Sunday, July 31, 2011

Phyllis Throop

Advocate for young women, trailblazer in business

Born in 1919; died in Ottawa in 2011.

Fought hard in the 1960s to provide social programs for girls in the already established Ottawa Boys Club.

The Ottawa Boys Club became de first of its kind in North America to integrate girls.

Was also a successful business woman, taking over her husband's business after his death in 1966; the original business was Throop Pharmacy at Westgate, then came four other pharmacies in the city of Ottawa and two gift stores.

Was on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and then became the first woman elected as president of the club.

Founding member of the Soroptimists Club of Ottawa, which helped mentor young professional women.

www.ottawa.citizen.com

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