Michael pays tribute to Dorothy Inglis
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is deeply sorry to hear of the death of Dorothy Inglis. The long-time feminist and social activist in St. John’s died yesterday in Vancouver, her childhood home, where she had returned a few years ago.
“There was nobody quite like Dorothy Inglis,” Michael said today. “In her decades in St. John's, she fought tirelessly for women’s rights and social justice. I considered her a friend, mentor and role model. I was so sorry to lose her presence here when she returned to Vancouver. I am very saddened by her passing.”
Dorothy Inglis moved to St. John’s in September 1972 when her husband Gordon first accepted a professorship at Memorial University. She was a founding member of the St. John’s Status of Women Council, served on the Avalon Consolidated School Board, ran twice for the NDP and for eight years wrote a column called “Bread and Roses” for the Evening Telegram.
Her newspaper column won her a national award from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. In 1989 she received the Governor General’s Persons Award for improving the Status of Women in Canada, and in 1998 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Raised in a CCF family, Dorothy was a long-time member of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party, a Director of the Council of Canadians, a supporter of OXFAM St. John’s, and one of the dozen women who contributed to the down payment to purchase the original St. John’s Women’s Centre.
“It is impossible for me to sum up everything that Dorothy meant to this city, this province and those of us she has left behind,” Michael said today. “Her heart was always here.
“She said in an interview once, ‘If ever there was a province that had the basic sense of social justice it’s this one. There’s no other province in Canada that can lay a stronger claim to caring about your neighbors, your communities, the people, the children. That is the strength of Newfoundland.’ And she was right, and those values carry on in all of us who are remembering her today.
“Thank you, Dorothy.”