Mayor of Ottawa, Advocate for justice, peace, inclusiveness and quality public services
1928-2008; lived and worked in Ottawa.
Born in Montreal.
Mayor of Ottawa from 1978 to 1985. Second woman to hold this position in Ottawa (first was Charlotte Whitton).
Among the policy areas she emphasized were improved public access to municipal decision-making, low-cost housing and child care.
Became the president of the New Democratic Party in 1985 and a member of the Parliament of Canada from 1986 to 1988.
Co-hosted the Women's Constitutional Conference calling for gender equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights.
Was the Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth from 1989 to 1992 and the National Chair of Oxfam Canada from 1994 to 1999.
Awarded a degree in Health Sciences by University of Ottawa and an LL.D. in Public Administration by Carleton University for her outstanding contributions.
Received the Order of Canada in 2002.
In 2004, Canadian women historians established the Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women's History in her honour.