Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monique Bégin

Professor emeritus, politician

Born in 1936.

Was the Executive Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada (1967-1970).

First woman from Québec elected to the House of Commons (Liberal, 1972).

Was Minister of National Health and Welfare (1977-1984) and remains best known for the Canada Health Act (1984).

First holder of the Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in 1986.

From 1990 to 1997, was the University of Ottawa's dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and continues teaching as a professor emeritus.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Ottawa (1990-1997), also co-chaired the Royal Commission on Learning of Ontario (1993-1994).

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1996), received 13 honorary doctorates in recognition of her contribution to human rights and to public policies.

In 1998, she was invested as Officer of the Order of Canada.

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