Category Archives: Ontario

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: Akua Benjamin (Herstory 2007)

“Why don’t we have social workers at the airport? The need is so great, considering that a large majority of immigrants and refugees arrive in Toronto, yet there are no social workers attached to immigration.” – Akua Benjamin, 2005. Akua … Continue reading

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From the archives: Abigail Becker (Herstory 1977)

One November night in 1854, the heavily-laden schooner Conductor was driven aground and smashed during a fierce storm over Lake Erie. The seven surviving sailors clung to the rigging until morning when they were sighted by Abigail Becker from her … Continue reading

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From the archives: Mary Cousins (Herstory 1974)

Featured in the 1974 issue of Herstory, Mary Cousins (Feb. 22, 1938-April 22, 2007) was a nurse, teacher, journalist, ambassador for the North, and an Inuit rights activist. The entry in Herstory is short, and of course, only lists her … Continue reading

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This Week in Herstory 2012: Betty Ann Baker

This week in Herstory 2012, we honour the achievements of Betty Ann Baker, an advocate for the underprivileged, unemployed and disadvantaged in the Niagara Region. In 1981, she helped create Niagara Peninsula Homes, which now manages 2,700 non-profit housing units. She … Continue reading

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