount Sinai Hospital
August 28, 1976 - Died Ethel Matilda Chapman (1888-1976) home sciences journalist in Ottawa, Ontario
November 22, 1976 -
Died
Leila Wightman (1899-1976) the 1st Canadian woman to own & run a telephone company 1947
November 28,1976 - Died Mona Parsons (1901-1976) used her home in the Netherlands a refuge for escaping allied airmen until she was captured by the Germans
December 22, 1976 -
Died
Olive Evangeline Diefenbaker (1902-1976) 1st wife of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.(1895-1979)  
December 31, 1976 - Died
Ethel Ostry (1904-1976) Social activist and volunteer provincially, nationally & with the United Nations
 

1977 1977 - The Canadian Citizenship Act is amended to allow women to confer Canadian Citizenship on their children

March 22, 1977 - The photo image of movie star Bridgette Bardot hugging a seal hits the world press wires. It was a tactic in the international animal rights activities in Northern Newfoundland Source: 100 days that changed Canada. (Toronto: Harper Collins, 2011)

1977- Patricia Proudfoot
is the 1st woman appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court.

1977 - The National Association of Indian Rights for Indian Women is formed to challenge discriminatory sections in the  Indian Act

1977 - Sandra Lovelace
Nicholas (1948-   ), an aboriginal woman from Tobique Reserve, New Brunswick, appeals to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) against the injustice of Canada's Indian Act which gave native status through the male head of the household. The UNHRC would rule in Lovelace's favour Source: Many names to consider by Thomas Axworthy in The Ottawa Citizen Monday, April 11, 2005 pg. A13.

1977 - Mary Wong of Hamilton Ontario becomes the 1st Canadian of Chinese descent to be appointed as a Citizenship Court Judge

1977 - Highway signs appear in metric system

1977 - The Manitoba Bar admits Lawyer Marion Ironquil Meadmore (1936-   ) as the 1st Aboriginal Canadian woman to be called to the bar Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)


1977 – The Canadian Voice for Women for Peace is accredited with Observation Status at the United Nations Source: Lisa Wajna, Great Canadian Women: Nineteen Portraits of Extraordinary Women (Folklore Publishing, 2005)

1977 - Melanie Dobson, Mary Sheppard, Eileen Gillespie and Jessie Sloan are the 1st Canadian women to win Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University in England Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)  

1977 - Cindy Nicholas (1957-2016) is the 1st woman and fastest person to complete a double crossing swimming of the English Channel is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Awards as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year

1977 -
The 1st home pregnancy test is available Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1977 - Simpson's Sears catalogue services is bought out and becomes Sears Canada Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues
http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html December 2004.

Births 1977:
1977 -
Born Natasha Cecily Bacchus (1977-   ) track athlete
April 14, 1977 - Born Jessica Rakoczy (1977-   ) World Lightweight boxing champion
June 28, 1977 - Born Measha Bruggergosman (1977-   ) international respected opera singer

December 31, 1977 - Born Tammy Lee "Barbie" Shewchuk-Dryden (1977-   ) award winning national team hockey player

Deaths 1977:
February 2, 1977 -
Died Elizabeth 'Betty' Gardner Taylor-Campbell (1922-1977) Olympic medial winner in track & field
April 15, 1977 -
Died Alexa Stirling Fraser (1897-1977)  golfing champion.
July 16, 1977
- Died
Verna Marguerite 'Marg' Osborne (1926-1977) singer of country, folk & gospel with Don Messer's Jubilee.
July 26. 1977 -
Died Gena Brancombe (1881-1977) composer, choir conductor, teacher and pianist.
September 16, 1976 - Died Anne ‘Tagish Anne’ Graham (1914-1976) Yukon businesswoman
October 23, 1977
- Died Beatrice Sifton Nasmyth Furniss (1884-1977) one of only 4 Canadian women allowed behind the Lines in WW l France.
November 27, 1977 - Died Marie-Rose Turcot (1887-1977) author and journalist
December 6, 1977 - Died
Josephine A. Daphinee (1875-1977) a founder of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women
December 24, 1977 - Died Florence Durrell Clark (1891-1977) musician & composer
December 25, 1977 -
Died
Emma Caslor (1913-1977) folksinger and pianist.
 

1978 1978 - The Canadian Labour Code is amended to eliminate pregnancy as a basis for lay-off or dismissal from a job

1978 -
The 1st Take Back the Night March is held in cities across the country to protest rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and to reclaim the streets

September 21, 1978 -
The Canadian Post office issues a commemorative stamp celebrating the life of Marguerite d'Youville (1701-1771) founder of the "Grey Nuns"

1978 -
Airline flight attendants gain the right to work after they are married & after they reach the age of 32

1978 - Judy Cameron
is
the 1st woman pilot hired by Air Canada

1978 - Birth control pills carry warnings of health risk for smokers & women over forty years of age

1978 - Statistics Canada  reports that women university graduates earned $4,000 to $7,000 less than men with equivalent. jobs and skills

September 15 - June 7, 1976 - A long strike of INCO nickel workers in Sudbury, Ontario is supported by Wives Supporting the Strike group. This group supports the community by organizing a Christmas party for some 10,00 children, and some of the members participate in the Toronto International Women's Day March in Toronto in 1979

November 4, 1978 -
Members of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter participate in the 1st 'Take Back The Night' march in San Francisco, California and organize the 1st Canadian 'Take Back The Night March' Source: Lee Lakeman, member of VRR&WS. 

1978 - Helen Marie Rathwell, A Saskatchewan farm wife,  wins a landmark decision, from the  Supreme Court of Canada which grants half the property acquired in her husband’s name

1978 - Lyn Cook
(1918 -   ) wins the Vicky Metcalf Award for her contribution to Children's Literature. she literarily developed the prototype of the hyphenated Canadian ( i.e. Finnish-Canadian) Sources: “Lyn Cook” by Ruth Maydan in Profiles, Canadian Library Association, 1971. ; Creating the National Mosaic. Multiculturalism in Canadian Children’s Literature 1950-1994 by Miriam Verena Rihter.

1978 - The Canadian Omnibus Bill is passed, eliminating pregnancy as a basis for layoff or dismissal.

1978 - The Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire officially become the I.O.D.E.

1978 -
The Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, Montreal is founded 'to promote the understanding of the historical and contemporary situation of women in society.' Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1978 - Corporal Gail Toupin
is the 1st woman member of the Sky Hawks, the Canadian Army's skydiving demonstration team Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1978 -
Rachelle Halpenny (1950-2012)  participated in the 4th international Cerebral Palsy Games winning 3 gold and 2 bronze medals for Canada Sources: “Life Story” by Joanne Lovett Potter, Ottawa Citizen February 2, 2013. ; “Rachelle Halpenny: A woman first, an athlete second and way at the other end of the scale, disabled” by Lyse Blanchard in Canadian Woman Studies Spring 1983; Personal friendship.   

1978 - The Canadian Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union merges with the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union

1978 - Cookie Cartwright organizes the Ontario Woman's Hockey Association helped by Rhonda Taylor & Bev Mallory

1978 - Diane Jones-Konihowski
(1951-   ) Gold medalist in Pentathlon at the British Commonwealth Games is voted by the Canadian Press as the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

Births: 1978:
1978 -
Born Esi Edugyan (1978-   ) Aboriginal leader and social activist
July 23, 1978 -
Born Heather Moyse (1978-   ) winning rugby player and Olympic medalist in bobsledding
April 26, 1978 - Born Stana Kastic (1978-    ) actor
November 17, 1978 - Born Rachel Anne McAdams (1978-   ) actor

Deaths 1978:
1978 -
Died
Margaret Helen Brown (1887 - 1978) author & editor who shared her talents as a missionary
May 9, 1978 - Died
Dorothy Steeves (1895-1978) social activist & Member of British Columbia Legislature 1934-1945
September 18, 1978 -
Died
Gertrude 'True' Davidson (1901-1978) teacher, writer, & municipal politician
November 18, 1978 -
Died Rose Marie Reid (1906-1978) swim suit fashion icon & entrepreneur
December 26, 1978 - Died Rene M. Caisse (1888-1978) nurse who developed ESSIAC, what she thought was a cure to some cancer
 
1979 January 20, 1979 - Ione Christensen (1933-   ) becomes the 1st woman to serve as Yukon Territorial Commissioner

1979 -
The1rst female students enrolled in Canadian military colleges Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

February 15, 1979 - Anne Murray
(1945-   ) wins Grammy Award for top Female Vocalist

May 19-May 21, 1979 -
The 1st Bi-National Lesbians Conference/
Conference Lesbienne Bi-Nationale is held in Toronto,

June 4, 1979 - Flora Isabel MacDonald
(1926-2015) becomes the 1st woman to hold a major cabinet position as Secretary of State for External Affairs

June 10, 1979 -
The Feminist Party of Canada is launched in Toronto

July 19, 1979 -
The Indian Women's March begins as 28 women begin a 160 km walk from the Oka Reserve in Quebec to Ottawa. They are protesting gender discrimination of the Indian Act

Summer 1979 -
Grapevine is 1st published by the Lesbian Mother's Defense Fund. It hopes to become a place for writing about day to day lives so other women can see the common ground we all stand on in fighting for a better life or ourselves and our children. It ceases publication in 1985

1979 -
Pamela Anne McDougall (1925-   ) is the 1st Foreign Service Officer to reach the rank of Deputy Minister when she is appointed DM for Health and Welfare Canada Source: Margaret Weiers, Envoys Extraordinary: Women of the Canadian Foreign Service (Toronto: Dundurn, 1995) 

1979 - Herizon, Canada's feminist magazine begins publishing as a regional newspaper Source: Herizon.ca (accessed July 2011)

1979 -
Broadside, a ground breaking Canadian feminist newspapers that runs for ten years begins publication. It is mostly run by volunteer efforts of a group of political activists

1979 -
HealthSharing
publishes its 1st issue as a groundbreaking magazine providing critical information on women's health from a non-medical perspective. It ceased publication in 1993

1979 -
Tightwire: from Kingston Prison for Women 
is published from the Prison for Women (P4W) Kingston, Ontario to give incarcerated women an artistic platform and also inform  readers of current proposals. It is published through 1993. P4W closed in 2000

1979 -
Intercede is formed as a volunteer advocacy group of foreign domestic workers and feminist supporters to raise awareness and lobby the federal and provincial governments for changes in legislation. In 2011 the  their services were taken over by Toronto's Working Women Community Centre

1979 -
The University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario establishes an undergraduate BA program in Women's studies
Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1979 - Pat Messner
(1954-   ) is the 1st Canadian woman to win a world championship in waterskiing taking the  Gold Medal in women's slalom at water skiing world Championship. Pat has also taken 18 Canadian championship title from 1965-1979. She is athlete of the Year for Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

1979 - Nellie J. Cournoyea
 ( 1940-    )  is elected to the Legislature of the Northwest Territories and becomes the 1st native woman to lead a provincial territorial government in Canada

1979 -
Jean Casselman-Wadds (1920-2011) is the 1st woman appointed as Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.

November 4, 1979 -
Laverna Katie Dollimore (1922-2011) administrative diplomatic civil servant aides in saving American Diplomats during the Iranian revolution Source: Remembering Laverna Dollimore a woman ahead of her time by Robert Wright. Ottawa Citizen November 4, 2011; She got more adventure than she bargained for in Tehran by Nora Ryell The Globe and Mail, December 13, 2011. Page R5.  

1979 - Sandra Post (1948-   ) is second on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour earns more prize money in a single year than an previous Canadian Golfer. She is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year & wins the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year

December 6, 1979 - Heroine Shannon O'Brien saved her son from drowning. She was awarded the Canadian Star of Courage for her deed
. Source: The Beginners Guide to Canadian Honours by Christopher McCreery

1979 - Rosella Bjornson (1947-   ) is the 1st pregnant commercial air pilot!! Source Rosella Bjornson Canadian Hall of Fame inductee . Canadian Ninety-nines http://www.canadian99s.org/articles/P_bjornson.htm (accessed July 18, 2005)

1979 - Ione Christensen
(1933 - ) becomes the Commissioner of the Yukon Territories

1979 - Eleanor Reed Townsend (1944-1988) became the 1st woman to win the open class (open to both men and women) national fiddle competition

1979 -
50th Anniversary of the Persons Case. 7 women are awarded the Governor's General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.  Eileen Tallman Sufrin (1913-2000)  a social activist who led Eaton's Employees in an attempt to unionize. Dr Elizabeth Bagshaw Pioneer in providing women with information and advice on birth control The Honourable Thérèse Casgrain (1886-1981) Senator and leader in obtaining the vote for women in Quebec. Sophia Dixon (1900-1994) a social activist who worked in support of the co-operative movement and of rural women's organizations; Mary Two-Axe Early (1911-1996) a social activist ensuring rights for native Indian women are equal to those of native Indian men; Dr. Grace MacInnis (1905-1991) a social activist and member of parliament who advocated women's rights and improvement of women's living and working conditions; Marion Royce 1st director of the Women's Bureau in the federal Department of Labour

Births 1979:
January 8, 1979 -
 Born Sarah Polly(1979-   ) actor
January 21, 1979 - Born lana Miller (1979-   ) actor
August 3, 1979 - Born Lilly Evangeline (1979-   ) actor
August 12, 1979 - Born Cindy Klassen (1979-   ) medal winning world champion speed skater
October 31, 1979 - Born Helen Lesley Upperton (1979-   ) bobsled medalist in World Cup and Olympic Games
November 30, 1979
 - Born Severn Cullis-Suzuki (1979 -   ) international environmentalist
December 7, 1979 - Born Dana Ellis (1979-  ), track & field medal holder

Deaths 1979:
1979 -
Died
Elizabeth Miriam Janzen Dreger (1917/1918 - 1979) social activist
1979 -
Died
Frances Hawkins (1891-1979) teacher in Japan & for World War ll Japanese Canadian in inductee camps
1979 -
Died Vera Alexandra Robinson (1897?-1979) early Canadian Law Librarian
May 1979 -
Died
Faustina Adelaide Kelly-Cook (1895-1979) physician & tireless volunteer
May 18, 1879 -
Died
Phoebe Florence Miller (1889-1979) author of poems & greeting card verse from Newfoundland
May 29, 1978 -
Died Elizabeth Catherine Shalla (1890-1978) diarist in Renfrew County Ontario, in 1st Polish settlement
October 15, 1979 -
Died Gladys Cameron MacGregor Watt (   - 1979) Canadian live theatre & historical building conservator
November 12, 1979 - Died
Elizabeth 'Bonnie' Bjarnarson (1893-1979) trained nurse awarded the Manitoba Good Citizenship Award for meritorious service
December 15, 1979 - Died Adelaide Ruth Boswell (1896-1979) music teacher, historian, & restorer of historic sites in Prince Edward Island
 

   

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