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Cairine Wilson (1885-1962)

Cairine Wilson

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2018

Cairine Wilson

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At 192 Daly Avenue, east of King Edward Avenue


Coordinates: N 45 25.683 W 75 40.996

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Plaque Text

On February 15, 1930, Cairine Wilson became the first woman appointed to the Senate of Canada, following the recognition in 1929 of women as persons under the British North America Act. This philanthropist with progressive ideas contributed to the advancement of women in the public sphere through her work both as Liberal Party organizer and as senator. As president of both the League of Nations Society in Canada and the Canadian National Committee on Refugees, Wilson fought anti-Semitism and tirelessly campaigned for the liberalization of immigration laws and for the admission of refugees to Canada.

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