MCW Women in the News
Read about some of our members who have been in the news.
Elspeth Angus, MCW Honorary Councillor
Interview on CBC Daybreak, on March 26, 2013 "Don't turn the Royal Victoria Hospital into condos, heir warns"
Cheryl Braganza, Artist, Painter, Pianist, Poet, Writer and MCW Convener for Arts, Culture & Heritage
Interview on Global TV for the Women's Art Society of Montreal
Article in The Montreal Gazette, September 4, 2012 - Click on "Seeking Inspiration" painting by Cheryl Braganza; article "Will this Help?" by Sue Montgomery of The Montreal Gazette.
The Honorable Lucie PĂ©pin, C.Q., B.A., Honorary President of MCW
On September 7, 2011, The Honorable Lucie PĂ©pin, Senator, one of Canada's most illustrious women leaders, retired from Parliament Hill. Appointed to the Senate in 1997 by the Rt. Honorable Jean ChrĂ©tien, Senator Lucie PĂ©pin represented the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Shawinigan. Lucie PĂ©pin has led the charge on many issues concerning women which resulted in important advancements in several areas. She took on Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau under the auspices of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women to obtain the entrenchment of women's rights in the Constitution. In order to achieve this, she gathered support from women's groups across Canada which went to the premiers of each province and these efforts resulted in unanimity among the premiers. She has fought for legislation against domestic violence and was elected as a Liberal MP for the riding of Outremont from 1984 to 1988. Among the many issues she has fought for are women's health, reproductive rights, family-planning clinics, allowing condom machines on university campuses, etc. The Rt. Honorable Brian Mulroney appointed Lucie PĂ©pin to two Royal Commissions (Electoral Reform and Party Financing (1989-92)) and to the Appeals Division of the National Parole Board (1993-1997. Lucie PĂ©pin is busy with volunteer work three days a week and plans to continue her work in activism in her retirement. She holds a Diploma in Nursing Sciences (1959) and a Post-graduate diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1960) from the University of Montreal. Senator PĂ©pin is the recipient of several awards of distinction for her efforts, including the Chevalier de lâ€™Ordre du QuĂ©bec (1999), and an LL.D. (honoris causa) from McMaster University (1994). We are proud that The Honorable Lucie PĂ©pin serves as Honorary President of the Montreal Council of Women. (Excerpts taken from articles below.)
Read an article on the Liberal Senate Forum: The Hon. Lucie PĂ©pin, C.Q., B.A. - Senator Lucie PĂ©pin retired on September 7, 2011
Read an article by Dale Smith, Freelance Journalist,
published in Xtra "Lucie
PĂ©pin retires from the Senate, Parliament Hill/Led fight for women's rights and
Cheryl Braganza - Artist, Painter, Pianist, Poet, Writer and MCW Convener for Arts, Culture and Heritage
View a film produced by English Language Arts Network of Quebec: click on Cheryl Braganza - Visual Arts A delightful film on Cheryl's life as artist, painter, pianist, poet and writer in Montreal.
Elspeth Angus - MCW Honorary Councillor
"Heirs want say on Royal Victoria site" - Superhospital project means the venerable institution might end up being sold to private developers, by David Johnston, The Gazette, December 17, 2010. Click here to view the article in the Gazette.
Noblesse Oblige Elspeth Angus, 81, studies a topographic map from 1879.
Her family donated the land where the Royal Victoria Hospital stands, and
stipulated it could be used only for the hospital itself. The institution is to
move to the superhospital and David Johnston reports that Angus and the
rest of her clan are determined that the Mount Royal site not be consigned
to private development.
Photograph by: PIERRE OBENDRAUF, THE GAZETTE
SHOULD WE CURTSEY WHEN SHE ENTERS THE ROOM - Or would a polite bow be sufficient?
There was our very own Â«blue-bloodedÂ» Elspeth Angus on page 1 of the Gazette and star of an accompanying video, where she was smiling seductively at her interviewer. Seeing and reading her were both very uplifting.
Probably quite a few of us had known for some time that she had been working very hard indeed on sorting out the family papers ; we also knew how very concerned she was about the future of the Royal Vic and had been wondering how and when she would proceed on that issue. Finally she spoke outâ€¦And made quite a lot of noise for someone who speaks so softly.
The Scottish grandmother of a friend of mine used to say, almost in a whisper, when her family, children and grandchildren, were behaving badly or rudely at the dinner table: Â«Must I raise my voice?Â» and a deathly silence would ensue. Â«What terrible thing would happen if Grandmother ever raised her voice?Â» I have always thought of Elspeth being raised in a similar context; perhaps she is related to the other Scottish grandmotherâ€¦
Naturally, she presented her case very well. Respect for the conditions of the original donation as well as respect for current needs combined with consideration of the peculiarly suitable environment on Mount Royal, all concerted to convince many of us of the reasonableness of the Mount Stephen familyâ€™s wishes.
And while we wait for the wishes to be fulfilled, les us congratulate Elspeth on her intervention and on her brilliantly simple solution to an ongoing problem. AND TELL EVERYBODY THAT SHE IS A LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE MCW WHERE SHE IS STILL CURRENTLY WORKING ON OUR ARCHIVES TOO AND HELPING US ORGANIZE OUR WOTY LUNCHES AT THE MOUNT STEPHEN CLUB.
THANK YOU, ELSPETH. WE, IN THE MCW, ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU MAY LIVE MODESTLY, AS YOU SAY, BUT YOU ALSO LIVE WITH MUCH PANACHE !!!
Mair Verthuy, Secretary, MCW
Link to the video: Elspeth Angus and the Royal Victoria Hospital
Heirs want a Say on Royal Vic: HĂ©ritage MontrĂ©al and Les amis de la montagne co-sign a letter in The Gazette
Editorial in Gazette: Mountain worth saving
Sheri McLeod - NDG Senior Citizens Council and MCW Vice President, Program
Below is an article written by Mr. Martin C. Barry for The Senior Times (www.theseniortimes.com) published in the December 2009 edition: http://theseniortimes.com/article/2009/11/sheri-mcleod-senior-in-training.html . The Senior Times and Mr. Barry have kindly authorized us to reprint this article and we are very pleased and proud to include it in this monthâ€™s Bulletin for our members to enjoy. Sheri McLeod is the Executive Director for the NDG Senior Citizens Council and an MCW Board member.
SHERI MCLEOD: SENIOR IN TRAINING
By Martin C. Barry for The Senior Times
After nearly 20 years with the NDG Senior Citizens Council, Sheri McLeod has come to the conclusion that retirees today increasingly are viewed through a â€świder lens,â€