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

This timeline is not all inclusive.

The timeline  was fun to prepare and hopefully it will be fun to read.  Perhaps it will even be  useful.

Events listed are drawn from various sources including those listed on other areas of http://famouscanadianwomen.com

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check out the birthdays listed in
"Do you share a birthday with a famous Canadian woman?"

LAST UPDATED July 2014

DATES

EVENTS

1950
1950 - 1953 - women once again volunteer for military service when  when Canada commits itself to the Korean War.
 Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1950 -
Inuit Canadian are given the right to vote.

1950 - Marion Orr
(1918-1995) of Maple, Ontario begins her own flying school. During her career as a flight instructor she trained over 600 pilots. Source: Women in Canadian History. Susan Merrwill http;//www.niagara.com/~merrwill/trivia.html (accessed June 3, 2004)

1950 -
Acclaimed engineer Dormer Ellis (1925 -  ) bcomes the 1st woman professor of electrical engineering at Ryerson Institute of Technology, Toronto,
Source The Toronto Business and Processional Women’s Club. Online Accessed February 2013.

1950 - Canadians invent the green garbage bag. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 18.

Births 1950:
1950 - Born Cathy Kerr (1951-2004) social activist for the disabled
March 16, 1950 -
Born Kate Nelligan, actress.
April 18, 1950 - Born Jane Austin Coop, musician.
June 17, 1950 - Born Cathy Sherk ( 1950-   ) Canadian Champion women's golfer.
July 11, 1950 - Died
Dr. Margaret Ellen Douglas (1878-1950) doctor and medical administrator in Manitoba.
July 12 , 1950- Born Barbara Astman, photographer and multimedia artist.
July 20, 1950 - - Born Tantoo Cardinal, actress.
July 23, 1950 - Born Belinda Montgomery (1950-   ) well respected support actress worked mainly in TV.
September 15, 1950 - Born Sheila Fraser, appointed Auditor General of Canada.
September 28, 1950- Born Catherine Robbin, mezzo-soprano.
November 2, 1950- Born Wendy Lill Playwright, journalist, community development worker, historian and Member of Parliament (Dartmouth, N.S.)
November 9, 1950 - Born Rachelle Halpenny (1950-2012) a sport personality who say no disability to entering the "Game"
November 22, 1950 - Born Linda Granfield, author.

Deaths 1950:
1950 - Died Julia Arthur (1869-1950) international stage actress and movie star.
July 11, 1950 - Died Margaret Ellen Douglass (1878-1950) distinguished early woman doctor.
July 29, 1950 - Died Alice Stuart Massey (    -1950) Wife of Vincent Massey and author.
1951
 
1951 - All three services of the Canadian military begin to recruit women in the reserves.   Source: Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com accessed March 2005.

1951 - Charlotte Whitton
(1896-1975) is the 1st woman to become mayor of a major Canadian city, Ottawa.

1951 - Addie Aylestock becomes the 1st Black woman to be ordained as a Minster in Canada. Source: Black History Month http://cyberus.ca/~acdas/bhm1a.html  (accessed May 2005)

August 16, 1951 -
Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) becomes the 1st Canadian woman to swim the English Channel. (Information from her family)

October 2, 1951 -
the first enlistees in the Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Navy begin their training. Source: “Doreen Nettie Paterson Reitsma”  by  Raymond Reitsma , The Vancouver Hall of Fame, online (Accessed December 2012.)



November 12, 1951 -
National Ballet of Canada is founded.


Births 1951:
1951 -
Born Cheryl Marlene Davidson (1951-1997) Lawyer and Judge in Manitoba
1951 -
Born Meerlae Cho (1951 -  ) Lawyer
1951 -
Born Micheline Rawlins ( 1951 -  )
The Honorable Madam Justice Rawlins was the 1st Black woman appointed the bench in Ontario in 1992.
1951 - Born Jane Ash Poitras (1951-  ) aboriginal artist/painter.
1951 - Born Elizabeth Hay (1951-   ) award winning author.
February 22, 1951 -
Born Elaine Tanner- Watt , considered Canada's best competitive swimmer., national champion and Olympic Medal winning swimmer.
February 24, 1951 - Born Helen Shaver  (1951-   ) , actress and member of Canada's Walk of Fame.
March 2, 1951 - Born Louise V. Charron (1951-   )
appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on August 30, 2004
March 7, 1951 - Born Diane Jones Konihowski, Medal winning track star and recipient of the Order of Canada.
March 12, 1951 - Born Susan, Musgrave, poet.
March 25, 1951 - Born Ethel Blondwin-Andrews, the first aboriginal  woman elected to the Canadian Parliament and the the first appointed to a Cabinet position.
March 28, 1951 - Born Karen Kain, prima ballerina.
May 6, 1951 - Born Louise Portal, award winning actress, author, and composer.
May 7, 1951 - Born Janina Frakowska, international renowned pianist.
June 4, 1952 - Born Maryann Kovalski (1951-  ) Illustrator for books.
July 4, 1951 - Born Beverly Boys, champion diver in springboard and platform diving.
July 5, 1951 - Born Marie M. Klawe (1951-   ) BUSINESSWOMAN.
August 5 , 1951- Born Carole Laure, accomplished actress, director and producer of films.
August 23, 1951 - Born Bev (Beverly) Busson ( 1951-    ) first woman to be appointed as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (2006)
October 9, 1951 - Born Thelma Sonia Wright ( 1951   ) medal winning track and field star.

Deaths 1951:
1951 -
Died Mary Alexander Bell Eastlake (1864-1951) artist
1951 -
Died Flores (Florence) La Due (1883-1951) World Champion Trick and Fancy Roper, rancher .
February 7, 1951 - Died
Edna May Diefenbaker (1899-1951) wife of John George Diefenbaker (1895-1979) 13th Prime Minister of Canada. Note some sources report her birth date as 1901.
October 5, 1951 - Died Francis Marion Beynon (1884-1951), journalist, feminist & social reformer.In 1912 became the first full-time editor, Grain Growers Guide.

1952  1952 - Elsie Knott, a member of the Ojibwa tribe, is the first Native woman elected chief.

September 1952 - Canada's first television stations begin broadcasting in  Montreal and Toronto.

September 8, 1952 - Laddie Dennis (1920-2009) is the first Canadian woman to appear on Canadian TV. Source: Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation
Http://www.cbmf-fmcr.ca/Newsletter/march 2009/laddie.php (Accessed March 2009)

1952 -
Ethlyn Trapp (1891-1972) became the 1st woman doctor to become head of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame (Accessed December 2012)

1952 - Hanaka Muraoka, a Japanese woman who learned English at school and became a translator published her translation in Japanese of Anne of Green Gables...Akage-no An ( Red haired Anne) Source: Canadian Women Missionaries at Toyo Eiwa in Japan 1882-2006. Translated by Seiichi Ariga and Wayne Irwin. (Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin, 2012)

Births 1952:
1952 -
Born Marsha Elaine Boulton (1952-  ) listed in the Canadian Who's Who as shepherd and author, she is also an historian.
1952 -
Born Susan Mabel Hare (1952-   ) one of the 1st aboriginal lawyers in Ontario 1995.
January 10, 1952 -
Born Angela Grauerholz ( 1952-   ) internationally known photographer.
January 20. 1952 - Born Ruth Elizabeth Borson. Canadian Poet.
February 19, 1952 - Born Constance Barbara Backhouse educator and author in women's issues.
February 27, 1952 - Born Maureen McTeer, author, journalist, lawyer and politician, wife to Prime Minister Joe Clark.
March 25, 1952 - Born Elizabeth Legge, artist and curator of fine arts.
April 4, 1952 - Born Karen Magnusson, world champion figure skater.
April 9, 1952 - Born Diana Zoe Coop, visual artist.
April 11, 1952- Born Indira Vasanti Damarasekera an award winning mechanical Engineer.
May 13, 1952- Born Mary Walsh (1952-   ) award winning actor, comedian, writer and role model.
May 19, 1952 - Born Sarah Ellis, (1952-  ) author of books for children and youth.
June 181952  - Born Shirley Cheechoo ( stage name Cactus Rose) artist, actor, writer, director singer and producer.
July 5, 1952  - Born Susan Riva Bellan, import and retail executive and author.
July 5, 1952 - Born Laurelea Vorna Conrad, artist and business CEO.

August 31, 1952 - Born Carrie-Jo (C.J.) Taylor, artist and author of books for teens.
September 17, 1952 - Born Nancy Margaret Reid award winning statistician.
December 11, 1952 - Born Goldie Semple (1952-2009) stage actress

Deaths 1952:
1952 - Died Arabelle "Belle" Frances Patchen Northwestern pioneer
January 23, 1952 -
Died
Anna "Annie" Jamieson (1871-1952) education activist
April 9, 1952 -
Died  
Harriet Tremaine Meiklejohn (1876- 1952) World War l Nursing Sister and acclaimed nursing administrator.
April 12, 1952 -
Died Margaret May McWilliams, (1875-1952)author and founder of the Canadian Federation of University Women.
May 12, 1952 - Died Lillian Margaret Hendrie, (1870-1952) teacher and author.
November 3, 1952 - Died Minnie ulia Beatrice Campbell (1862-1952) social activist and prominent volunteer.

1953 January 1, 1953 - National Library of Canada is established in Ottawa.

January 1953 - 5 women, including Mrs. Irvin McLean are the first women to serve on a jury in Ontario. Source: Cochrane Northland Post January 22, 1953. pg.2.

July 13, 1953 - Stratford Festival opens under a tent for its 1st season.

July 27, 1953 - Korean conflict ends.

1953 - Vitamin D is now added to milk.

1953 - Nancy Hodges
becomes the 1st woman senator in British Columbia's legislature.
 Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

1953 -  Stella Panarites (1924-1986) is the 1st woman lawyer of Greek Heritage to be called to the bar in Ontario.
Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online

1953 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938-   ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1954 & 1955)

1953 - Frances Dafoe (1929 -   ) and her skating partner Norris Bowden (1926-1991)  are the 1st Canadians to win a World Pairs Skating title.
Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed January 2013)

1953 - Simpson's Department Stores merges with American Sears and the first Simpson's Sears catalogue is issued. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html (Accessed December 15,2004.)

1953 - Woodward's Catalogue, a tradition in Western Canada,  business closes and assets are purchased by the Hudson's Bay Company. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html (Accessed December15, 2004.)
 

Births 1953:
1953 -
Born Shari Andrews (1953-  ) writer and poet.
1953 - Born Catherine Kim McArthur(1953 -   ) head of McArthur and Company Publishers.
1953 - Born Micheline Charest (1953-2004) business woman in animation industry.
1953 -
Born Roberta Jamieson (1953-   ) first aboriginal and first woman to be Ontario Ombudsman, Chief of Six Nations, Grand River Territory and first non-parliamentarian to be a House Commons committee.
1953 -
Born Helen R. Pierce (1953-   )
she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Justice at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2001 & may be the 1st Métis lawyer to become a judge in Ontario. Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online
January 30, 1953  -
Born Patricia Kim Alletson (1953-   ) Award winning figure skater.
March 10, 1953 -
Born Debbie Brill medal winning track and field star who has been awarded the Order of Canada.
April 18, 1953 -
Born Louise Bernice Halfe, (1953-    ) aboriginal author and poet.
April 12, 1953 -
Born Paddy Tutty,  musician and singer of Celtic music.
July 9, 1953 -
Born Margie Gillis ballerina, cultural ambassador, appointed to the Order of Canada.
July 13, 1953 -
Born Milica "Mila" Mulroney ( 1953-  ) wife of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (1939 -   )
July 31, 1953 -
Born Sylvie Fortier, champion synchronized swimmer.
September 1953 - Born Anne Laurel Carter (1953-   ) author of books for youth.
September 9, 1953 - Born Deanne "Dee" Brasseur (1953 - )
the 1st woman flight instructor at Canadian Forces Flight Training Schools in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. In 1989 she & Captain Jane Foster became the 1st  women fighter pilots in the world.
December 2, 1953 - Born Sheila Watt-Cloutier (1953-  )
contemporary champion against persistent organic pollutants

Deaths 1953;
1953 -
Died
Nellie Lyle Pattinson (1878-1953) educator and author of Canada's 1st mass produced cookbook
1953 -
Died Helena Jane Coleman (1860-1953) journalist and novelist.
February 21, 1953 - Died
Janet Wishart Carter (1870-1953) renowned educator in Ontario.
May 11, 1953 - Died Jean Adair (1873-1953) movie actress.
July 28, 1953 - Died Florence Livesay (1874-1953) journalist and poet.
October 12, 1953 - Died Pearl Beatrix Foley ( ? - 1953) author
October 12, 1953 - Died Tilly Rolston (1887-1953)
She was the second woman in British Columbia to be appointed to the cabinet and the first woman in all of Canada to hold a specific portfolio.
December 11, 1953 - Died Dr. Jennie Wildman (1863-1953) established the Department of Gynecology at the Women’s College Hospital
December 16, 1953 - Died Rebecca (Becky) Buhay (1896-1953) a radical political organizer.
December 18, 1953 - Died
Eva Finkelstein Abremovich ( 1877-1953) who in 1897 graduated as one of the first Jewish person from Manitoba College.
 

1954 September 9, 1954 - Long distance swimmer, Marilyn Bell (1937-   )  becomes the 1st person to swim across Lake Ontario, a distance of 51 km.

1954 - Olivia Poole, a mother of seven children who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia,  invents the Jolly Jumper.  The device can be hung in any doorway and the baby is safely harnessed in such manner as to allow exercise and fun with bouncing. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1954 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938-   ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1953 & 1955)

1954 - Frances Dafoe (1929 -    ) and skating partner Norris Bowden (1926-1991) win the World Pairs Skating competition for the second year in a row. They also hold 1953-1956 the North American Championship titles. .    Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed January 2013)

1954 - St John's General Hospital in Newfoundland names its new nurse's residence after pioneer nursing educator, Mary Southcott (1862-1943). Source : 100 Canadian Heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.

1954 - General Electric introduces the portable home dishwasher.
Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.  pg 18

1954 - Swanson and Sons introduced the TV Dinner. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 18.

Births 1954:
1954 -
Born - during winter seal hunt Rosemarie Kuptana (1954 -   ) Social Activist and Native Leader, Officer , order of Canada.
February 2, 1954  -
Born D. J. McCawley Canadian lawyer and judge.
February 21,1954 - Born Katherine Heinrich educator.
March 4 , 1954- Born Catherine O'Hara, comedienne and  actress of stage and film. 
September 20,1954 - Born Judith Claire Francesca Marie Bernadette Thompson, award winning playwright.
September 22, 1954 - Nicole Juteau (1954-   ) 1st woman police officer in the Province of Quebec.
December 12, 1954 - Born Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, writer of books for young readers.

Deaths 1954:
1
954 -
Died
Kathleen Barrett Blanchard (1872-1954) Music historian.
February 13, 1954 -
Died Agnes Macphail (1890-1954) a founder of the Elizabeth Fry Society, she was first woman elected to the Canadian  parliament.
April 18 , 1954 - Died Winifred Eaton (1875-1954) Onoto Watanna , first known author of Asian descent to have works published in America.
May 27, 1954 - Died Alice Ravenhill (1859-1954) social activist and author.

1955 1955 - Restrictions on the employment of married women in the federal public service are removed.

1955 - The Canadian Army and Navy begin to recruit women for regular services not just reserves. By 1955 more than 5,000 women are serving.
Source: Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com ;  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1955 - Margaret Gee is the 1st Chinese Canadian woman lawyer to be called to the bar. Source: Canadian Chinese National Council. Moments of Chinese Canadian History. http://www.ccnc.ca/toronto/history/timeline.html (accessed July 7, 2003)

1955 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938-   ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1953 & 1955)

1955 - The Canadian Labour Congress is established.

1955 - The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is established.

1955 - Abby Hoffman (1947-  ) wants to play hockey. In order to play she has to cut her hair short and play as a boy. All went well until the all-star game when players had to submit birth certificates! Abby became an overnight sensation and other girls soon appeared to try out for boys hockey teams! Source: Women's Hockey - backcheck; a hockey retrospective. Library and Archives Canada http://collectionscanada.ca/hockey/024002-2200-e.html (accessed January 27, 2006)

1955 - Frances Dafoe-Mellick (1929-   ) and Norris Bowden (1926-1991) Pairs skating champions are inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed January 2013)

Births 1955:
1955 -
Born Andromache Karakatsanis (1955-   ) appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada 2011.
1955 -
born Sarindar Dhaliwal (1955-   ) artist and feminist of Sikh descent.
February 10, 1955
- Born Brenda Clark, illustrator of Franklin the Turtle books.
February 1, 19555 - Born Donna Brown (1955 -  ) internationally acclaimed soprano.
February 28, 1955 - Born Rebecca Gail Cowan (1955-  ) artist
March 9, 1955 - Born Marilyn C. Bodough, businesswoman and well known motivational speaker who in her spare time was a member of the 2996 Canadian and World Championship curling teams.
March 11, 1955 - Born Leslie Cliff , world  medalist  in swimming
March 26, 1955 - Born Annette Mangaard, filmmaker.
April 12, 1955 - Born Claire Samson businesswoman in communications and broadcasting.
May 19 , 1955 - Born Sue Holloway, Olympic skier and Kayak racer.
May 26, 1955 - Born Louise Bédard (1955) renowned dancer on stage, TV and movies.
June 19, 1955 - Born Renée Elaine Elio, professor and author in the field of computer sciences.
July 17, 1955 - Born Geneviére Cadieux, photographic artist.
August 12, 1955 - Born Jane Siberry a singer who owns her own record label.
August 17, 1955 - Born  Manitok Thompson, teacher and Inuklitut programs specialist and MPP Northwest Territories.
October 8, 1956 - Born Arlene Dickinson (1956-   ) business woman and TV personality on Dragon's Den
October 13, 1955 - Born Teresa Toten (1955-  ) writer.
October 15, 1955 - Born Kristine Winder, model.

Deaths 1955:
1955 - Died Mary Margaret "Margery" Brooker (1901-1955) In 1941 the firs woman appointed School Inspector for the Virden District , Manitoba, the First Canadian women to hold such a position.
Source: Memorable Manitobans Profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (Accessed December 2011)
1955 - Died
Mabel Priscilla Penery French (1881-1955) 1st woman lawyer in New Brunswick.
1955 -
Died Violet Irene Guymer (1885-1955) first woman licensed funeral director in Canada
January 1, 1955 - Died Victoria Cartier (1867-1955) Pianist, organist and teacher.
January 11, 1955- Died Henrietta Tuzo Wilson (1873-1955) The first Canadian born woman mountaineer.
April 10, 1955 - Died Sara "Sadie" Ann Stringer ( 1869-1955) Anglican Church Missionary to the Canadian Northwest
May 18, 1955 - Died
Emilie Musgrave Boswell (1886-1955) early journalist with the Winnipeg Tribune.
December 28, 1955 - Died
Pearl Hart (1871-1955) woman stagecoach robber.
1956 1956 - The federal government passes a law granting women equal pay for  doing "identical or substantially identical" work as men.

1956 - Lucille Wheeler  (1935-   ) wins a bronze medal in the Olympics,  the 1st ever Canadian Olympic ski medal.
         
-
Frances Dafoe (1929-   ) and Norris Bowden (1926-1991) win a Silver Olympic medal in Pairs figure skating.

1956 - Irene  MacDonald (1933-   )    wins Canada’s 1st Olympic diving medal, a bronze, in Melbourne, Australia.

1956 - Ernestine Russell Weaver
(1938-    ) becomes the 1st Canadian Woman to participate in Gymnastics in the  Games in Melbourne , Australia.

1956 - Marlene Streit (1934 -   )
wins the U.S. Amateur Women's Golf Open Tournament.

1956 - There has been little interest in women's hockey teams since World War ll. Abigail Hoffman (1947-  ) , a pre-teen challenges "boys only" policy in minor hockey when she demands to play the game.

1956 - The Woman's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa is renamed the Ottawa Historical Society. Source: The Ottawa Historical Society Online (Accessed July 2011)

1956 - Col. Saunders introduces Kentucky Fried Chicken in a fast food format to the world.

Births 1956:
1956 - Born Denise Donlon (1956-   ) Broadcaster, Member of Canadian Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.

January 1, 1956 -
Born Sheila McCarthy (1956-  ) award winning actress.
April 4, 1956 - Born Evelyn Hart, international prima ballerina.
April 6, 1956 - Sandra Bezic (1956-   ) International award winning figure skater.
April 30, 1956 - Born
Gina Feldberg (1956-2010) an academic who wrote on the social history of health issues.
May 10, 1956 - Born Dinah Anderson aboriginal artist and woodcarver.
May 27, 1956 - Born Catherine Priestner-Allinger (1956-   ) Medal winning speed skater and Olympic organizer
June 13, 1956 - Born Barbara Stymiest, one of Canada's top businesswomen.

July 31, 1956 -
Born Pam Withers (1956-  ) author of extreme sports novels for young readers.
August 21, 1956 - Born Kim Cattral (1956-   ) award winning actress of movies, television and stage who has a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
October 25, 1956 - Born Andrea Beck (1956-   ) author and artist of the Elliot Moose stories.
December 1956 - Born  Cathy Lacey (1956-   ) artist who uses her art to raise funds to create awareness of various community groups.


Deaths 1956:
May 4, 1956- Died
Mina Hubbard (1870-1956) Labrador adventurer and explorer.
May 18, 1956 -
Died Nellie Margaret Lewis (1892-1956) teacher and author.
January 1956 - Died
Nora Bateson (1896--1956) Librarian and professor at McGill University
August 23, 1956 - Died
Isabel Skelton (1877-1956) respected historian and author.
September 7, 1956 - Died
Amelia Beers Garvin (1878-1956) journalist and editor.
September 20, 1956 -
Died
Nanette Bordeaux, (1911-1956) actress.
October 7, 1956 - Died Maud Allan (1873-1956) , pioneer of modern dance.
1957 June 21,1957 - Rt. Hon. Ellen Louks Fairclough (1905-2004) is the 1st woman appointed to the Canadian federal cabinet by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

1957 - Mabel Frances Timlin (1891-1976.)  is the 1st woman to be elected to the executive committee of the American Economics Association.

1957 - The Canada Council is established to enhance the Canadian cultural experience.

1957 - Blanche Margaret Meagher  (1911-1999.)  she is the 1st woman to become appointed as an ambassador from Canada.

1957 - Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) is the 1st Canadian woman to be a baseball umpire

Births 1957:
January 17, 1957 -
Born Nancy Argenta (1957-  ) soprano.
February 17, 1957 -
Born Loreena McKennit, singer, actress and writer.
March 10, 1957 - Born Shannon Tweed, TV and film actress.
March 23,1957 - Born Amanda Plummer, actress.
March 24, 1957 - Born Olivia Chow (1957-   ) prominent politician and MP of the NDP.
April 3, 1957 - Born Sandra Bell Lundy, cartoonist and founder of the comic strip "Between Friends"
April 6, 1957- Born Gail Amundrud Award winning competitive swimmer.
April 9, 1957 - Born Kit Brennan Watters, actress and playwright .
April 25, 1957-
Born Francine Pelletier, award winning author.
May 1957 -
Died Helen Barnard McCall (1899-1957) Photographer
May 1, 1957 -
Born Marjorie Blackwood ( 1957-   ) Award winning tennis star.
May 4, 1957 -
Born Kathy Kreiner, Gold medal Olympian in skiing.
May 21, 1957 -
Born Linda Bouchard, composer and orchestra conductor.
May 26, 1957 -
Born Lucille Lessard, World champion archer.
June 15, 1957 - Died
Gertrude Childs (1881-1957) social worker awarded the Order of the British Empire 1934.
June 16, 1957 - Born Cindy Shatto (1957-2011)  a true pioneer in the sports of swimming and diving.
June 29, 1957-
Born Janice Rennie, award winning financial consultant.
August 20, 1957-
Born Cindy Nicholas, long distance swimmer and member Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
September 6, 1957-
Born Michaelle Jean (1957-  ) 27th and first Afro Caribbean Governor General of Canada.
November 8, 1957 - Born Afua Cooper (1957 -   ) Black Canadian historian, author and poet.

Deaths 1957:
April 22, 1957-
Died
Dorothy Duncan (1903-1957) author
May 1957 - Died Helen Bernard McCall (11899-1957) pioneer photographer in British Columbia.
May 28, 1957 - Died
Minerva Ellen Reid (1872-1957) Medical doctor, Chief of Surgery Women's College Hospital, Toronto
June 21, 1957 -
Died Bertha Mabel Dunham ( 1881-1957) Librarian, local historian and author of works for young readers.
June 26, 1957 - Died
Virginia K. Copping Norton Kemp (1895-1957) Lady Kemp, social activist and volunteer.
July 15, 1957 - Died Marion Hilliard (1902-1958), medical doctor who helped develop a simplified Pap test.
October 31, 1957 -  Died Martha Louise Black (1866-1957), adventurer and politician, considered to be the First Lady of the Yukon.
December 14, 1957 - Died Katherine Elizabeth Wallis (1860-1957) a sculptor who was decorated by Britain and France for her nursing efforts in World War l.

1958 1958 - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is founded in Montreal. Source: The Timechart of History of Canada by Meredith Macardle (2004)

1958 - Jean Casselman-Wadds (1920-2011) 
is the third woman elected to the Canadian Parliament and along with her father Earle Rowe they became the only father daughter ever to sit in the same session of Parliament. Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.

1958 - Frances Dafoe -Mellick
(1929-   )
and Norris Bowden (1926-1991) figure skating pairs Olympic Silver Medalists in 1956 are inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed January 2013)

Births 1958:
1958 -
Born Michelle "Mickey" Colton (1958-  ) the 1st Canadian Herculese pilot to reach 5000 hours of flying.
1958 -
Born Luba (Lubomir Kowalchyk) (1958 - ) Roc singer.
1958 -
Born Susan Ursel (1958 -  ) 1st openly Lesbian lawyer in Ontario 1986.
June 4, 1958 -
Born Jeannine Ouellette, (1958-  ) bilingual author and Canadian women's historian.
July 26, 1958 -
Born Angela Hewitt ( 1958-   ) renowned pianist known for her playing of music by Bach, but who has recorded other master musicians as well.
September 28, 1958 -
Born Angella Taylor one of Canada's outstanding sprinters.

Deaths 1958:
1958 -
Died Jessie Georgina Sime (1868-1958) author.
January 15, 1958 -
Died
Elizabeth Scott Matheson (1866-1958) an early doctor in Manitoba who practiced for 50 years.
February 16, 1958 - Died Clara Dennis (1881-1958)  pioneer photographer of life in Nova Scotia.
October 2, 1958 - Died Kathleen "Kit" Adeline Martin Cowaret (1887- 1958) Anglican Church Missionary to the Canadian Northwest.
December 15, 1958 - Died
Alexandrine Gibb (1891-1958) pioneer woman sports journalist for women's sports.
December 26, 1958 - Died Eva Gauthier, (1885-1958) internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano.
1959 May 3, 1959 - Marie-Marguerite d'Youville (    -1771) is beatified ( a step in the declaration of sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church). She is the first Canadian born candidate for sainthood .

1959 - Canada's Food Rules is renamed and updated to become Canada's Food Guide.

July 1959 - Margaret Paton Hyndman (1901?-1991) who served the Free France Movement during World War ll is awarded a citation fro Charles DeGaulle and received a silver medal from the City of Paris.
Sources: Toronto Business and Professional Club, website accessed March 1913. ; Margaret Hyndman, lawyer: no warm welcome 50 years ago, Ottawa Citizen June 13, 1976.

1959 - Betty Oliphant (1918-2004) and Celia Franca (1921-    ) found the National Ballet School of Canada

June 26, 1959 - Queen Elizabeth II and President D. Eisenhower of the U.S.A. officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1959 - Olivia Poole,
the inventor of the Jolly Jumper for pre toddler babies had began manufacturing the device in the 1950's and by the end of the decade the family factory in North Vancouver was supplying all of North America, Great Britain and Australia.

1959 - Ernestine Russell Weaver
(1938-   ) dominates the field of Gymnastics in the Pan American games winning four gold and two silver medals. This was the first Pan Am games for the event of Gymnastics.

1959 - Mary and Helen Stewart win a silver medal int the 4X100 freestyle relay in the swimming relay at the Pan Am Games. Source:  British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

Births 1959 :
1959 -
Born Mandy Kerlann (birth name Harmunderjit Kaur Brar) international textile artist.
January 4, 1959 - Born Denise Katrina Mathews (1959 -   ) singer, B bovie actress turned evangelist.
January 12, 1959 -
Born Helen Vanderburg Born Calgary, Alberta. Champion synchronized swimmer.
June 20, 1959 - Born Louise Bessette ( 1959 -  ) internationally acclaimed pianist.
September 5, 1959 - Born Stacy Dales-Schuman (1959-  ) Womens National Basketball Association player and broadcaster.

September 16, 1959 - Born Jennifer Tilly, (1959-   ) actress.

Deaths 1959:
1969 - Died  Constance Garner-Short (1910-1959) one of four women who were 1st lawyers called to the Bar in Quebec.
1959 - Died
Patricia Jenkins Blondal (1926-1959) broadcast journalist, journalist and novelist.
January 21, 1959 - Died Dr. Frances Gertrude McGill (1877-1959) early Canadian medical criminal forensic investigator.
December 16, 1959 - Died Roberta Catherine MacAdams (1880-1959) in 1918 1st woman in Britsh Empire to introduce legislation in a parliament (Alberta)

   

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