June Callwood, Canada’s social conscience, dies at 82


June Callwood, Canada’s social conscience, dies at 82
Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2007 | 4:54 PM ET
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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.”

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One thought on “June Callwood, Canada’s social conscience, dies at 82

  1. as a palliative care volunteer I had the pleasure of meeting her at a big conference in Toronto and she said when I told her I volunteer that they are very special people and at that conference I bought her book 12 weeks of spring and she has been my role=model ever after.
    What a irreplacable loss.

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