Author Archives: ashleighmattern

From the archives: Aileen Meagher (Herstory 2012)

Aileen Meagher represented Canada at the 1931 Olympics and went on to become one of Canada’s most successful athletes during the 1930s. Born in Edmonton in 1910, Aileen grew up in Halifax and attended Dalhousie University, where she earned a … Continue reading

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Herstory 2015 preview: Centenarian Thelma Finlayson

Born in 1914, Thelma Finlayson is a retired entomologist living in Burnaby, B.C. She was the first woman to be hired at Dominion Institute for Biological Control, but when she married in 1940, government regulations restricting married women from public … Continue reading

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From the archives: Judy LaMarsh (Herstory 1977)

Before her entry into politics, Judy LaMarsh had trained as a teacher, mastered drafting and the Japanese language while in the army, and had realized her life-long ambition to become a lawyer. Her ability won her the Minister of Health … Continue reading

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From the archives: Ellen Neel (Herstory 2012)

Ellen May Neel was the first and most famous female carver of West Coast totem poles. She was born in 1916 at Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Her parents were Charles … Continue reading

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From the archives: Violet McNaughton (Herstory 1974)

Violet McNaughton came to Canada in November 1909 to join her father, William Delamark Jackson, who was farming in Saskatchewan. For a year she lived in a sod hut on the prairie, sleeping at night in a room which served … Continue reading

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