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KAWARTHA LAKES: MPP Laurie Scott ended 2017 paying a special tribute to local nurses who happened to be the first women in Canada to ever vote.
“As we approach the end of 2017, I’ve been reflecting on the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of women having gained the right to vote in Ontario,” said Ms. Scott.
“Earlier this morning [December 12th, 2017], I had the pleasure of being at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, which hosted an exhibition on the 100th anniversary of this history-making moment.”
Ms. Scott added, “The hospital partnered with the Victoria County Historical Society to shine a light on the World War I nurses from my area, some of whom were trained at Ross Memorial itself, and were the first Canadian women ever to vote.”
Well over 7,000 Canadian women served as nurses on domestic soil and overseas, in hospitals, assisting in field surgeries and casualty-clearing stations.
Ms. Scott noted that Alma Finnie, who served across the pond with the Canadian Nursing Sisters, also known as the Bluebirds, was the first nurse to cast a ballot.
“Alma and her colleagues represented the best in the spirit of service and dedication, and it was fitting that they were the first Canadian women to cast a ballot,” said Ms. Scott. “These nurses played an important role in Canadian history, and deserve to be recognized and remembered as trailblazers, who led the change that would impact women across the country. It was an important first step, and I have no doubt that they would be proud to see how much women have achieved, since they cast their historic ballots 100 years ago this week.
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