June Callwood, Canada’s social conscience, dies at 82
Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2007 | 4:54 PM ET
June Callwood, the remarkable Canadian journalist, humanitarian and social activist, died early Saturday after a long fight with cancer. She was 82.
Author June Callwood, who wrote 30 books, was also known as a tireless social activist.Author June Callwood, who wrote 30 books, was also known as a tireless social activist.
She was first diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2004, but refused treatment and continued to be active, most recently on the campaign to end child poverty, until a few months ago.
Callwood blazed trails for women’s rights, gay rights and the rights of the underprivileged with a history of activism dating back to the 1960s.
“As a country, we’ve lost the best of us,” said fellow activist Pat Capponi on CBC Television. “She has set an example that will be incredibly hard to follow.”