Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jean Spear

Founder of the first war brides club in Canada

Moved to Ottawa in 1944.

Originally from Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, came to Canada in December 1944 for love of her Canadian husband and his country.

Started Canada’s first war brides club in 1945, the ESWIC (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Canada) club for war brides. She continues to serve as its president to this day. There are nearly 50,000 war brides who, like her, left their homeland between 1944 and 1946 to come to Canada to be with their soldier-husbands.

Was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's new year's honours list for 2006.

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