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Yanz, Lynda

  • Person
  • 1951-
Lynda Yanz currently is the Executive Director for Maquila Solidarity Network and President of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, Toronto, Canada.

Yaffe, Debby (Deborah)

  • Person
  • 1943-
Debby (Deborah) Yaffe is a feminist, activist and retired University of Victoria Department of Women’s Studies senior instructor. Yaffe (née Frisch) was born in 1943 and grew up in Southern California. She attended University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1960s. Taking her husband’s last name, Gregory, she and her husband lived in Europe with their son, moving to London in the 1970s. It was there, while working as a teacher, that Yaffe became involved in the women’s movement through her attendance at consciousness-raising group meetings. She subsequently formed her own group and took part in feminist actions. Yaffe later returned to the United States on her own and eventually settled in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. After her divorce, she took her mother’s maiden name, Yaffe. In Victoria, she volunteered with Everywomen's Books, worked as a paid staff member for the local office of the Victoria Status of Women Action Group, from 1986 to 1988, and was involved in organizing around key issues such as abortion rights. Yaffe was approached to teach Introduction to Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria in 1990 and she retired in 2004. She holds a master’s degree in Women’s Studies and is a 2001 recipient of UVic Alumni Association’s award for excellence in teaching. Yaffe is one of the founders, along with former university archivist Jane Turner, of the Victoria Women’s Movement Archives at UVic Archives.

Wood, Myrna

  • Person
  • 1936-
Myrna Wood is an American Second wave feminist. She was born in Grundy County, Iowa, USA, the youngest child of family of 8. Her parents were Rolly and Fern Crouse Aiken. In 1966-1967 she was a member of a group of women in Toronto who started consciousness-raising meetings. She was one of the four authors of "Sisters, Brothers, Lovers... listen" for the final conference of SUPA (Student Union for Peace Action on Labor Day weekend 1967 in Goderich. During the next 2-3 years she lived and worked with Toronto Women's Liberation in Montreal, with the radical student movement at McGill and the other Women's Liberation groups. In New York City she helped to organize a city-wide Women's Liberation group (including women from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Leviathan collective, etc.). In New York, during 1969, she co-wrote "Bread and Roses" with Kathy McAfee calling for a movement to organize working-class women. She also travelled to a peace movement meeting with the Vietnamese National Liberation Front in Cuba. This trip occurred at the time of the Weatherman takeover of the SDS Executive and during their planning of the Days of Rage at the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago. After the 1970 War Measures Act she lived in Hamilton for 20 years and was active in her CUPE Local and the Hamilton Union Movement. She continues to be active in local community groups in Picton, Ontario.

Webb, Nancy

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1946-

Nancy Webb graduated from high school in 1963 and immediately entered the workforce. She was employed, at age 18, as a secretary for an electronics corporation in Etobicoke, Ontario. In 1979, Nancy Webb enrolled at York University while also working full-time, and later, while parenting her daughter; she graduated from York University in 1991.

In the spring of 1985 Nancy Webb attended a Women’s Studies’ course, Social Sciences 3580.06, taught by Dr. Meg Luxton. Subsequently, Nancy Webb worked as Fundraising and Community Relations Coordinator for the Elizabeth Fry Society in Toronto, for 30 years.

From ca. 1978-1980 Nancy also volunteered with the Lesbian Organization of Toronto. In 1984, she was part of the founding collective of the Notso Amazon Softball League in Toronto.

Veilleux, Denise

  • Person
Née à Montréal, Denise Veilleux s'est installée dans l'Outaouais après des études en traduction à l'Université Laval. En plus de travailler dans le domaine de la traduction, notamment au sein du gouvernement fédéral, elle a été chroniqueuse, co-animatrice puis réalisatrice de l'émission Ellipse diffusée sur les ondes de CHUO, la radio de l'Université d'Ottawa. Elle a également écrit des articles pour diverses revues et journaux dont la revue Femmes d'action et pour la Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises (FNFCF). Denise Veilleux est une activitiste qui s’est consacrée aux questions d’intérêt pour les femmes, notamment la santé, l’éducation, la prévention de la violence et la lutte à la pauvreté et dans la lutte contre la mondialisation et contre la guerre. Elle s’est présentée comme candidate de l’UFP (Union des forces progressistes) dans le comté de Hull à l’élection d’avril 2003 et a été porte-parole nationale et vice-présidente de l’Union des forces progressistes (UFP). Elle habite à Winnipeg.

Turner, Joan

  • Person
Joan Turner was an associate professor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Social Work for almost 20 years and also had a private practice that included counselling, therapeutic massage and body work. Upon receiving an inheritance from an aunt who had always supported women’s issues, Joan decided to open a women’s bookstore in her memory. The Bold Print bookstore located in Winnipeg, Manitoba was in operation from 1986 until 1994. Turner edited Living the Changes and co-edited Perspectives on Women (originally titled “in the 80’s”; and Spider Women: A Tapestry of Healing and Creativity.

Turner, Ashley

  • Person
Ashley Turner completed a Master's Degree in criminology from the University of Ottawa in 1988. She was a founding member and director of JEWELS (Justice, Equality, and Equity for Women Everywhere, Legally, Lawlessly, and Shamelessly), a sanctuary organization for women and children. She is also the author of several articles on the history of sanctuaries.
Ashley Turner is a human rights activist and lobbied for support on many issues including anti-rape, anti-violence against women, rights for women in prison, and support for victims of abuse. She was also a front line worker in the anti-rape and battered women's movements and worked at organizations in the Ottawa area.

Sylvia Spring

  • Person
  • 1942-
Sylvia Spring is born in Galt, Ontario on July 14, 1942. She is a Canadian feminist writer, filmmaker, and activist. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo in English Literature and Drama. After graduating, she wrote poetry and worked in advertising, journalism, radio, and television. In 1970, she produced Madeleine is…, the first Canadian English-language feature film directed by a woman since Nell Shipman in 1919. A segment of the film was released as a short feature under the name Madeleine and won an award at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1970.
In 1979, she was appointed to the Task Force on Sex-Role Stereotyping in the Broadcast Media established by the Canadian minister responsible for the status of women. The Task Force was meant to examine the portrayal of women in popular media and developed guidelines for its improvement. Then, Sylvia Spring co-founded MediaWatch Canada, a watchdog organization dedicating to eliminating sexism in the media and became its first National Director. Sylvia Spring has spoken in national and international forums to raise awareness about the representation of women in the media. She has designed and facilitated workshops and lectures for agencies such as the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In January 2000, as a communication consultant, she travelled to China with Bonnie Diamond, NAWL’s executive Director, to conduct workshops with grassroots Chinese women on the information dissemination techniques used by women’s group in Canada (Nawl.ca, consulted 2021-06-02).
In 1995, she produced Voices and Visions, a documentary series from the UN World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China. In 1996, she produced the documentary Breaking the Silence: Stories from AIDS Activists in Southern Africa. The documentary tells the stories of women working at the front lines of the AIDS epidemic. In 2000, she produced 20th Century Gals (According to Babe), which explored the women's movement of the 20th century. In 2005, she co-produced Our bodies...their battleground, a documentary about the sexual violence crisis facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.

Smith, Wilbert B.

  • Person
  • 1910-1962
Wilbert B. Smith was a Canadian radio engineer and UFOlogist. Mr. Smith joined the Department of Transport in 1939 and was in charge of establishing a network of ionospheric measurement stations. Interested in UFOs since the 1940's, Mr. Smith eventually instituted Project Magnet with the Department of Transport in November 1950. The purpose of the project was to collect data on UFOs and to potentially use that data to inform human technology and engineering. Before the program dissolved in 1954, he concluded that flying saucers did exist and that they operate on magnetic principles. In 1952 he was also part of an interdepartmental government committee of scientists and military officers set up to investigate UFO reports, known as Project Second Story/Storey. The committee met five times.

Shufelt, Laura

  • Person
  • ca. [1890-1970]
Lived on Cartier Street in Ottawa, Ontario.
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