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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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2000
 

2000 - 52% of victims of violent crimes are women

January 12, 200
0 – Beverly McLachlin (1943-   ) becomes the 1st female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

January 17, 2000 -
Canada Post issues a commemorative stamp honouring Dr Maude Abbott (1869-1940) an internationally acclaimed expert in the human heart


February 11, 2000 -
The Ontario University Athletics women's ice hockey program saw its longest game take place. The University of Toronto's Rhonda Mitchell scored on a 35-foot slap shot. It was the 5:07 mark of the eighth period and the Varsity Blues defeated York University. Although the victory allowed the University  of Toronto to advance to the OUA gold medal game, it was the longest in the history of Canadian women's hockey (since broken). The game lasted over five hours and ten minutes. York's player of the game was goaltender Debra Ferguson, as she valiantly made 63 saves over 125 minutes

February 21, 2000 - Lynda Maureen Haverstock (1948-   ) is sworn in as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

April 17, 2000 - Pat Duncan
(1960-   ) is elected Premier of the Yukon

2000
§  The Figure Skating Association originally formed in 1939 becomes Skate Canada

May 5, 2000 - Nycole Trumel (1942-   ) is the 1st woman & and 1st Francophone to become president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

May 28, 2000 -
the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in front of the War Memorial in Ottawa. The tomb would have a clear cover over the casket for several days before the permanent cover was finally added

June 20, 2000 - Elizabeth 'Betty' Kennedy (1926-   ) is appointed to the Senate of Canada

July 2000 -
the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W) is closed being replaced by a network of smaller, regions facilities and an Aboriginal healing lodge. This was a recommendation of the Arbor Report which was commissioned to look into actions of the prison’s Institutional Emergency Response Team (TERT) of April 26, 1994 Source: The night Raid at Kingston’s Prison for Women by Sierra Baquie. Section15.ca (Accessed  2009)

August 14, 2000 -
Salmon Arm, British Columbia dedicates a memorial to all Canadian Women who served in the World War l, World War ll and the Korean War Source: "Canadian Women's Military Service (Memorial Number: 59014-010)". Directorate of History and Heritage. Online (Accessed January 2016)

2000 - A 6’4” bronze statue of a member of the Canadian Women's Army Corp by sculptor André Gauthier is erected in front of the Kitchener Armory in Kitchener, Ontario

October 17, 2000 -
World March of Women Against Poverty is held in countries around the world

October 31, 2000 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 recognizing the undervalued and underutilized contributions that women make to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and peace building; and at the same time stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security. It is the 1st time the Security Council addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women Source: Sally Armstrong, Assent of Women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013)

2000 - Maryse Carmichael, a captain with the Canadian Air Force, is the first female pilot to fly with the Canadian Forces' national aerobatic team, the Snowbirds

2000 - Nycole Turmel
( 1942-   ) becomes the 1st woman (and 1st Francophone) president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 (accessed 2005) .

2000 - Catriona Le May Doan (1970-  ) becomes the 1st Canadian individual to successfully defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games

2000 - Canadian women's Hockey team wins Olympic Gold medal

October 18-29 2000 - Stephanie Dixon
(1984-   ) wins 5 gold medals in swimming a record for the most gold medals won by a Canadian at a single games
Source: Lisa Wajna, Great Canadian Women: Nineteen Portraits of Extraordinary Women. (Folklore Publishing, 2005)

2000 - Lorie Kane (1964-   ) winner of three Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour events is voted as the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

2000 - Susan Ursel
(1958-  ) is inducted into the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives' National Portrait Collection in recognition of her legal services, mainly Pro Bono, to the Lesbian and Gay community
Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

October 18, 2000 - Famous Five monument is unveiled. It is located near the Senate entrance of the Canada's Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario

2000 - Employment Insurance benefits are expanded to allow payments for up to a year for natural and adoptive parents

2000 - The Chief of the Maritime Staff of the Canadian Forces announces that
women may now serve in submarines Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

2000 - Margaret Eleanor Atwood (1939-  ) wins the coveted BOOKER Prize in literature for her book The Blind Assassin

2000 - National Nursing History Collection is established in agreement with the Canadian Nurses" Association, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the National Archives of Canada Source : Canadian Nurses Foundation online (accessed June 2004)

2000 - Television advertisements for birth control pills appear for the 1st time
Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

2000 - Shawandithit (ca 1801-1829) is designated a National Historic Person by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

2000 - Mayann Elizabeth Francis (1946-  ) is the 1st woman appointed as Ombudsman for Nova Scotia Source: Office of Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor online. Accessed June 2011.

Births 2000:
June 13, 2000 -
Born Penny Oleksiak (2000-   ) international & Olympic swimming champion

Deaths 2000:
2000-
Died
Susan Gertrude Jasper (1902-2000) social activist
2000 -
Died Mary Belle Barclay (1901-2000) co- founder of hostelling in North America
January 22, 2000-
Died
Anne Hébert (1916-2000) award winning poet, playwright, & novelist
February 21. 2000 - Died Violet Archer (1913-2000) musician and award winning composer
March 2, 2000 -
Died Sandra Schmirler (1963-2000) World & Olympic Champion curler
March 9, 2000 -
Died Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) composer & educator awarded the Order of Canada
April 30, 2000 - Died Doreen Paterson Reitsma (1927-2000) one of the 1st women to join the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Navy
May 6, 2000 - Died Mary Evangeline Percy Jackson (1904-2000) pioneering medical doctor on the prairies
May 7, 2000 - Died Doris Priscilla Muncey Haslam (1905- 2000 ) local historian in Prince Edward Island
August 23, 2000 -
Died Frances Patricia Jones (1930-2000) medal winning sprinter in 1948 Olympic Games
November 29, 2000
- Died Carol Bolt (1941-2000)  playwright
December 31, 2000 - Died
Ella Jean Canfield (1918-2000) 1st woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
 

2001 2001 - Women in the Canadian armed services are permitted to serve in submarines Source: Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online

2001 - The Hon. Iona Campagnolo (1932-  ) is the 1st woman  Lieutenant-Governor of the province of British Columbia
 Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

2001 -
Statistics Canada, when factoring both paid and unpaid work loads, reveals that a typical Canadian woman outworks a typical Canadian man by 80 hours a year
Source: Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg. 21

2001 -
The census now records data for same-sex common law unions

April 30, 2001 -
The National Council of Women is declared an organization of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada Source: NCW website (accessed 2010)

2001 - Roberta Jamieson
(1953-   ) is the 1st woman elected Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario
Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

2001 - Helen R. Pierce (1953-  ) is appointed to the Supreme Court of Justice at Thunder Bay and is considered the 1st Métis woman to become a judge in Ontario Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online

2001 - Carrie Serwetnyk (1965-  ) international soccer star is inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame Source: Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame Accessed March 2007.

June 13, 2001 - Mobina Jaffer
(1949-  ) is appointed to the Senate of Canada serving as the 1st Muslim Senator and the 1st of Asian descent
Source: Canada. Senate of Canada. Mabina Jaffer. Online accessed May 2013.

2001 -
The population of Canada is 30.75 with 250,000 immigrants arriving this year. The overall birthrate is declining

2001 - Flores Le Due
, (1883-1951) World Champion Trick and Fancy Rider ( 1st of 3 titles was won in 1912) is inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the only Canadian resident to be inducted at the time 

2001- Heather Steele of Oromocto New Brunswick became the 1st female licensed plumber in New Brunswick Source: New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Women in the House; A Reader of New Brunswick Women in the Legislative Assembly. May 2010. Online. (Accessed January 2016)

2001 - Langford, British Columbia dedicates a bandstand in Veterans Memorial Park to all Canadian Women Mariners who served in wartime

October 18, 2001 - Nicole Latour-Theede,
a Métis is appointed the 1st female Sergeant-at-Arms in the legislature of the Northwest Territories.

2001 - Catriona Le May Doan
(1970-   ) the Canadian & World Speed Skating Champion who set the world record at 500 metres is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

2001 -
Women working full-time or part-time in N.B. earned on average 79% of what men earned as hourly pay Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Historical Review 2001.

Deaths 2001:
2001`-
Died Jean Bessie Lumb (1919-2001) social activist & 1st Canadian Chinese Canadian to receive the Order of Canada
February 1, 2001 -
Died Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001) trailblazer in women's sports and Canadian Olympic administrator
March 8, 2001 -
Died Frances Marr Adaskin (1900-2001) pianist

April 2001 -
Died Hilda May Cameron Young (1912-2001) Olympic Medal winner in Track and Field in 1936
May 13, 2001 - Died Evelyn Blankstein (1913-2001), architect.
July 30, 2001 - Died
Thelma Josephine Hundeby (1923-2001) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
August 3, 2001 - Died Jessie Anne Buckingham (1906-2001) teacher & volunteer
August 30, 2001 - Died Bernice C. Cunnington (1909-2001) journalist
October 267, 2001 - Died Julia Ching (1934-2001) professor in eastern studies & author.
November 1, 2001 - Died
Solange Chaput-Rolland (1919-2001) author, editor, broadcaster & politician
December 14, 2001 -
Died Pauline Emily McGibbon, 1st woman to be  Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
 

2002 2002 - Canadian Women's Hockey Team wins Olympic Gold!

November 14, 2002 -
The Canada Multiculturalism Day is proclaimed by the federal government

2002 - Catriona Le May Doan
(1970-   ) Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion & overall champion who set the Olympic record for 500 metres in speed skating  is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year & winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year

December 1, 2002 - World Aids Day. Women make up 50% of the 42 million people in the world infected with HIV-Aids Source: CBC (Accessed November 26, 2002)

2002 - Andromache Karakatsanis (1955-  )  is appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

2002 -
The Honorable Madame Justice Micheline Rawlins (1951-  ) is recipient of the National Congress of Black Women Award for outstanding contribution to women, to law and to Canada   Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

2002 - "Ruthie" Lucie Blackburn (1804-1895) and her husband, former slaves who escaped to Canada are declared Persons of National Historic Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of CanadaSource: 100 more Canadian heroines by Merna Forester (Dundurn , 2011)

2002 - Mary Bibb (1820-1877) and her husband Henry Bibb (1815-1854) were declared Persons of National Historic Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2002. Mary is considered the first black woman journalist in Canada Sources: Section15.ca ; Merna Forster 100 more Canadian Heroines; Famous and Forgotten Faces (Toronto; Dundurn Press, 2011.

2002 - Women represent 18% of all elected members of the New Brunswick. Legislative Assembly Source: Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Report Card on the Status of Women 2002 , chart 24, p.16.

Deaths 2002:
2002 - Died Maria Cordis Brennan (   -2002) social activist for seniors
January 5, 2002 -
Died Lucy Christie Harris (1907-2002) award winning author
February 14, 2002 -
Died Charlotte M. Ayotte Chaput (????-2002) community volunteer in Winnipeg.
February 14, 2002 -
Died Sara Barkin (1908-2002) pianist & soprano
March 2, 2002 -
Died Verna Isabel Margaret Freeman (1923-2002) music teacher, & clown palliative care worker.
March 2, 2002 -
Died Genevieve McFaul (   -2002) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
March 5, 2002 -
Died Elsie Bear (1921-2002) social activist
March 27, 2002 -
Died Dorothy Davies (  -2002) radio actor, script writer & director of radio programs & member B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame
May 11, 2002 -
Died Louise Marguerite Renaude Lapointe (1912-2002) politician
May 15, 2002 -
Died
Jeannine Guindon (1919-2002) professor of psychology
May 29, 2002 -
Died Bernice Thurman Hunter (1922-2002) author of books for children set in Toronto
June 24, 2002 -
Died
June Rose Schofield (1926- 2002) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
July 12, 2002 -
Died Dorothy Macham (1910-2002) WW ll veteran Nurse & nursing administrator
July 18, 2002 -
Died
Jean Bessie Lumb (1919-2002) 1st Chinese Canadian inducted into Order of Canada
September 1, 2002 - Died Gwendolyn Margaret Grant (1920-2002) author & poet
September 23, 2002 - Died Vera Holdsworth (    -2002), 1st Canadian woman to qualify for both Canadian and American Trapshooting teams.

October 3, 2002 -
Died Julie Frost (   -2002), pioneer in the Broadcaster Hall of Fame
October 27, 2002 -
Died Sophie Crestohl (1902-2002)  social worker
 involved Liaison with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the International Refugee Organization after World War l.
November 26, 2002 -
Died Isabel McLaughlin (1903-2002) early modernist painter
November 29, 2002 - Died Mary L. Richmond (1920-2002) teacher of nursing & nursing history advocate
December 4, 2013 - Died Freda Diesing (1925-2002) totem pole carver
December 10, 2002 - Died Ruth Gorman (1914-2002) lawyer & Officer of the Order of Canada
 

2003 2003 - Lieutenant-Commander Marta Mulkins is the first woman to serve as a captain of a Canadian warship, the HMCS Summerside Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

February 2003 - Eaton's department store, once a cornerstone of the city of Winnipeg is torn down

2003 -
 Women's World Championship Hockey in Beijing cancelled due to concern over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia

March-April 2003 - Toronto is hit by the largest outbreak of flu-like Sars Virus outside of Asia

2003 - Master Seaman Colleen Beattie of the Canadian Navy is the
1st woman to qualify as a sub Mariner Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

2003 -
Heather Anne Elyse Lilian Munroe-Blum (1950-   ) becomes 1st woman to serve as McGill University's President. & Vice Chancellor

October 1, 2003 -
Canada Post issues a set of commemorative stamps honouring Canadian Astronauts including Roberta Bondar (1945-   ) the 1st Canadian woman in space, and Julie Payette (1963-   ), the 1st Canadian woman to visit the Space Station

2003-
2005 - Kim Campbell (1947-  )  is president of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant & diverse achievement

2003 - Roberta Bondar
(1945-   ) is recognized by TIME magazine as one of Canada's 5 best explorers &
is inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame

2003 - Marie E. Tracey O'Donnell   (1966-   ) is elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the 1st Aboriginal woman ever elected. Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online

2003 - The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is created and Mary Travers (La Bolduc) (1894-1941) is one of the first five popular song composers inducted

2003 - Yonah Martin
(1965-  ) co-founds the non profit organization Korean Canadian C3, a community organization of volunteers who embrace cultural diversity and  bridge Canadian Communities by providing cultural education and volunteer resources Source: C3society.ogr (accessed December 2011)

2003 - Perdita Felicien
(1980-   ) track and field World Champion in the 100 metres hurdles  is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

Deaths 2003:
2003 -
Died
Louise Brown (1922-2003) medal winning tennis player, member Canadian Tennis Sports Hall of Fame
2003 -
Died Marion Eaton Bishop (1909-2003) social activist and community volunteer
2003 -
Died Olga Chumak (1919-2003) 1st woman lawyer of Ukrainian heritage in the province of Ontario
January 20, 2003 -
Died Marie Bonin (1932-2003) Manitoba nurse
April 23, 2003 - Died Anne Louise Caspell Schulman (1941-2003) sport administrator in swimming
May 8, 2003 - Died Dorothy B. Ferguson Key (   -2003) played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

June 2, 2003 -
Died Alma V. Ricard (1906-2003) philanthropist

June 5, 2003 -
Died Patricia Bloomfield-Holt (1910-2003) musician & composer
July 10, 2003 - Died Zahra Kazeml (1949-2003) murdered photographer & documentalist
July 16, 2003 -
Died Carol Shields (1935-2003) award winning author
July 31, 2003 - Died Barbara Smucker (1915-2003) noted children's author
August 22, 2003 - Died
Julianna Rita Dusanko (1922-2003) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
September 5, 2003- Died
Gisele Mackenzie (1927-2005) accomplished violinist, singer and star of TV and the movies
October 2, 2002 - Died
Magda Arnold (1903-2002) psychologist
October 8, 2003 - Died
Frankie Tillman (1916-2003) social activist with YWCA
November 4, 2003 - Died Sharon Capeling-Alakija (   - 2003) social activist who helped people around the world
November 30, 2003 - Died Muriel Flexman (1912-2003) journalist & 1st woman to work at Canadian Press
December 2003 - Died
Mary "Bonnie" Baker (1919?- 2003) member of the All American Girls Baseball League.
December 9, 2003 - Died Sylvia Gelber (1910-2003) feminist & Canadian UN Delegate
December 15, 2003 - Died
Dora Wasserman (1919-2003) award winning founder of the Yiddish Theatre of Montreal
 

2004 January 2004 - The RT. Hon. Kim Campbell (1947-   ) is appointed Secretary General of the Club De Madrid, an organization with which she was a founding executive member, that is dedicated to democracy in the world Source: Club de Madrid Kim Campbell (accessed January 2006)

May 14, 2004 -
The Young and the Breastless conference is held in Vancouver, British Columbia as the 1st ever national conference for young women diagnosed with breast cancer

June 2004 -
The Media Club of Ottawa celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Women's Press Club with a conference and a play "One Hundred Years of Daring : Day One" by Rosaleen Dickson

June 28, 2004 - Bev Oda (1944-   ) is elected to the House of Commons becoming the 1st Japanese Canadian Member of Parliament

2004 - Mary Ann Burdette
is elected as 1st woman Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion
Source: Legion acclaims Dominion President… June 15, 2004 (accessed June 2007)

2004 - Nina Grewal becomes the 1st South Asian woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, British Columbia

2004 - Bonnie Sherr Klein
(1941-  ) is awarded
the Governor’s General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case recognizing outstanding contributions to quality of life for women in Canada Source. Library and Archives Canada. Bonnie Sherr Klein: Canadian women in film. Celebrating Women’s Achievements. (accessed June 2006) This site includes an extensive bibliography.

August 13-29, 2004 - Olympic Games Athens Greece. Gold Medals: August 24, 2004 - Lori-Ann Muenzer (1966-  ) wins Canada  gold medal in Cycling. Silver medals: August 20, 2004 - Karen Cockburn (1980-   ) , gymnastics.; August 23, 2004 - Tonya Verbeek  (1977-   ), freestyle wrestling; August 27, 2004 - Marie-Hélène Prémont (1977-   ) cycling women's cross country: Bronze Medals; August 16, 2004 - Blythe Hartley (1982-   ) and Emilie Heymans  (1981-   ) synchronized 10 meter platform diving; August 28, 20014 - Caroline Brunet (1969-   )  K-l 1000 meters canoeing.

2004 - Lori-Ann Muenzer (1966-   ) wins the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award Canada's
 female Athelete of the Year as voted by the Canadian Press & Broadcast News

2004 - Helen Shaver (1951-   ) is added to Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario

September 15 - 28 2004 -  Summer Paralympics Games, Athens, Greece; Gold medals Stephanie Dixon (1984-   ) wins a gold, 6 silver and a bronze medal in swimming:  Chelsea Clark , athletics 100 meter T34; Chantal Peticlerc 100 meter T54 , 200 meter T54, 400 meter T54, 800 meter T54, 1500 meter T54 ; Lisa Franks, 200 meter T52 ; Anne Polinario 50 meter freestyle swimming; Kirby Cote (1984-   ),  100 meter, 400 meter freestyle swim, 100 meter butterfly swim, 200 meter individual medley; Silver medals:  Chelsea Lariviere 100 meter athletics; Women's Goalball team; Stephanie Dixon (1984-   ) 100 meter, and 400 meter freestyle swim, 100 meter butterfly swim, 200 meter individual medley swim: Kirby Cote (1984-   ) 100 meter breaststroke swim; Anne Polinano, Danielle Campo, Andrea Cole and Stephanie Dixon  (1984-   ), 4X 100 meter freestyle swim: Elizabeth Walker, Stephanie Dixon (1984-   ), Anne Polinario and Darla Geiger, 4 X 100 medley swim. Bronze Medals:   Diane Roy  (1971-   ) 400 meter, and 1500 meter athletics; Jessica Matassa, 800 meter athletics; Courtney Knight , discus throw; Karen Brain on Dasskara individual equestrian dressage; Danielle Campo, 50 meter and 400 meter freestyle swim; Stephanie Dixon (1984-   ) 50 meter freestyle swim ; Chelsey Gotell 50 meter, 100 meter freestyle swim and 200 meter individual medley; Elizabeth Walker 400 meter freestyle; Andrea Cole, 100 meter butterfly swim: Women's team wheelchair basketball. Source: Canada Olympics

September 29, 2004 - The Bank of Canada issued a $20 bank note in the Canadian Journey Series which included a quotation from Gabrielle Roy's  1961 book The Hidden Mountain (La Montagne secrète), and its English translation by Harry Binsse. "Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"

December 26, 2004 -
One of the world's worst disasters, an earthquake & tsunami kills 100,000 people in Asia including Sri Lanka, & India

2004 - Mary Electra Adams (1823- 1898) is declared a National Historic Person by the Canadian Government

Deaths 2004:
2004 -
Died Ina Caton (1914-2004) 1st woman in Saskatchewan ordained as a deacon and 5 years later called to the priesthood of the Anglican Church of Canada
2004 - Died  Maureen Lormier Roberts (1915-2004) founder of Canadian Medic Alert Foundation
2004 -
Died Beatrice Ford Watts.(1932-2004) 1st Inuit woman to qualify as a teacher in Labrador
January 24, 2004
Died
Reva Brooks  (1913-2004) pioneer photographer
March 1, 2004 -
Died Doreen Wicks (1935-2004), social activist and holder of the Order of Canada
March 3, 2004 -
Died
Miriam Dworkin Waddington (1917-2004), acclaimed poet
March 25, 2004 -
Died
Claudia Myrna Bowman (1932-2004) lawyer, judge and feminist
April 14, 2004 -
Died Micheline Charest (1953-2004) business woman in animation industry.
April 14, 2004 - Died  Ivy Granstrom (1911-2004) blind athlete

May 2004 -
Died
Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) acclaimed international swimmer who was the first Canadian woman to swim the English Channel.
May 8, 2004 - Died
Dorothy "Dee" Anne Read (1926-2004) avid ski enthusiast and coach
July 12, 2004 - Died Betty Oliphant (1918-2004) founder of the National Ballet School of Canada
July 17, 2004 -
Died
Mildred Jeannette Dolson-Cavill (1918-2004) Olympic medal winning track and field athlete
July 19, 2004 -
Died Sylvia Daoust (1902-2004) sculptor & wood carver
August 8, 2004 -
Died Fay Wray, (1907-2004) actor who is best remembered as playing opposite the ape in the movie, King Kong
September 8, 2004 -
Died
Kay Smith (1911-2004) poet
October 15, 2004 - Died Shirley Burnham Elliott (1916-2004) legislative librarian for Nova Scotia and author of the Nova Scotia Book of Days
October 22, 2004 -
Died
Cathy Kerr (1951-2004) social activist for the disabled
October 24, 2004 -
Died Dorothy Kate Burnham (1911-2004) author & museum curator of textiles

November 13, 2004 -
Died Ellen Louks Fairclough (1905-2004) 1st woman to be appointed to the federal Canadian cabinet.
December 2, 2004 - Died Margaret Fane Rutledge (1914-2004) pioneer aviator and member of the British Columbia Aviation Hall of Fame.
December 15, 2004 - Died Alma Duncan (1917-2004) artist

December 16, 2004 - Died Agnes Martin (1912-2004) one of the world's foremost abstract painter
December 26, 2004 - Died June Kander (1927-2004) educator and humanitarian
December 31, 2004 - Died Lucille Johnstone (1924-2004) entrepreneur & volunteer social worker who is in the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada
 

 2005
 
January 8, 2005 - Genevieve Simard (1980-   ) wins silver  medal and Allison Forsythe   wins bronze medal in Women's Giant Slalom in World Cup at Santa Caterina Source: Ottawa Citizen.

February 24, 2005 -
a new play opens in Winnipeg featuring the life of former Ottawa Mayor, Charlotte Whitton (1896-1975). The play, Molly's Vail is written by Sharon Bajer Source: Ottawa Citizen

April 18, 2005 -
Time Magazine has selected Canadian author Alice Munro (1931-   ) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world Source: Time Magazine

May 4, 2005 -
The Registrar of Citizenship for the Government of Canada confirmed in Ottawa  that there is no question: War Brides and their children are Canadian citizens. Source: Canadian War Bride  online (Accessed May 20, 2005)

May 8, 2005 - Canada Post honours Canadian War Brides with a Commemorative envelope Source: Canadian War Brides online (Accessed May 20, 2005)

May 16, 2005 -
Ontario Legislature passes 'Sabrina's Law' in memory of Sabrina Shannon (1982-   ), a 13 year old Pembroke girl who died after eating French fries from her school cafeteria. The law will force Ontario schools to develop a policy for students with potentially life-threatening allergies Source; Ottawa Citizen May 17, 2004.

May 16, 2005 - Chantal Petitclerc (1969-   ) is honoured with the 2005 Laureus world sport award for the top sportsperson with a disability

June 2005 -
Bloc MP Francine Lalande (1940-2014) introduced a private members bill to legalize assisted suicide. The bill does not pass but it begins open discussion on the topic Source: Stephanie Marin, Francine Lalande, former Bloc MP dies of cancer at 73. Huffington Post January 17, 2014.

June, 2005 - Actress Fay Wray (1907-2004) and singer Alanis Morissette  (1974-   ) are inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto Source: Walk of Fame web site (Accessed 2006)

June 9, 2005 -
Male university professors better paid than female colleagues. Statistics Canada reports that the difference in salaries averages S17, 575.00 Source: Ottawa Citizen June 10, 2005 Pg A9.

June 16, 2005 -
A caring profession: Centuries of Nursing in Canada une histoire de coeur: des siécles de soins infirmieres au Canada is a major exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization that helps to mark the centennial of the Canadian Nurses Association

Summer 2005 - Vicki Keith Munro,
(1961-   ) retired marathon swimmer, "Queen of the Great Lakes" comes out of retirement to swim again to raise the awareness and funding for children with disabilities

July 20, 2005 - the Civil Marriage Act legalizes same sex marriage in Canada

August 4, 2005 -
the Government announces the name of the new 27th Governor Michaelle Jean (1957-  ) award winning journalist, broadcaster and humanitarian Source web page of the Governor General www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007)

September 27, 2005 - Michaelle Jean (1957-) award winning journalist and broadcaster is invested as Canada's 27th and first Afro-Caribbean Governor General Source web page of the Governor General www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007)

October 2005 - for her work with Aboriginal women Muriel Stanley Venne  is named as a winner of the Governor General's Person Case Award Source: Herstory 2008 the Canadian Women’s Calendar (Coteau Books, 2007)

December 1, 2005 - The new territory of Nunavut swears in a new government

December 19, 2005 -
Staff Inspector Jane Wilcox is the 1st woman Unit Commander of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Toronto Police Force. Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

2005 - Urszula Torarska (1963-   ) is the 1st Canadian woman to successfully scale the seven tallest mountain peaks in the world Sources: Herstory: the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2007 Coteau Books, 2006 page 80: www.everstnews.com /everst2005/ … accessed June 2011.

2005 - Sheila Watt-Cloutier (1953-  ) environmental activist for the world's indigenous peoples, is awarded the Norwegian SOPHIE Award

2005 - Canadian Women are nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 1000 women of Peace Project. Akua Benjamin  (Nominated)

2005 - Cindy Klassen (1979   ) who sets four world speed skating records winning eight medals on the World Cup circut is is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

Deaths 2005:
2005 -
Died
Annie Epstein Baker (1908-2005) may have been 1st Jewish woman called to the Bar in Ontario in 1929
2005 - Died Elizabeth 'Bette' Storin (1904-2005) children's author, & journalist

2005 -
Died
Verna Irene States Thomas (1935-2005) social activist & volunteer
2005 -
Died Ruth Wilson (1919-2001) basketball player
January 5, 2005 - Died Madeleine Hinchey (1922-2005) former secretary general to the National Research Council
January 7, 2005 -
Died Lois Hole (1929-2005)  Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta 
January 9, 2005 - Died
Ruth Addison (1897-2005) in 1957 the 1st woman appointed as member of the Civil Service Commission
February , 2005 - Died Mae Harmon (1921 ? - 2005) social activist for seniors
March 2005 -  Died Terry Litovitz (1949-2005) accounting teacher who was concerned for her students
March 21, 2005 - Died
Evelyn Horne (1907-2005) Caring Canadian Award recipient
April 7, 2005 - Died Yvonne Vera (   -2005) award winning author
April 8, 2005 - Died Onna White (1924-2005) award winning dancer and choreographer
April 10, 2005 -
Died
Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist & sculptor
April 14, 2005 - Died Margaret Allemang (1914-2005) advocate of Canadian nursing history
April 19, 2005 - Died
Bertha Baumann (1916-2005) leading nurse in St Boniface, Manitoba
April 25, 2005 - Died Kay Martin Snelgrove (1921-2005) heroine spy & code runner during World War ll
April 27, 2005 - Died
Christine McCall (1935-2005) journalist, author and biographer of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau
May 4, 2005 - Died
Saida Gerrard (1913-2005) in the 1930's she made significant contributions to  modern dance in Canada
May 9, 2005 - Died Dorothy Thomas (1938-2005) feminist and community social activist
May 22, 2005 - Died
Sheila Agnes Egoff (1918-2005) librarian, award winning expert in Children's literature
June 11, 2005 - Died Anne-Marie Alonzo (1951-2005) playwright, novelist, poet, critic & publisher who was quadriplegic
July 16, 2005 -
Died Mira Ashby (1922-2005) doctor working with brain injuries, Member order of Canada
July 23, 2005 -
Died Edith Firth (1927-2005), librarian, bibliographer & author
July 19, 2005 - Died Maria 'Mary' Lerullo (1920-2005 ) 1st Italian Canadian woman real estate broker and tireless worker for new immigrants to Canada
July 28, 2005 -
Died Charlotte Bastien (1913-2005) librarian and private secretary to National Librarian Guy Sylvester
July 30, 2005 -
Died Elizabeth 'Liz' Maxwell (1948-2005) author & teacher
August 15, 2005 -
Died Gladys Strum (1906-2005) 1st woman president of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.) & 1st to head  a political party
August 17, 2005 - Died Dorothy 'Dottie' Hunter (1916-2005) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
September 2005 -
Died Ethel Weiss Auster (1942-2005) librarian
September 5, 2005- Died Elaine Gottschall (  -2005) she studying nutritional biochemistry & cellular biology & published her findings for others to use
September 7, 2005 - Died Cynthia Jean Durance (1940-2005) a librarian who worked at the National Library of Canada
September 7, 2005 - Died Mary Elizabeth Bayer (1921- 2005) pioneer of daytime television programming in Manitoba
September 10, 2005 - Died
Bernelda Winona Sakinasikwe Gordon (1917-2005) radio and television broadcaster & social activist
September 24, 2005 - Died Lois Vallely-Fischer (   -2005) an academic who developed and taught women's studies
October 6, 2005 -
Died Doris Clark Ludwig (1905-2005) social worker by education she became a journalist in her subject area
November 9, 2005 -
Died
Susan Jane Anstey (1946-2005) equestrian sports journalist
November 25, 2005 -
Died Ghitta Caiserman-Roth (1923-2005)  renowned award winning artist
December 2005 -
Died Mary Eileen Travis (1931-2005), regional Librarian and first woman on St. John, New Brunswick, Board of Trade
December 12, 2005 -
Died Thérèse Renaud (1927-2005) author, poet, & painter
December 18, 2005 -
Died Gertrude M. Laing (1905-2005) social activist in local community & nationally
December 31, 2005 -
Died Aiko Geraldine Suzuki (1937-2005)
 sculptor, painter, printmaker, dance set designer, curator & teacher
 

   

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