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Marthe Asselin Vaillancourt
She has made the prevention of violence against women, children and the elderly an active crusade for more than 20 years as an educator, researcher, advocate and grassroots activist. She was co-chair of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, and is director of the Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels, which grew out of a pilot project she conceived with the Quebec Provincial Police to deal with violence against women.
Dr. May Cohen
A leading proponent of the need to consider gender issues in medicine, she has repeatedly challenged the medical profession on the way it deals with the health concerns of female patients and the role played by women physicians. Currently Associate Dean of Health Sciences at McMaster University, she is recognized for her keen interest in women's health issues and for her work to promote gender equality in the medical profession.
Deeply committed to achieving positive change in the lives of women, she has given voice to the needs and aspirations of the women of the north shore of Labrador. As the first woman mayor of her community, and as founding president of Inuit Women of the Torngats, she has sought to protect women victimized by violence, to involve women in economic development and to promote the traditional culture of Inuit women.
Victoria, British Columbia
A steadfast supporter of rural women, her efforts to advance women's political, social and economic equality have been characterized by her ability to encourage and empower others. As rural coordinator for the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women, she brought the women's movement to rural communities, giving women the means and the encouragement to take collective action to realize their goals.
Carolyn G. Thomas
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
A motivator and leader in efforts to broaden opportunities for black women in employment, business, organizations and the community, her efforts as a human rights activist helped lead to the establishment of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is a founder of the Mary Preston Historical Society, dedicated to raising awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions of women.
Alice E. Tyler
She has dedicated her artistic talent to the advancement of women, seeking, wherever possible, to portray their contribution to society. A central focus of her life's work through art has been the portrayal of the Famous Five women who championed the Persons Case, and her promotion of what they stood for in their advocacy of the rights of women.
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