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Kučera, Andrej

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  • 1899-1974
Andrej (Ondrej) Kučera was born in Radošovce, Trnava (Slovakia) on October 25, 1899. In 1926, he moved from Slovakia to Canada, eventually settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Canada). Afterwards, Andrej Kučera worked for Canadian Pacific Railroad, first as a second stationman and then, as a foreman.
In December 1932, Andrej Kučera with Juraj Rošo and Pavol Sabo founded the Canadian Slovak League (CSL) in Winnipeg. This organization was to focus on the needs of Slovak Canadians. Andrej Kučera was the president of the CSL for 25 years. In 1957, he was named Honourable President for Life.
On December 26, 1974, Andrej Kučera passed away, leaving behind his wife Maria. They had two sons and a daughter: Karol, Kamil and Valerie Hačko (née Kučera). He also had a daughter and a son-in-law named Mary and Tony and two grandchildren: Mary Ann Doucette (née Hačko) and Anthony (Tony) J. Hačko. At his funeral, J. Metchler was a pallbearer.

Billings, Rosemary

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Rosemary Billings was an activist and lobbyist who worked as an executive member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution, which fought for inclusion of Section 28 in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – ensuring the recognition of the equality of women and men. Rosemary Billings was also a Federal Government employee, retiring in 2003. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Clough, Annette

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  • 1941-
Photographer Annette was born in Jamaica in 1941 and emigrated to Canada in 1960s where she attended Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto. In the 1970s she was involved with the Women’s Counselling Referral and Education Centre, and with Women Against Nuclear Technology in Toronto. Later in the 1980s, she lived in Vancouver, and worked for the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. She was also a member of the Lavender Conception Conspiracy, a group of lesbians planning to have babies. In the 1990s, she moved back to Toronto and worked for the Women’s Counselling Referral and Education Centre.
Annette Clough is no longer active in any women’s groups.

Lenskyj, Helen

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  • 1979-[2000]

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj was born in Sydeny, Australia and moved to Toronto, Canada 1966. From 1972 to 1983, she completed her BA, MA, and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. In 1986, she began teaching part-time at the University of Toronto. In 1990, she was appointed Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), at the University of Toronto. Between 1986 and 2007, she was Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was also involved with the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at the University, mostly with the subcommittee that she coordinated, which investigated a free-standing women’s studies program.

Helen is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Since the 1970s, she has been involved in several community activist groups, including the Feminist Party of Canada (F.P.C.). She continues to work as a researcher, writer, public speaker and community activist. She has published books and numerous book chapters, journal and magazine articles on women, sport, sexuality, and the Olympic industry.

Dwight-Spore, Margaret

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Margaret Dwight-Spore was born in the United States but moved in Canada with her husband in 1971. In 1977, she founded Better End All Vicious Erotic Repression (B.E.A.V.E.R), an organization dedicated to decriminalizing prostitution in Canada. Around 1979 BEAVER changed its name to Committee Against Street Harassment (CASH). It offered legal advice, counselling, referrals and support to sex workers and also provided education through public discussion. It was disbanded in the early 1980s. The prostitute's resource office, "Maggie's" founded by sex-workers in the 1980s was name for Dwight-Spore.

Margaret Dwight-Spore also participated in various workshops and conferences. She was the leader of a University of Concordia seminar on prostitution and pornography, a Conference on Human Sexuality and Freedom workshop leader and a National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) conference prostitution workshop panel participant. In addition to her involvement in conferences and activities, she also worked as a resource person at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society and she the focus of an interview published in Fireweed in 1978. In 1985, Margaret Dwight-Spore returned to the United States.

Wood, Myrna

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  • 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.

Clennet-Sirois, Laurence

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Laurence Clennett-Sirois is a sociologist and independent scholar focusing on gender and women's studies. She was awarded her Bachelor of Social Sciences from Université du Québec en Outaouais in 2005, her Masters in Sociology and Women's studies from University of Ottawa in 2008, and her PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex in 2013. She worked as a part-time lecturer at Université du Québec en Outaouais from 2012-2018. In 2018, Clennett-Sirois is currently working as a policy analyst for Status of Women Canada.

Fairholm, Linda Jean

  • Person
  • 18 May 1948-6 September 2018
Jean Fairholm was a as coordinator of World Interaction in which she worked to expand Canadian awareness of the potential for global justice. Her insight in this role was informed by her experience as a CUSO volunteer in Malawi. Her second calling as a massage therapist continued her lifelong focus on healing. Jean travelled extensively, to Hawaii, Scotland, Crete, New Zealand, Tibet and Manitoulin Island. She died in Ottawa on September 6, 2018.

Shufelt, Laura

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

Veilleux, Denise

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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.
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