|GRANDDAUGHTER OF THÉRÈSE CASGRAIN TO VISIT LESTER B. PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 5, 2015 – With Canada only weeks removed from the federal election, students at Lester B. Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) in Montreal North will have a special guest on Monday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m., as Michèle Nadeau, the granddaughter of Quebec’s most famous women’s rights leader, Thérèse Forget Casgrain, will speak with students about her grandmother’s incredible legacy.
Born in 1896, The Honorable Thérèse Forget Casgrain led the women’s suffrage movement in Quebec prior to World War II, a right that was finally granted in 1940. Throughout her life, Casgrain fought for a number of causes that she believed in, leading to her appointment to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1970.
Casgrain was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967 and promoted to Companion in 1974. Additionally, in 1985, Canada Post honoured Casgrain with a postage stamp.
Today, Nadeau continues her grandmother’s legacy as the chairman of the Thérèse Casgrain Foundation, whose mission is to support the education, advancement and social economy of women in Canada and to support initiatives that allow them to change society.
Michael J. Cohen