Monday, September 29, 2008

Almanda Walker-Marchand

Militant, philanthropist

1868-1949; moved to Ottawa in 1890.

Born in Québec city.

In 1914, at the start of World War I, volunteer Almanda Walker-Marchand organized an initial meeting of French-Canadian women in Ottawa to raise funds to charter a hospital ship. More than 400 women answered her call and quickly grew into a formal association.

In 1918, the Fédération des femmes canadiennes-françaises was officially founded with Almanda as its first President. The group worked to expand the participation of French-speaking Canadian women in the fields of education, economics, culture and politics and has now branched out to reflect the needs of francophone women living in minority communities.

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