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  • life liver: Lilly Barnes

    by Lilly Barnes | Sep 15, 2003

    Lilly Barnes tells her incredible story of tough beginnings, survival, activism, creativity and success. Lilly lives life to its fullest. read more

  • environmentalist: Dr. Rosalie Bertell

    by Beth Atcheson | Jun 3, 2003

    Dr. Rosalie Bertell’s lifelong work is to help us understand what is degrading the environment and us along with it. Honours bestowed upon her include the United Nations Environment Global 500 Laureate (1993). What she really wants is for all of us, at once and peacefully, to tell our governments and industries that we expect the environment to be restored and protected so that we are restored and protected. And, she wants us to make it stick. read more

  • Marjorie Mintz

    by Marjorie Mintz | May 21, 2003

    If anyone had told me last year that I would be teaching computer skills and getting paid, I would never have believed it. I wonder what I will be doing tomorrow? read more

  • Clara Brett Martin

    by Beth Atcheson | Apr 23, 2003

    In 1897, Clara Brett Martin became the first woman entitled to practice law in Ontario, Canada and the British Empire. It was a lonely and controversial journey. She did it for herself. She chose to do it in a way that opened the doors for women who came after. She has been written into the history books and written out again for other things she did in her short lifetime. Her courage is undeniable. read more

  • poet and publisher: Maria Jacobs

    by Carolyn Dodds | Apr 10, 2003

    World War Two survivor, immigrant, student, mother, worker – Maria Jacobs’ poetry draws on her rich life. Not content to find an audience for her own work, Maria co-founded a publishing company to expand opportunities for other poets. In following her own path, Maria creates new paths for others.  read more

  • entrepreneur: Filomena Carvalho

    by Radha Nayar | Mar 11, 2003

    Filomena has worked at the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre in Toronto for 20 years. After only three months there, Filomena planted the seeds for a sexual health support group for Portugese women. Her idea blossomed into a mobile sexual health services unit and publication of a sexual health booklet in seven languages. Filomena’s dedication has saved many women’s lives. read more

  • social activist: Flora MacDonald Merrill Denison

    by Betty Tennant | Jan 9, 2003

    Flora MacDonald Merrill Denison’s dedication to her advocacy on behalf of women, to her son and to Mother Nature made her a very “rich” woman, indeed. We are fortunate to inherit the “wealth” of benefits her hard work earned. read more

  • entomologist and arts advocate: Joan Frances Bronskill

    by Joan Rickards | Jan 9, 2003

    What do insects and theatre have in common? Joan Frances Bronskill. Entomology is a very detail-oriented career. Joan dedicated her life to its fine art, as well as to many facets of the dramatic arts. read more

  • determined mother: Meenu Sikand

    by Meenu Sikand | Jan 9, 2003

    Meenu ends up on top, but the roller coaster ride of living with a spinal cord injury and having a baby was a tough one, especially with more questions than answers. read more

  • a passionate fighter: Maude Barlow

    by Ann Farrell | Jan 2, 2003

    Small choices made by individuals can change the world. That is the belief of Maude Barlow, a woman who wants to change the world. Right now, she sees changes in how some think about water. And she’s worried. Is water a commodity or a right? A good or a need? And what can we do to make sure everyone gets enough? read more


  • Seasonal Feature

  • June 20: summer solstice

    by Pat Hacker

    Summer solstice, on June 20, is the midpoint of the year; it’s the longest day and shortest night. Summer solstice is the time of divine and earthly power joined together; of the sun's brilliant energy at its zenith, and the earth at her fullness. Midsummer’s eve is when the faeries dance, the fires are lit and past sorrows are sent away. It is a night for love to be spent dancing and singing, eating fruits and cake and drinking ale. Happy summer! read more