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Thunder Bay, Ontario
Her many years of dedication to her community include being a board member of the Thunder Bay Women's Centre and a founding member of the Northern Women's Credit Union. She was also the first president of Crisis Homes Inc. '76, an organization providing support services to battered women. A writer, and a Collective Member of the Northern Woman's Journal, she has published two volumes of poetry.
Galiano Island, British Columbia
One of Canada's foremost women poets, she received the Governor General's Medal for Poetry in 1944 and 1947. She is a writer with a feminist perspective and has been Writer in Residence at two Canadian universities. Among her publications are The Unquiet Bed, A Winnipeg Childhood, Right Hand, Left Hand, and The Phases of Love.
A teacher both at the elementary and high school levels, as well as in adult education, she was President of L'Union catholique des femmes rurales de St-Hyacinthe from 1961 to 1966. She was a founding member of L'Association féminine d'éducation et d'action sociale (AFÉAS) in 1966, and its President from 1970 to 1975. In recognition of her many achievements, the AFÉAS recently created the Prix Azilda Marchand in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the field of social work and women's rights.
As a classroom teacher and elementary and high school principal from 1930 to 1976, she fought successfully for women teachers to be paid at the same rate as men. A member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission from 1971 to 1979, she presently co-chairs the Legislative Review Committee of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre on Aging of the University of Manitoba.
Norah Vernon Toole
Castalia, Grand Manan, New Brunswick
After graduating from McGill University in 1929 with a degree in chemistry, she moved to Fredericton. She was a founding member of the Women's Study Club, which pressed for women's rights in various areas. In 1966, she organized the Fredericton Voice of Women. She is a committed peace activist, and involved with Amnesty International.
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