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Frajkor, Ján Juraj (George)

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  • 1934-

Ján Juraj (George) Frajkor was born in Montréal, Québec on February 8th, 1934. He is the son of Ján Frajkor and Mária Onderik, Slovak immigrants from the village of Juskova Voľa in Zemplín, Slovakia. In 1961, he earned a degree in English and Economics at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. Afterwards, he completed further studies in various subjects including biology, organic chemistry, botany and East European studies at McGill University, the University of Montréal, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

From 1972 to 1999, Ján Juraj (George) Frajkor was a professor of journalism at Carleton University, a subject he also taught at Comenius University in Bratislava. In addition to his work as a professor, he worked as a reporter and editor at various news agencies such as the Penticton B.C. Herald, the Canadian Press News Agency and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). From 1999 to January 2011, Ján Juraj (George) Frajkor was also the Executive Director of Frajkor Enterprise.

A great supporter of the Canadian Slovak community, Ján Juraj (George) Frajkor has devoted his time and effort to various organizations. A member of the Canadian Slovak League (CSL) since the age of two, he has been its recording secretary and, from 2004 to 2007, its national president. He was also involved in the Slovak Canadian National Council (SCNC) and the Slovak World Congress (SWC). In addition to his work in various Slovak organization, Ján Juraj (George) has also published the newsletter "Slovotta" and was the chairman of the editorial committee of the newspaper "Kanadský Slovak," where he still publishes articles to this day.

Finkler, Evelyn Lilith

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  • 1958-
Evelyn Lilith (now Chava) Finkler has been an activist, writer and academic. She was born in Toronto, in 1958, to a Polish father and Libyan mother, both of whom survived the holocaust. She is the granddaughter of a prominent Hassidic rabbi. For many years, Finkler was an orthodox Jew. Today, she belongs to a Conservative congregation. Members of her extended family reside in a Satmar community in the U.S.
Since 1976, Finkler has participated and organized in social justice movements dedicated to the liberation of women, lesbians, disabled persons and psychiatric survivors. She has often marched against apartheid in South Africa, Israel / Palestine and Canada. Finkler participated in feminist groups such as Women Against Violence Against Women, Lesbian Organization of Toronto, Women for Survival, Jewish Feminist Anti-Fascist League and the Disabled Womens’ Network-Toronto. She was also a co-founder and co-organizer of the very first Psychiatric Survivor Pride Day, now known and celebrated internationally as Mad Pride.
Chava has written almost fifty articles in academic journals, trade publications and the alternative press. Since 2000, much of her writing has focused on mental health and affordable housing. No matter the topic, however, Finkler has consistently presented an intersectional analysis, linking one form of oppression to others.
Finkler received an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University in 2009. During her years of study, she received nine academic and / or community awards including the prestigious Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. During her retirement, Finkler continues to advocate for social justice in multiple political and activist arenas.

Fairholm, Linda Jean

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  • 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.

Ellenwood, Ray

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  • 1939-
Ray Ellenwood est né à Edmonton en Alberta en 1939. Il a obtenu un Mater en Anglais de l'Université d'Alberta, puis un doctorat en littérature comparative (Comparative Literature) de l'Université Rutgers, l'Université d'État du New Jersey, aux États Unis. Son projet de recherche doctoral portait sur André Breton et Freud. Il a voyagé en France pour effectuer des recherches et rencontrer des personnes impliquées dans l'histoire du surréalisme, dont Jacques Baron. Il a fait de nombreuses recherches et a beaucoup écrit sur la littérature, la traduction et les arts visuels. Il a été professeur à l’Université de York, à Toronto de 1972 à 2005. Il est, entre autres, l'auteur d’"Egregore: A History of the Montréal Automatist Movement" publié en 1991. Il a publié plusieurs articles concernant les signataires de "Refus global", ainsi que des traductions de "Refus global", et de la poésie.

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.

Donaldson, E. Lisbeth

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Ethel Lisbeth (Betty) Donaldson is a professor of education and director of teaching and learning curriculum projects at the University of Calgary.

Desjardins, Lucie

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Lucie Desjardins was the former Head Archivist at the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections.

Crone, Emma Joy

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  • 1928-
Emma Joy Reeves was born in January 1928 in Manchester, England, to a working class family. From 1943 to 1945 she received secretarial and business training from the College of Commerce in Manchester. For more than 30 years, she worked as a medical secretary in different doctors' offices. From 1957 to 1961, she trained as a Hospital Welfare Worker and then became a Geriatric Social Worker. In 1965, following a divorce after 12 years of marriage, she moved to Germany and in 1968 emigrated to New York. A year later, Joy Reeves moved to San Francisco and became involved in the feminist movement. Joy Reeves had been involved with her former husband in the protest against Nuclear Warfare since the end of the Second World War. In 1973, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Canada, she is better known under the pen name Emma Joy Crone, a feminist writer and lesbian. She published “The common woman” in August 2005. She has also published articles and poetry in many magazines such as Herspectives.

Cottam, K. Jean

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K. Jean Cottam was member of various women's groups. She was involved in the NAC, in Women for Political Action, in the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women.

Conant, Verna Rowena (Smith) (1888-1992)

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  • April 23, 1888-May, 1992
Verna Rowena Conant (née Smith) was born on April 23, 1888, the daughter of Ernest Disraeli Smith and Christina Ann Smith (1861-1932). Her mother was the first President of the Women Institute of Canada in Winona Division, Ontario. She has one brother, Brigadier Armand Armstrong Smith. Verna Rowena Smith studied at Toronto's Havergal College and then lived in Ottawa where her father served as an MP. She met her future husband at her coming out party in 1911 at Hederleigh, the family House, in Grimsby, Ontario. She married Gordon Daniel Conant (1895-1953) on June 25, 1913, in Wentworth County, Ontario. Gordon Daniel Conant was a lawyer from Oshawa, future Mayor of Oshawa, attorney general of Ontario and Premier of Ontario from October 6, 1937 to June 30, 1943. While raising her family, Verna Rowena Conant became active in her community and organizations. She became Honorary president of the Oshawa General Hospital of the women's auxiliary, the Women's Institute, the Oshawa Historical Society and the Girl Guides. She played an important role with the St. John Ambulance and received the title of Dame of the Order of St. John. Verna Rowena Conant and her husband had 3 children; Geneviève, Douglas and Roger. Verna Rowena Conant died in Oshawa in May 1992 and is buried in Oshawa Union Cemetery.
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