Shirley G. E. Carr
Niagara Falls, Ontario
The first woman in the world to head a national labour body, she has been both a role model for women in the labour movement and a leading proponent of women's rights in the workplace. A strong advocate of legislation to address women's employment equality and their workplace health and safety concerns, she has also championed women's rights of access to decision-making on major social and economic issues, from a labour perspective.
Dr. Rose Charlie, Grand Chief of British Columbia
Agassiz, British Columbia
Her contribution to the struggle for social justice for the women of Canada's First Nations spans over 25 years of unstinting community service. A member of the Chehalis Band and Sto:lo Nation, her efforts challenging the Indian Act resulted in legislation enabling thousands of women and their children to regain their rights as First Nations people.
A tireless promoter of the nursing profession, she has played an instrumental role in enhancing the education and training of nurses and empowering them to lobby for their rights. Through her leadership of organizations at the national and international level, she has helped raise public awareness of the nursing profession's vital contribution to health care.
St. John's, Newfoundland
As the only consistent health care provider along Newfoundland's Southern Shore for almost 40 years, she helped hundreds of women birth and raise their families in good health. She enabled countless women to cope with lives circumscribed by poverty and isolation, dispensing medical care, advice and counselling with a generous dose of human compassion.
Her illustrious 45-year career in broadcast journalism was devoted to ensuring the inclusion of women's perspective in television programming. Throughout her professional life, she broke new ground for women, continually promoting and encouraging women's participation in an industry known for its male domination.
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