Fonds 10-055 - Lisa Bengtsson fonds

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Lisa Bengtsson fonds

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CA ON0034 10-055

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  • [197-]-1999 (Creation)
    Bengtsson, Lisa

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2.59 m of textual records
2 videocassettes

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Lisa Bengtsson was born in 1951. She grew up in Naikina, Ontario–a single industry rail town. From 1974-2007, Lisa Bengtsson worked for the Secretary of State, Women’s Program, for the Northwestern Ontario district—the region in Ontario bordered by Manitoba, White River, and James Bay.

Lisa Bengtsson delivered human rights-based programs, including the Aboriginal Women’s Program, the Friendship Centre Program, the Voluntary Action Program, and the Disabled Persons Program. In the mid-1990s, she transferred from the Secretary of State to Employment and Immigration. Finally she moved to the Status of Women Canada. Her work focussed on project funding, skill development, organizational development, strategic planning, action research, and advocacy.

Lisa Bengtsson was also a program officer for organizations such as the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses and the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She participated in issue-based partnerships with local Thunder Bay organizations, such as women’s training opportunities, (1992-94), family violence, (1978-85), and women in conflict with the law, (2003-2006).

Lisa Bengtsson undertook a major post audit of family violence funding (1989) and managed the Northwestern Ontario Secretary of State district office, (mid-1980s). She also managed the Women’s Program, Ontario Region, (mid-1990s.) She served on internal committees at the national level concerning the prevention of family violence, (1991-92,1997).

Lisa Bengtsson’s volunteer and professional work were grounded in the Secretary of State mandate, “to increase citizen’s participation in decisions affecting the quality of their lives.” In 2005, Lisa Bengtsson was awarded the Ontario Federal Council Leadership Through Collaboration Award, as a result of her partnership with the Equay Wuk Women’s Group of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

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The fonds consists of records collected by Lisa Bengtsson during her career as a social development officer with the Thunder Bay branch of The Secretary of State, Women's Programme, and with the Northwestern Ontario Decade Council.

The records document the evolution of women's groups within Northwestern Ontario, from funding applications to articles of incorporation and brochures and pamphlets on annual programming.

The fonds contains an extensive amount of administrative records demonstrating the everyday operations of committees, subcommittees, and women's organizations, including the Northwestern Ontario Regional Day Care committee.


Le fonds est constitué de documents recueillis par Lisa Bengtsson au cours de sa carrière en tant qu'agente de développement social à la succursale de Thunder Bay du Secrétariat d'État, Programme des femmes, et au Conseil de la Décennie du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario.
Les documents témoignent de l'évolution des groupes de femmes dans le Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario, depuis les demandes de financement jusqu'aux statuts constitutifs, en passant par les brochures et les dépliants sur la programmation annuelle.
Le fonds contient une grande quantité de documents administratifs démontrant le fonctionnement quotidien des comités, des sous-comités et des organisations de femmes, y compris le comité régional des garderies du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario.

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Lisa Bengtsson donated her collection to the Archives et collections spéciales/Archives and Special Collections of the University of Ottawa, in August 1998.


The Lisa Bengtsson fonds has been arranged into the following series: Records related to women's groups, Subcommittee records of the Northwestern Ontario Women's Decade Council, Administrative records of the Northwestern Ontario Women's Decade Council, and Resource material.

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