Hon. Marion Dewar, C.M., LL.D., R.N., B.Sc.N., D.U.: Received into the Order of Canada in 2002, Hon. Dewar was the Mayor of Ottawa, Canada, from 1978 to 1985, and a member of the Parliament of Canada from 1986 to 1988.
She was City Alderman from 1972 to1974, the Deputy Mayor of Ottawa from 1974 to 1978. Among the policy areas she emphasized were improved public access to municipal decision-making, low-cost housing and child care. She co-hosted the Women’s Constitutional Conference calling for gender equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights. Under her mayoralty, Ottawa was declared a nuclear-free zone and provided homes to some 4000 Southeast Asian refugees. Hon. Dewar was the Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth from 1989 to 1992 and in 1995 the National Chair of Oxfam Canada, an organization created in 1963 and based on Oxfam International that seeks to reduce international poverty and create self-sustaining communities. She became the president of the New Democratic Party in 1985. She also was the Chair of the Regional Police Services Board in 1990. She was awarded with a degree in Health Sciences by University of Ottawa and LL.D. in Public Administration in 2000 by Carleton University for her outstanding contributions in those fields. In 2004, Canadian women historians established Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women’s History in her honour.