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||Mercy Anne Coles.
(Note Anne is sometimes reported as Ann)
Born February 1, 1838, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Died February
11, 1921 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Not much is known about
mercy. She was one of 12 children of George Coles (1810-1875) and Mercy (née
Haines) Coles of P.E. I. Mercy would accompany her parents in 1864 to the
events leading up to Canadian Confederation. They travelled to Quebec City,
Montreal, and on to Niagara Falls. It is known from comments in documents
from Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s 1st Prime Minister and a
political power figure in the years building up to Confederation that the
Coles’ daughters were attractive, well educated, and well informed. On his
part, at this time he was a widower who was considered quite eligible to
unattached women. At 26 years of age in 1864 when the Quebec Conference to
consider Canadian Confederation took place, Mercy would have been one of the
older unattached women. She was an ardent diarist and her legacy is that she
has left behind the scene details which serve to enliven the rather dry
political happenings of the day. There were numerous soirees, balls and
other social events that were used to court the visiting politicians to join
Canada but were also used by the unattached ladies, such as Mercy, to entice
courting from the eligible single politicians. Details such as those of the
ball of October 14, 1864, hosted by Governor General Lord Monck in the
Parliament Buildings were recorded by Mercy with particular attention paid
to these unattached gentlemen. Alas Marcy did not gain a suitor for the
described events but remained single living out her life in Charlottetown.
Sources: Anne McDonald, Mercy Coles of PEI in Canada’s History
August-September 2014 ; Ancestry Canada Accessed June 2015)
Born February 2, 1945 Arvida [Jonquière] Quebec.
Pauline made her debut as a soprano soloist in 1970. Pauline earned
her Masters in Music from the University of Montreal in 1976.
Pauline is active
in classical as well as contemporary music. She has performed in Europe
and throughout North America. She founded and is artistic director
of the lyric company “Chants Libres” she has been artistic director
career she has won the Prix d’excellence
Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton from the Canada Council for the
Arts and the Prix d’interprète de musique contemporaine
Flandres-Québec. She has been a member-researcher at Hexagram,
since 2006. In 2009 she was named an ambassador of the Canadian
Music Centre for her contribution to new music in Canada. In 2015,
she was awarded the Opera America Service Award for her 25 years as
Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres. (2017)
Dorothy May Copithorn. Born February
2, 1919, Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Died November 12, 2013, Calgary
Alberta. (née Spencer) Her father taught her to love and play the piano
until his death when she was only 7 years old. She never lost the gift of
love of music. At 15 she began working as an organist and junior choir
leader at her hometown United Church. She won multiple awards in music
festivals for her solo piano work and her junior choir work. At 18 she had
completed her associate degree in piano and began teaching piano in Swift
Current and along the Empress Railway where she was known as the travelling
music teacher. Leaving on a Monday she taught in Pennant, Battram, Cabri and
Abby, Saskatchewan arriving home on the weekend in the caboose of a freight
train! In By 1947 in Abernethy she had met and married. Wesley Copithorn.
The couple had 3 children. Dorothy played piano/organ in United Churches in
the various towns the family would live. In Indian Head in 1959 she also
started the St Andrew’s United Church intermediate choir. She was a charter
member of the Regina Chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. At
90 , in a long term care facility in Calgary, she continued to play for
Source: “Dorothy Mae Copithorn” by Hope-Arlene Fennell. “Lives Lived”, the
Globe and Mail April 17, 2014.
Suggestion submitted by June Coxon.
Born February 3, 1918 Edinburgh, Scotland. Died November 22, 1999
Ottawa, Ontario. An Oxford University graduate, she immigrated to Canada
in 1947 and worked in the far north joining the Arctic Section of
the Defence Research Board, An ice research scientist, she was the
1st women to be taken for cruises on Canadian Government
icebreakers. She visited the USSR and Finland in 1964 to look into
icebreaking practices. The author of many scientific studies,
including Arctic Canada From the Air, she received the
Massey Medal in 1972.
She was a Member of the Order of Canada
and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. (2017)
"Winnie" Frances Roach-Leuszler. Born
February 3, 1926 Port
Credit, Ontario . Died May
2004. A long distance swimmer of
international acclaim she started swimming when she was 3 years old.
At 9 years of age she won her first medal as a competitive swimmer and
she never looked back. She would go on to win local, provincial,
national, North American and international medals throughout her
career. In 1944 she was labeled Canada's All Round Athlete of the
year. That same year she joined the Women's Corp and was dominating
Army, Navy and Air Forces sporting championships. In 1946 whil3 three
months pregnant, she won the 5 mile World Swimming Championship and
while four months pregnant in 1949 she was second in the same event.
On August 16, 1951 she became the first Canadian woman to swim the
English Channel. She came home to a ticker tape parade in Toronto! In
1954 she entered the swim across Lake Ontario with Marilyn Bell but
was forced from the event with problems with her guide boat. In the
1950's she was lured to baseball and in 1957 she was Canada's first
female baseball umpire. In 1996 she was inducted into the Canadian
Forces Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999 she received the Order of Ontario
and was inducted into the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame.
Born February 3, 1947 Moriah, Tobago. A
poet and novelist she has written several books including a novel
for young people, Harriet’s Daughter. She uses the pen name
M. NourbeSe Philip. She added her own middle name NourbeSe
which is an African name meaning marvelous child. The
family moved to the island of Trinidad when she was 9. She went on
to attend the University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. In 1968
she moved to Canada studying Law at the University of Western
Ontario (Western University), London, Ontario . She practiced las at
Parkdale Community Services, Toronto for 10 years before she decided
to devote herself to a career in writing in 1983. In
1989 and received the Casa de las Américas prize, the second
Canadian ever to receive the award. In 2008 she published Zong!
a collection of her poems. Marlene has also written three plays
including an adaption of Harriet's Daughter. In 1990, she received a
Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry and in 1991 was a McDowell Fellow.
She received The Lawrence Foundation Award for her short story
Stop Frame, ”published in the journal Prairie Schooner.
In 1995, she received a Toronto Arts Award in writing and
publishing. In 2001, she was given a Rebels for a Cause award from
the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto and a Woman of Distinction
award in the arts from the YWCA. In 2002, she received a Chalmers
Fellowship in poetry and in 2005 she was given a Rockefeller
Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy.
Juchereau de Saint Denis,
Comptesse de Saint-Laurent. Baptized February 4, 1660. Died December 28, 1702.
In early 1702 she purchased the Ile d'Orleans becoming the Comptesse
de Saint Laurent. She
was a strong business personality of New France. She was also the
mother of 16 children. (2017)
Cairine Reay Wilson
née Mackay Born February 4, 1885, Montreal, Quebec. Died March 3,
1962, Ottawa Ontario. A child of an influential and wealthy family
in Montreal, Cairine grew up bilingual with a keen interest in
keeping informed with life. She often travelled with her father to
Ottawa and admired a family friend, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In 1909 she
married Norman Wilson ( -1956) and the young couple moved to
Cumberland Township, near Ottawa, to raise their family of 8 children.
In 1918 they retained their Cumberland property but moved to
downtown Ottawa. While her family was at home Cairine was active in
her church and the local Red cross. Once her family was growing she
become more interested in the life in Ottawa Politics and she became
co-president of the Eastern Ontario Liberal Association.
15, 1930, Prime Minister William Lion Mackenzie, appointed her as
Canada’s 1st woman in the Senate. She would prefer to be remembered
for her work to serve refugees and for being outspoken against
anti-Semitism in Canada. She did not pull punches and spoke up for
what she believed. At the beginning of the upheaval in Europe in
World War ll William Lion Mackenzie King was reluctant to accept
Jewish refugees as immigrants to Canada. Cairine worked to accept
100 orphans into Canada. A Television Historical Minute telecast
shows viewed in the 1990’s shows Wilson arguing the case for
refugees. She served as chair of the Canadian National Committee on
Refugees 1938-1948, and was Canada’s 1st woman delegate to the new
United Nations in 1949. In 1950 she was presented with the Knight of
the Legion of Honour, the highest civilian honour from France, for
her work on behalf of child refugees. In 1955 she became the 1st
woman Deputy Speaker in the Canadian Senate. A secondary School in
Orleans, located not far from the Wilson family farm in Cumberland
Township, is named in her honour. She is buried in Dale Cemetery
near her former farm and her tombstone simply reads “Appointed to
the Senate 1930”
Sources First Person, Valerie Knowles (Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1988
The Cairine Wilson Bust was sculpted in 1939 by Felix Wilson and is
displayed in the Senate area of the Canadian Parliament buildings.
Born February 5, 1942 Willimantic, Connecticut, U.S.A. Gail
immigrated to Canada in 1963 and came to public attention with a group
of poets at Queen’s University, Kingston.
She is also known as editor of the journal called Quarry.
Her collections of intense yet often lyrical poetry
include Dangerous Season
in1969, The Royal Collector of
Dreams in1970, Flight of the
Pterodactyl in 1973, The
Ringmaster's Circus in 1973,
God's Odd Look in 1976,
Houses of God in 1983, and
Deepening the Colours in 1987. (2017)
February 6, 1946 Montreal, Quebec. Died
January 18, 2010 Montreal, Quebec. Kate was the youngest of
three sisters who grew up in St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Along with her
sister and partner, Anna, she began singing folk music in coffee houses in Montreal
in the 1960’s. From 1963 to 1967 she
joined Jack Nisserson and Peter Weldon to form the Mountain City
Four. Kate studied engineering at McGill University before she began
writing songs. In 1976
they produced a record album together which won Best Record of the
year from Melody Maker. Kate married Loudon Wainwright lll and the
couple had two children, Rufus Martha who themselves became
acclaimed musicians. After a brief solo experience
in New York, Kate rejoined her sister and more albums followed including
a French language collection in 1982. n 1998 the sisters won Juno
Awards for two albums. The McGarrigles were named to
the Order of Canada in 1994.In 1999 Kate and Anna earned Women of
Originality Awards. In 2006 the sisters received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music
Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
In 2008, after a diagnoses
of cancer Kate established a Fund at the McGill University Health
Centre to raise awareness of the rare cancer called Sarcoma. May
12-13, 2011 a tribute concert was filmed and released in June 2013
as: Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate
McGarrigle Place Kate McGarrigle was inaugurated August 7, 2013
Born February 7, 1908, Toronto, Ontario. Died September
12, 1990, Owen Sound, Ontario. Her parents enjoyed winter sports and
encouraged their daughter in her pursuit of speed skating. Without a
coach or a planned training program. she would take her love the the
sport to the highest competition allowed to women at the time. She
was the 1st woman admitted to the Old Orchard Skating Club in
Toronto. From 1923 to 1935 she would be called the "Queen of the
blades." She won more that 65 championships fro the provincial level
to world championships. In 1924 she earned 19 titles including 3
Canadian titles and three international titles. In 1924 alone she
broke 6 world records and by 1927 the teen held 2 world
championships titles. She was the 1st
Canadian woman speed skating world champion. She dominated events from the
short 220 yard events to the one mile event (1600 m) She
participated in the 1932 Olympics at lake Placid only to place 4th
overall. Her time in the 1500 m heats was 2:54;o was more than 15
seconds under the official record but could not be recognized
because she skated under the North American mass start rules! While
she qualified for the 1936 Olympics she decided to retire and not to
participate. Later that year she married Russ Campbell and the
couple settled in Owen Sound, Ontario. In 1972 she was inducted into
the Canadian Speed Skating Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall
of Fame. Source: Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Born February 8, 1929. Died
September 22, 2017. She did her post graduate
studies at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Chicago
School of Interior Design. She worked as a teacher and community
organizer and was active in both local and national Métis
communities. She was the winner of the National Aboriginal
Achievement Award in 1995. She was the mother of seven children and
Grandmother to 30 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren! She was
appointed to the Senate of Canada in November
26, 1997 becoming the 1st indigenous person to sit in the Canadian
Senate. She served in the senate until February 8,
2004. After retiring from the senate she relocated to Alberta where
she founded the Michif Cultural and Resource Institute, later called
the Michif Cultural Connections in St. Albert, Alberta to preserve,
protect and promote the rich Métis culture in northern Alberta.
Born February 9, 1828 Vaudreuil, Lower Canada (now Quebec) . Died May 25, 1898
Duncan, British Columbia. A hardworking farmer's daughter she
joined the order of the Sisters of St Anne on November 6, 1849
taking the name as Sister Marie Angèle.
On August 30, 1854 she became superior general of her congregation
for three years. She traveled as one of the 1st group of religious orders of women
to open schools on Vancouver Island. The adventures of her trip to
Victoria, British Columbia, were published in 1859. Perhaps more of
a legacy than her writings was her teaching. She taught native children
many skills including knitting. This skill would be used in Duncan
B.C. to make the famous Cowichan sweaters.
Born February 10 1939 Hong Kong.
Adrienne and her family immigrated to Canada in 1941 settling in
Ottawa, Ontario. A
television personality with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC),
she is also a journalist, a novelist, a public servant, and
She even had her own television show Adrienne Clarkson Presents.
In 1981 she promoted Ontario culture in France and throughout
Europe. In 1999 She was
appointed Governor General of Canada, the
1st immigrant to hold this position. She served in this
position until 2005. She is an officer in the Order of Canada
On October 3, 2005, Clarkson was sworn into the
Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
She is the Colonel in Chief of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light
infantry and the founder of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
Born February 10, 1908 Vancouver, British Columbia. Died March 9, 2000. A composer and educator she was the
1st of Canada’s West
Coast composers to receive wide recognition.
She began to compose music as a child.
She has more then 350 compositions for a wide variety of vocal
and instrumentals. She
is an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Born February 11, 1896 London, England. Died December 16, 1953
Toronto, Ontario. Becky immigrated to Canada in 1912 settling in
Montreal. During World War ll she was active in socialist causes in
Montreal. She studied at the Rand School of Social Sciences, New
York, U.S.A. Back in Montreal she became a union organizer for the garment industry.
Around 1921 she joined the Workers Party of Canada (Communist Party) lectured and toured across the
country. In Alberta she helped organize the striking Coal miner's
wives in the Women's Labour Leagues. In 1929 she was secretary of
the Canadian Labour Defence League. In the 1930's she headed the
Canadian women's delegation to the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (USSR). In World War ll she worked to free interned
communists. Political friends knew her as a great communicator of radical
ideas and for her loyalty.
Born February 11, 1944 Stockholm, Sweden. She began her ballet career in Sweden
training at Swedish Ballet School from 1953 to 1961. In 1964 she
married Canadian choreographer Brian Macdonald. In
1973 she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. She brought beauty, vast experience
and artistic maturity to the many roles that were created for her.
She retired from the stage in 1984. and two years later founded the
Ballet British Columbia and served as artistic director. Leaving
Vancouver in 1987 she as worked as a guest teacher throughout Canada
and in Sweden.
She has also served as director of the
dance program at the Banff Centre in Alberta.
February 11, 1947, Toronto, Ontario. As a 11 year old hockey player
she shocked everyone by playing peewee hockey on a team for boys
having registered as AB in order to play! She was the best player on
the team but when required to produce a birth certificate was
disqualified from playing! At 15 she won her 1st national
championship in the 880-yard foot race. She competed
internationally for Canada at many events, including 4 Olympic
Games, 4 Pan-Am Games and 2 Commonwealth Games.3 World Student
Games. She held Canadian and world records in the 800 meter from
1962 to 1975. In 1975 she earned the Ontario Award of Merit. In
1976 she was presented the City of Toronto Civic Award of Merit. A
champion for athlete’s rights and women in sport she is following a
solid career as a sports administrator. She earned her B.A. and M.A.
from the University of Toronto. In 1981
she became Director General of Sport Canada. That same year
she became the 1st woman appointed to
the executive committee of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
In 1982 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 1995 she was the 1st woman on the Executive
Council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
Leaving Sport Canada in 1993 she became the 1st Director General of
Health Canada's new Women's Health Bureau. In 2004 she was inducted
into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In 2007 she entered the Jewish
Canadian Athletes Hall of Fame.
Source: Bob Ferguson, Who's Who in Canadian Sport (Toronto,
Prentice Hall, 1977); Canada's Sport Hall of Fame Online Accessed
Bell. Born February 12, 1928 Montreal, Quebec. Educated as a nurse, she
began her working career as a public health nurse. In the 1970's she
turned to municipal politics in Ottawa. She was elected Mayor of Ottawa
(1978-1985). She believed that local action could serve the global
cause and she spearheaded Operation 4000 that welcomed Vietnamese boat
people to settle in Ottawa. She was co-host for the Women's Constitutional Conference
calling for gender equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of
Rights. In 1985 she was elected president of the federal New Democratic
Party and in 1987 was elected in a federal by-election to the
House of Commons in Ottawa. In 1989 she was executive director of
the Canadian Council on Children and Youth and in 1995 continued serving
social causes when she headed up Oxfam Canada.
Minovitch. Born February 13, 1930 Rockglen, Saskatchewan. Died February 13, 1982.
In 1949 she married Eli Mandel. after studying at the University of
Saskatchewan University. She and her husband settled in Toronto and
later in Edmonton. The couple had two children. She began writing
poetry in her late 30’s when her marriage broke down.
She suffered from manic depression and she was able to express
her feeling with courage and honesty in her work.
She won the Governor General’s Award in 1978 for her
collection of poems; Lions at Her Face. She too her own life
in Edmonton. The University of Calgary Archives holds a collection
of her papers.
Born February 14, 1927 Kitchener, Ontario. Died September 29, 2007. She
ran away from home at the age of fifteen in order to join the Canadian
Army during World War ll. Enlisted initially as a soldier, she
quickly became part of the Army Entertainment Corps, travelling Europe
during the war, performing music and dance numbers to entertain the
troops; During her acting career she also used the name
Lois Hooker. While she is credited with some 68 roles in movies and
TV she will perhaps be best remembered for her portrayal in 14 of the Ian
Fleming James Bond films as Miss Moneypenny. While her appearances
where short in each film she made the role memorable.
Elizabeth Tilly. née
Born February 14,1960 Long Beach, California.
In the mid 1960's her parents
divorced and she lived with her mother and stepfather in Texada
Island, British Columbia later moving to Vancouver. . As a youth she
wanted to be a dancer and studied at the Connecticut Ballet Company
and later at the Throne Dance Theatre. However her career
turned to acting with a back injury after her debut in 1980 when she appeared
in “FAME” The following year she began acting career with a
small part in the hit TV series Hill Street Blues. In 1983 to 1989
she was married to Tim Zinnemann and the couple had two children. in
1993 she dropped out of the acting scene. In 1994 she published her
1st novel Singing Songs which is about a young girl and her
sisters living in the Northwest who are molested by their
stepfather. Meg has stated that she had been abused by her own step
father. In 1995 through 2002 she was married to John Calley. In 2002
she married Don Calame. In 2010 she was once again acting in a TV
series. Her sixth novel appeared in 2007, Porcupine which was
a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. In
2011 she appeared at the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria,
British Columbia. In January 2012 she stared in the Global
Television mini series Bomb Girls winning a Canadian Screen
Award for Best Lead Actress in 2013.
February 15, 1927 Liberec, Czech Republic. She emigrated from her
home in 1948. She attended high school and university
in Toronto and then at Columbia University in New York City, U.S.A. She would
edit, write, and teach her love of Germanic studies. Among her many
awards is a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Teaching 1972 and the Hlavake Medal of the Czech Academy of Science 1992.
She is professor emerita at the University of British Columbia.
Edythe Broughton. née
Rosevear. Born February
15, 1940 Toronto, Ontario. She studied piano at Trinity College of
Music, London England. After studying at the University of Toronto she taught mathematics but she still kept up
her interest in music and composing and helped with music programs
after school. Marie married Peter Broughton who was also a teacher
of mathematics and a pianist. The couple had two children. At
this time she composed a number of pieces for Piano, piano duet,
choirs and other instruments. Continuing to work withe the Toronto
Board of Education she as a choir accompanist and enjoyed working
with teachers and their choirs She also enjoys composing sols and
anthems for her church. Perhaps one of the most
famous of her several works is Un Canadien Errant.
Born February 16, 1972 Granby, Quebec. Her brother brought her to a badminton game when
she was 9. She was told that girls couldn't beat guys. That
did it! She was hooked! She outplayed them all! In 1990 she
relocated to Calgary, Alberta where she learned English becoming
bilingual. By 1995 she had won
a bronze medal in the Pan American Games, and in 1997 and 1999 she won Pan
Am gold in the doubles event. She earned a silver in Mixed doubles
at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. After the Commonwealth Games,
Manchester England in 2002 she retired from competition.
Born February 17, 1901
Middleton, Nova Scotia. Died 1976 Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
She pursued life on stage after attending Acadia University. She
taught at Conway Central College, Arkansas, U.S.A. moving to
New York City in 1929 working as a Ziegfeld chorus girl. She then
studied nursing at the Jersey School of Medicine graduating in 1935.
On September 1, 1937 she married a rich Dutch businessman, Willem
WW ll their home in The Netherlands was used as a refuge by escaping
allied airmen. On September 29, 1941 she arrested, found guilty of
treason and sentenced to death by firing squad. a sentence
which was later commuted to life with hard labour. On March 24, 1945
as allied forces bombed the prison camp, Mona escaped. She spoke
fluent German a help in making her way back to The Netherlands. Reunited after the liberation, Mona nursed
her husband Willem, returning
to Canada only after his death in 1956. Mona was presented with citations
from General Eisenhower and Air Chief Marshal Tedder of the Royal
Air Force for helping allied airmen evade enemy capture. Back in
Nora Scotia she married Harry Foster in 1959. In 2005
Historica Canada produced a Heritage Minute for TV detailing her
arrest and her escape.
Buhs. Born February 17, 1938 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Martha adopted the legal surname of her 1st husband Donnelly Rhodes.
She graduated from the National Theatre School, Montreal, Quebec and
as one of Canada’s leading actresses she has long been
associated with the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
She worked as artistic director of the Grand Theatre, London,
Ontario from 1988 through 1994. In 1993 she starred in the film
Mustard Bath which was filmed in Guyana, South America. It was in
this film that she earned her 1st Genie Award as best supporting
actress. She went on to win Genie Awards for her work in films in , 1984, 1994, and
1996. She has also earned Gemini Awards for her work in TV. She has
received the Order of Ontario in 1994 and promoted to Companion in the Order of Canada
1990. She received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for
lifetime contribution to Canadian Theatre in 1996.
2007 she was appointed director of Stratford's Birmingham
Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training.
Born February 17, 1957 Morden, Manitoba . As a young girl, she was trained
in classical singing. During her teens she experimented with folk
music and performed in clubs in her home town of Winnipeg. In the
1970's she became familiar with Celtic music. She worked as
a singer, actress and writer at the famous Stratford Festival in Ontario.
She learned to play the harp and even played as a busker on the streets
of Toronto. She has written musical scores for works by the National
Film Board of Canada as well as producing albums of her work. Her
1991 album won a Juno Award. The recording "The Bells of Christmas"
was recorded for the Walt Disney film The Santa Claus in 1994.
18, 1955, Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1969 she was diagnosed with a
joint disorder in her left leg. Forced to train wearing a fiberglass cast
she worked with crutches. But she did not let this keep her down as she made
the trials and won 3 medals at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh,
Scotland. In 1971 Pan Am Games in Cali, Columbia she won a gold in the 4 X
100 medley relay, a gold in the 200 meter backstroke and a 3rd
gold in the 100 meter backstroke. Prior to the 1972 Olympic Games, Munich,
Germany she experienced spinal problems and tendonitis in both shoulders and
yet she won a bronze medal in the 200 meter backstroke. She is a member of
the Order of Canada. She is also a member of the Circle of excellence at
Swimming Canada having been inducted on April 5, 2013. Source
Bob Ferguson, Who’s Who in Canadian Sport (Toronto: Prentice Hall
Born February 19, 1904 Sutton, England. Died May 14, 1975.
Hilda earned her BA and MA from the University of Saskatchewan and a
PhD from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. From 1949 to 1951 she
was the only woman serving on the Royal Commission on National
Development in the Arts, Letters and Science which established the
Canada Council. From 1958 through 1969 she taught history at the
University of Saskatchewan and served as head of the History
Department. In 1966 she published, in both French and English par
the the Canadian Centenary Series.
In 1967 she became a Companion of the Order of Canada.
She was a professor of History at Queen's University where she
wrote the history of Queen's in 1978. In 1986 the Canadian
Historical Association has awarded the Hilda Neatby Prize for
writings in French and English of an article published in Canada
that makes an original and scholarly contribution in the field of
women's history. In 2000 Canada Post issued a millennium stamp to
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Born February 20, 1941 Piapot Reserve, Craven, Saskatchewan. (Sometimes
recorded as 1942) This orphaned
aboriginal child was to become a moving force in the international
emergence of folk music. She was adopted and grew up in
Massachusetts where she attended the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, U.S.A. As a child and teen she taught herself to play piano
and the guitar. In 1962 she was touring with her music at music
festivals across North America.
In 1963 her song The Universal Soldier was one of her most
popular works and she was named Billboard Magazines Best New Artist.
In 1964 she attended a Powwow on the Piapot Cree reserve where
she was adopted by the her people and where she learned of her
culture. In 1968 she married Dewain Bugbee of Hawaii but sadly the
marriage ended in divorce in 1971. In 1975 she married Sheldon
Wolfchild of Minnesota and the couple had one child. It was in 1975
that she 1st appeared on Sesame Street after which she was always a
welcome guest. Once again divorced she married a third time to Jack
Nitzsche (died 2000). In the 1980's she began used Apple Inc., Apple
ll and Macintosh computers to record her music and visual arts. Many
of her songs have been used in movies and TV including the son
Up were we belong in An Officer and a Gentleman which
received the Academy Award for Best Song in 198 and a Golden Globe
Award for Best original Song in 1983. In addition the song received
an BAFTA Award for Best Original Song Written for a Film. That same
year she was honoured as Best International Artist in France. .In
1989 she wrote and performed the music for Where the Spirit Lives,
a film about native children being abducted and forced into
residential schools. She took leave from the profession returning in
1992 after 16 years releasing a new album followed by another album
in 1996. As an artist her works have been exhibited at the Glenbow
Museum, Calgary, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Emily Carr Gallery,
Vancouver, British Columbia, and the American Indian Arts Museum,
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A. In 1996 she started a philanthropic
fund Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education and in 1997
she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project devoted to better
understanding Native Americans. She earned a Juno Award, a Gemini
Award, a Dove Award and became an Officer in the Order of Canada.
The following year she received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame,
Toronto. In 2003 she became the spokesperson for the UNESCO
Associated Schools Project Network in Canada. In 2009 she was
inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and won a Juno
Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for Running for the
Drum. In 2010 she earned the Governor General's Performing Arts
Award. In 2015 she received the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in
Music Award. In 2016 she earned two Juno Awards.
Born February 20, 1967
Vancouver, British Columbia. She has completed her
studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia where she holds a
Bachelor of Science degree. She made her rowing debut in 1994 at the
World Championships and winning a gold at the 1994 Commonwealth
is a full-time coach and athlete who is looking into a possible sports-related
career. As a member of the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team she won a
silver medal in the 1996 Atlantic City, U.S.A. Olympic Games. In
1999 the she won a bronze medal at the World Championship. (2017)
Heinrich. née Roderick Murwillumbah. Born
February 21, 1954 New South
Wales, Australia. She earned her B. Math and her PhD
at the University of Newcastle. She started her teaching career at the
University of Arizona and moved to British Columbia in 1980 to work at
Simon Fraser University. She is active in promoting the importance of
mathematics and the need of numerate citizens and encouraging and
supporting women in mathematics and the sciences. She was Chair of the
Education committee of the Canadian Mathematics Society and moved up
to be Vice President in 1993 and President in 1996-1998. She is the
author of various reports and numerous articles in her chosen field.
in 1995 she received the Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for
Health and Education. In 2005 she earned the Adrien Puliot Award
from the Canadian Mathematical Society.
Baden Powell. Not
Canadian But I just could not leave her off a list that Girl Guides
It was also Lord B-P's Birthday! If you do not recognize her name be sure to look it up on
Born February 22, 1855 Saint John, New Brunswick. Died May 18, 1916.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She graduated with her Bachelor
of Science and English Literature from Mount Allison College, Sackville,
New Brunswick on May 25, 1875 becoming the first woman in the British
Empire to receive a bachelor’s degree.
She later married a
Methodist minister J. L. Dawson and settled into life as a
minister's wife. (2017)
February 22, 1951 Vancouver, British Columbia. When she was 6 her
family moved to California where she took naturally to swimming.
Back in Vancouver she joined the Dolphin Swimming Club. Standing
4’9” She became known as “Mighty Mouse” for her swimming prowess,
versatility and speed. At 15 years of age she was Canada’s
outstanding athlete of the year, the youngest person to ever receive
the Lou Marsh Trophy. She holds 4 gold medals from Commonwealth
Games 1966, plus 3 silvers and broke 2 world records! She was the
1st Canadian Woman to ever win 4 gold. In 1967 she won 2 gold and 3
silver medals in the Winnipeg Pan-American Games and broke 2 more
world records. At the Mexico Olympic games in 1968 she provided
Canada with 2 individual silver medals and a relay bronze medal. She
is the 1st person ever to win 3 medals in a single
Olympic Games and the 1st Canadian female swimmer to win
a medal. . However all Canada asked “Why did you not win gold?”. The
weight of not winning gold for Canada was the beginning of a
downslide in life. At just 18 she retired from competition. In
1969 she received the Order of Canada and in 1971 she was inducted
into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In her personal life she would
marry and have two children only to find herself divorced and
distanced from her family. Suffering from anorexia and depression
she felt that they would be better off without her. She worked at
bringing herself out of this dark period of her life in the late
1980’s earning a diploma in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University
in 1986. However it was not until she met John Watt in 1988 that she
was able to gain stable ground. The couple now have a classic car
business. Elaine has also counseled youth to not make excessive
expectations of themselves. She has also done some writing which she
has published on her website. She wants her story to be a help and
encouragement to others. She and John also work advocating water
safety and drowning prevention in Ontario. In 2010 the Canadian
Sport Advisory Council voted Elaine into the Top 50 greatest
Canadian Athletes of all time. Read her story: questbeyondgold.ca
The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online. Information provided
by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine Tanner-Watt
website (Accessed January 2013)
Eugéne 'Nini' Fischer.
February 23, 1896 Paris, France. Died May 3, 1975. Her family came to Canada when she was 12 and it
was not until after World War I that she would train her soprano singing
voice in London. She was made an honorary member of the Royal College
of Music in London. In 1941 she opened a studio in Montreal helping
many young Canadian artists to make their debuts.(2017)
Martha Louise Black.
Born February 24, 1866 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Died October 31, 1957
Whitehorse, Yukon. Martha attended Saint Mary's College in Indiana,
U.S.A. In 1897 she married Will Purdy and the couple had two sons. One of Canada's
more colourful characters she joined the search for gold by hiking
the famed Chilkoot Pass in the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898! Her
husband, Will, decided to go to Hawaii instead of following the gold
She gave birth to her third son alone in a log cabin. She went
back to Chicago but returned to the Klondike in 1900. In order to
survive she raised money to purchase a saw mill and bossed 16 men
on a mining claim. In 1904 she married George Black. She became the First Lady of the Yukon when George Black, was Commissioner
1912-1916. In 1917 Martha became a Fellow with the Royal
Geographical Society for a series of lectures she presented in
England. In 1935 she was elected to the Canadian Parliament taking
place of her ill husband. She was the second woman ever elected to
the House of Commons. In 1938 she published her autobiography; My
Seventy Years. The autobiography was updated to My Ninety Years
which was republished in 1998 as Martha Black; Her Story from the
Dawson Gold Fields to the Halls of Parliament. She
received the Order of the British Empire in 1946 for her cultural
and social contributions to the Yukon.
In 1986 a
Canadian Coast Guard high-endurance
multi-tasked vessel was given the name
"Martha L. Black" in her honour. In
Canada Post issued a $0.45 stamp in
Born February 24, 1972 Lac Beauport, Quebec.
The daughter of a hockey coach, she began to play at the age
of 5 years. She loved hockey and played well. She was the 1st girl
to play in the Annual Quebec Peewee Hockey Tournament. In
1991-1992 she was the 1st woman to play in a men's Major Junior
She went on to become the 1st woman to play professionally.
She was goalie with the Tampa Bay Lightening of the National Hockey
League playing in preseason exhibition games in 1992-1993.
She also played on the Canadian Women's National Ice Hockey
League, with the team winning gold medals in the International Ice
Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship in 1992 and 1994
followed with a silver medal in the 1998 Nagano, Japan Winter
Olympic Games. If you want the whole story read Manon: Alone in Front
of the Net written in 1997, the year she initially
retired from professional hockey. In June 1998 she married Gerry St
Cyr but the marriage ended in divorce. The couple has two sons. In
2000 she served as marketing director for Mission Hockey, Irvine,
California, U.S.A. where she developed and promoted girls' hockey
equipment. In 2008 she formed the Manon
Foundation to provide scholarships for young women .
In 2008 and 2009 she was working in her sport in Michigan,
and Minnesota, U.S.A. She is still active in her sport today teaching
young girls how to play the sport she loves. Her web site is located
Moretta Fenton Beall
Born February 25, 1922 Lindsay, Ontario. Died November
24, 1980. In 1939. Molly tried to sign up with the Royal Canadian Air
Force, but they were not accepting women until 1941 when the Women’s’
Division was founded. She
was one of the 1st recruits and she worked in the photographic area
to get to fly. She
finally earned her pilots license after the war and in 1953 she went
to England to earn a senior commercial license. In 1959 she married
John Hardisty 'Jack' Reilly (1921-2003) and that same year,
1959, she became a full time charter pilot
where she was the 1st woman in Canada be a captain and the 1st woman
to fly to the Arctic professionally.
She became the 1st woman to be a corporate pilot in Canada
when she was Chief Pilot for Canadian Utilities Company in 1965. .She
was inducted as a
member of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1994.
née Dunington. Born February 25, 1875 South Africa. Died February 25, 1963.
She had been a world traveler by the time she was 14 when she
traveled on her own from Tasmania to England.
Edith attended the University of London, England for courses in
pre-medical studies. She
met her husband, Cyril Berkeley, while studying
the pure sciences of chemistry and zoology in England and the couple
married in 1902. The couple had one daughter.
She left her position at Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. to
volunteer for the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British
Columbia in 1918 where she worked as a volunteer until 1963.
Her gave up his job in 1930 to join his wife as a volunteer. The family
would eventually settle in British Columbia. Under her lead they became
world authorities on the classification of marine worms. Enthusiastic
gardeners they also developed a new species flowers in the family
of the Iris.
Leyrac. née Tremblay. Born
February 26, 1928 Montreal, Quebec. Monique was just 13 when she
first acted on radio. Monique would go on to become the 1st great international star
from French Canada. Using her
natural gifts of music and drama she started her acting career on
radio in 1943.In 1950 she was appearing in French language movies.
Monique married French actor Jean
Dalmain (1915-2010) and briefly work in theatre in Paris.
In 1965 she won the grand prizes at the international
festival of Song in Sopot, Poland and at the Festival de la Chanson
at Ostende, Belgium. She would also tour in France, Russia. and
North America. She appeared in numerous TV shows in both French and
English networks. In the 1980's she began to write and stage one-woman
shows where she sang and acted. She was named an Officer of the Order
of Canada in 1967. In 1972 she appeared on stage in Threepenny
Opera at the Stratford Festival. She received the 1979 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée.
In 1988 she was inducted as a Knight in the National Order of
Quebec. In 1997 she earned the Governor General's Performing
Arts Award. Monique married French actor Jean Dalmain (1915-2010).
née Hunter. Born
February 27, 1857 St
George, Canada West (now Ontario). Died February 26, 1910. Young
Addie attended the Ladies College at Brantford, Ontario where
she med John Hoodless. On September 14, 1881 the couple were married
and settled in Hamilton, Ontario. The couple had four children. On
August 10, 1889 her youngest son died at 14 months of age from
meningitis. It was a time when dairy practices where questionable
and pasteurization was not common leaving milk often tainted and was
not refrigerated. Contaminated milk for a baby would have increased.
It was after the child's death that Adelaide began to participate in
public life his suffering. to help spread knowledge and prevent baby
deaths. She served as president of the Hamilton Young Women's
Christian Association (YWCA) and worked to establish domestic
science education She is one of the founder of the Canadian
National YWCA in 1895. In 1989 she published a book Public School
Domestic Science. February 12, 1897 while speaking at the
Farmer's Institute Ladies Night she suggested forming a social group
to broaden the knowledge of domestic Science and agriculture. A week
later a group of 100 women became the 1st branch of the Women's
Institute. with Adelaide as honorary President. S. With Lady Aberdeen
(1857-1939), she helped
found the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses.
In 1902 she approached the wealthy Sir William MacDonald, a tobacco
merchant, to fund Domestic Science Programmes in Guelph, Ontario
and Quebec at the college level. In 1907 the Women's Institutes for
their 10 anniversary commissioned a portrait of Adelaide. The University
of Guelph recognizes her contribution to education by hanging her
portrait in what was once called MacDonald Institute. Several
Ontario schools have been named in her honor . In 1937 a cairn near
St George, Ontario is dedicated to her. In 1975 the Adelaide
Hoodless Rose was developed and in 1993 Canada Post issued the
Adelaide Hoodless commemorative postage Stamp. in 2003 to mark the
100th anniversary of the founding of MacDonald Institute in Guelph
the Hoodless Garden was dedicated beside MacDonald
Hall. A large aluminum portrait is mounted on
the wall by the garden allowing light to cast a shadow image of
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead is a National Historic Site.
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Born February 27, 1952
Her childhood dream was to play hockey for the National Hockey
League (NHL) Maureen obtained her B.A. from the University of Ottawa
in 1973 and married a young lawyer politician, Joe Clark
and16th Prime Minister of Canada. She causes a minor stir when she
decided to retain her maiden name after her marriage being Ms
McTeer. She is the only wife of a Prime Minister to used her
She would balance her continued education to become a lawyer
with the challenge of having a daughter. In 1982 she helped
organize the Esso Women's Nationals championships tournament. She is an author and
journalist and a specialist in medical law and served on the Royal
Commission on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies from 1989
through 1993. She has her an interest in politics and has served on
numerous committees and even ran (unsuccessfully ) for a seat in Parliament.
She is the only spouse of a Prime Minister to have her own political
career. She is also known for her involvement in charity work having
served as the
National spokesperson for the Osteoporosis Society of Canada. In
2003 she published In My Own Name: A Memoir. In 2008 she
received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the
Luxton. Born February 28, 1946. Meg
earned her Master's Degree and her Phd ins Social Anthropology from
the University of Toronto. She is a professor
in women's studies who co-founded the excellent Women's Studies Program
at the University of Toronto. She is a Professor in the School of
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies , York University, Toronto,
Ontario. She served as Director of the Graduate Programme in Gender,
Feminist and Woman's Studies and of the Centre for Feminist
Research. She has served on various committees
including the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Her
writings on the history of women include: More than a Labour
of Love: Three Generations of Women's Work in the Home . In 2015 she
was a visiting professor
Born February 28, 1961? Edmonton, Alberta.
She began her movie career with a movie in which there was
no dialogue! Quest for Fire which premiered in 1981. She has
appeared in numerous movies including the Color Purple in
1985 and Far Out Man in 1990. She married Owen Bayliss and
the Couple had one son divorcing in 1982. In 1989 she married actor
C. Thomas Howell, a co-star in the movie Soul Man. Divorced
she married Nathan Ulrich but again the marriage ended in divorce in
2014. She also appeared with her father in Cheech & Chong's
the Corsican Brothers. Her career to 2013 had spanned roles in
some 40 movies. and numerous appearances on TV show including many
February 29, 1962 Sherbrooke,
Quebec. She began speed skating when she was 8 years old. She
competed for the 1st time in 1979 in long track speed skating at the
Canada Winter Games winning gold in 500 metre, 1000 metre and 1500
metre events. In 1980 at the Winter Olympic Games in Lack Placid,
New York, U.S.A. she only placed 19th in the 500 metre. She won the
Elaine Tanner Award for best Canadian Junior Athlete in 1979 and
1983. Returning to the Olympic Games in 1984 she again was well back
in the pack. In the mid 1980's she suffered pain in her knees and
she began to only participate in short track speed skating winning
the overall short track at the World Championship in 1979 and 1983.
In 1988 at the Calgary Olympic Games she won a gold in the 1500
meter, a silver in the 1000 metre and 3000 metre a bronze in the 500
metre and the 3000 metre relay. She was Female Athlete of the Year
for the Canadian Speed Skating Association in 1988, 1989 and 1991.
1988 saw her win the Overall World Championship which she would win
again in 1989 and 1990 becoming the 1st skater to win 5 Overall
World titles. In 1991 she was inducted into the Olympic Hall of
Fame. In the Albertville, France Winter Olympic Games in 1992
she won gold in the 3000 metre relay but lost the race in the 500
metre after a collision with another skater. She suspended her
medical studies at the Université of Montreal to win a silver medal
in the 1994 Lillehammer, Norway Winter Olympic Games. She retired
from sports to complete her medical degree in 1998.
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