Monday, November 10, 2008

Lillian Freiman

Philanthropist, civic leader

Born in Mattawa, Ontario. Lived in Ottawa.

First Canadian Jewish person to receive the Order of the British Empire in 1934 for her volunteer work, especially in support of immigration and immigrants.

Wife of Archibald J. Freiman who founded Freiman's, a major department store in Ottawa, Canada.

Raised funds for Jews in Europe and Palestine, led Ottawa's efforts to battle the influenza epidemic in 1918, served as treasurer of the Ottawa Welfare Bureau, and was active in such organizations as the Ottawa Women's Canadian Club, the Institut Jeanne d'Arc for Catholic girls, and the Protestant Infants Home.

Because of her work with war veterans, she was granted honorary life membership in the Canadian Legion veterans' organization, the first woman to be so honored.

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