Profiles of Wisdom

In 2000, Betty received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax "for lifetime work to bring about a more humane and just society for all of us."... Read more

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In 2002, Maria Bernard won the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women for achievements in working for the equality of women.... Read more

Profiles of Wisdom

It was a warm June day when Liz Burge was welcomed warmly into Sue's home—even by the family dog. The sitting room was filled with books and memorabilia reflecting Sue's life as a social activist over several decades. The conversation was balanced between her astute analysis of social change and ... Read more

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The driving force behind establishing the widely respected Romero House Soup Kitchen in 1982, Carolyn continues as its Executive Director, keeping a warm and sustaining place for her valued clients but constantly seeking enough resources to meet their needs.... Read more

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A social justice and anti-poverty activist, Joan O'Keefe won Sister of the Year in 2001 and currently provides support to pregnant women as a volunteer doula.... Read more

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Mary Majka's decades of principled, passionate and successful activism for the protection of the natural and built environments and educating the public about their heritage has earned her many significant awards but she remains vigilant, for new threats and new opportunities abound.... Read more

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Shirley's six decades of volunteering include the design and management of five major social programs, advocacy for community issues and support for six health programs.... Read more

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For over 25 years Olive Bryanton's name has been synonymous with consistent and informed advocacy for senior citizens, and especially the development of new services and ideas for better social policies; but younger generations also command attention because of her belief in better inter-generationa... Read more

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Stella Lord's deepening understandings of social justice issues and goals as they relate to capitalism, patriarchy, and colonialism have supported her own activism via university teaching, community development projects, funded policy analyses, scholarly writing, and the re-development of key femini... Read more

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Nancy Riche worked to great pioneering effect in provincial, national, and international trade union organizations as a self-declared unionist, feminist, and socialist strategist, but read on for more detail and stories about her discreetly-applied strategies needed to overcome entrenched patriarcha... Read more

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Believing in the power of well-informed rural women to make social change in their communities, Elizabeth (Betty) Lacey used persistence and leadership skills to expand the educative work of the Women's Institutes, but she worries about the future with so much competition for women's community devel... Read more

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Phyllis Artiss took every opportunity she could to help university students, especially Aboriginals and internationals, toward better academic success but she also tackled equity issues affecting women academics, linked women's studies with community-based living conditions, and gave significant ser... Read more

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From an early age Edith Perry realized that she had to work toward equal rights and opportunities for the economically disadvantaged and silenced as well as develop the skills to examine, with a critical mindset, the many levels of impact of social injustice.... Read more

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For her work in defending Acadian language and culture, Mary Bouchard's many awards include the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.... Read more

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Kathy Sheldon chaired the first Women's Institute Conference held in NL and was a member of the governing body of the Associated Country Women of the World from the 1970s to 1986.... Read more

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In addition to national and local level activism for the advancement of feminist agendas, Joan Hicks helped Nova Scotians of all walks of life realise how collaboratively-planned public library-based social development activity could be challenging and empowering.... Read more

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Sr. Angelina (Angie) Martz is known for her incisive public comments, especially in print media, on various matters of social justice near and far. Community development and social peace are inextricably linked, as Angie argues when she explains how societal dynamics work against better living condi... Read more

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Marian Perkins' pioneering public education and advocacy regarding alcohol addiction and her work for the rights and better care of women inside and outside of the prison system called for skillful approaches to those in power.... Read more

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Gracious, fluent, and crisp, Viola Robinson came well prepared for her interview with Liz Burge in Truro, Nova Scotia. The ambience of the surroundings receded as Viola's passionate narrative took Liz into the world of Aboriginal social justice, triggering layers of poignant reminders of the maltrea... Read more

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A much loved music teacher, Cathedral organist and choir leader who believed in the power of music to help people break through self-imposed limits and develop their capacities, Kathrine Bellamy's activism extended to facing up to the challenges in combating the social results of extreme poverty in ... Read more

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Refusing to live by the "wife of" conservative attitudes towards rural women, Ann Brennan claimed her own goals and worked to revise national agricultural policies, break through political barriers to build cultural relationships amongst Canadians and the Irish (in Northern Ireland and Ireland), and... Read more

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Mary Lou's extensive work on provincial and national boards to address systemic discrimination against women was always guided by the question, "Is it fair?"... Read more

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Shannie Duff's work as a municipal and provincial politician continues to focus on well-informed and multi-faceted advocacy and public education for democratic decision-making around built and natural heritage environments, urban planning, regulatory frameworks and social development of downtown St ... Read more

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Ann Bell's nurses union experience honed her leadership and political skills for addressing women's legal disadvantages and their lack of representation in public policy discussions, later expanding into many other issues that emerged while she led the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Wo... Read more

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Madeleine had laid out her notes and documents in preparation for the interview with Liz Burge, with whom she had worked years earlier on the issue of seniors' affordable housing in Fredericton. In her story of tackling the systemic problems in nursing workplaces, Madeleine conveyed the conceptio... Read more

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Sister Dorothy Moore's activist work covers an impressive span that includes First Nations preservation of language, education, and human rights.... Read more

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For over forty years, Yvonne Atwell has engaged in community development and social change. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Halifax-based Community Justice Society.... Read more