Friday, July 15, 2011

Lotta Hitschmanova

Humanitarian, pioneer of international cooperation

Born in Prague in 1909; died in Ottawa in 1990.

Arrived in Canada in 1942.

Founded USC Canada in 1945 (Unitarian Service Committee) in Ottawa.

Dedicated her life to helping people in far-off lands and became one of Canada’s most recognized public figures. It is often said that 56 Sparks Street in Ottawa (the address of USC), is the second most famous Canadian address after 24 Sussex.

Helped mobilize Canadians from coast to coast, putting Ottawa on the map as a seat of national government and political debate, and also as a center of Canadian concern for the rest of the world.

Mayor Larry O’Brien proclaimed November 28 to be Dr. Lotta Day in Ottawa in 2009.

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