Friday, June 24, 2011

Margaret M. Kehoe

Activist, politician, advocate
Winner of Y Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, Ottawa 2011

Born in 1918. Known in Ottawa as "Toddy" and for being an inspiration to girls and women, encouraging them to pursue their ambitions.

One of the first women to graduate from the University of Ottawa in 1940.

Founded the Brighthope School for children with disabilities.

Worked with Marion Dewar in the 1960s and 1970s to move Ottawa towards progressive social change.

As alderman in Carleton Ward, was part of a project of conservation of the ByWard Market and Project 4000, which led to the establishment of Ottawa's Office of Equal Opportunity.

Her work led to the commissioning of the Capital's Terry Fox Monument.

Retired from politics in 1985.

The Wrap, The Ottawa Citizen

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