935 -16991700 - 17991800 - 18491850 - 18991900 - 19091910 - 1919
1920 - 19291930 - 19391940 - 19491950 - 19591960 - 19691970 - 1979
1980 - 19891990 - 19992000 - 20052006 - 20102011 -

Return to Timeline introduction

2000 AD to 2005 AD
Events listed relate to Canadian women with a few extra items added to give the timeline perspective.

This timeline is not all inclusive.

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check out the ON THE JOB pages.
LAST UPDATED
 July 2017

DATES

EVENTS

2000
 

January 12, 2000 – Beverly McLachlin (1943-   ) becomes the first 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 21, 2000 - Lynda Maureen Haverstock
(1948-   ) is sworn in as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.


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 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) .

January 7, 2000 - Beverly McLachlin
(1943-   ) is the 1st woman to become Chief Justice of Canada.

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 - 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.:

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

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)

October 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 first 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.

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 , and novelist.
February 21. 2000 - Died Violet Archer (1913-2000) musician and award winning composer.
March 2, 2000 -
Died Sandra Schmirler (1963-2000), World and Olympic Champion curler.
March 9, 2000 -
Died Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) Composer and educator awarded the Order of Canada.
April 30, 2000 - Died Doreen Paterson Reitsma (1927-2000) one of the first 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.
November 29, 2000 - Died Carol Bolt (1941-2000) Canadian 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 first 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 many 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

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.

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:
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 and volunteer.
August 30, 2001 - Died Bernice C. Cunnington (1909-2001) journalist
October 267, 2001 - Died Julia Ching (1934-2001) professor in eastern studies and author.
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!

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 Canada. Source: 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.
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 actress, script writer and director of radio programs and member B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.
May 11, 2002 -
Died Louise Marguerite Renaude Lapointe (1912-2002) politician
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 and 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 and 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 ll.
November 26, 2002 -
Died Isabel McLaughlin (1903-2002), early modernist painter.
November 29, 2002 - Died Mary L. Richmond (1920-2002), teacher of nursing and nursing history advocate.
December 4, 2013 - Died Freda Diesing (1925-2002), Totem pole carver.
December 10, 2002 - Died Ruth Gorman (1914-2002), lawyer and 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.

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

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 and diverse achievement.

2003 - Roberta Bondar
(1945-   ) is recognized by TIME magazine as one of Canada's 5 best explorers. Source :
Roberta Bondar official web site (accessed 2006)

2003 - Roberta Bondar  (1945-   ) is inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame. Source  Roberta Bondar official web site (accessed 2006)

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)

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

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), in 1944 she became the 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 and 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 and first 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 and Canadian UN Delegate
 

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.

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-   ) is
 Female Athelete of the Year (Canadian Press& Broadcast news)

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

September 15 - 28 2004 -  Summer Paralympic 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

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

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

Deaths 2004:
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 19, 2004 -
Died Sylvia Daoust (1902-2004) sculptor.
August 8, 2004 -
Died Fay Wray, (1907-2004), actress 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
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 and 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.

Jan. 12, 2000 – Beverly McLachlin (1943-   ) becomes the 1st female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

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.

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 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)


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  and 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 -
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 10, 2005 - Died
Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist and 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) jouralist, 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.
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 and author.
July 28, 2005 - Died Charlotte Bastien (1913-2005), librarian and private secretary to National Librarian Guy Sylvester.
August 2005 -
Died Dorothy Hunter (    -2005), played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
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
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
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 31, 2005 -
Died Aiko Geraldine Suzuki (1937-2005)
 sculptor, painter, printmaker, dance set designer, curator and teacher,.
 

   

Top of page