Fonds 10-010 - Verna Rowena Conant fonds

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Verna Rowena Conant fonds

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CA ON0034 10-010

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  • 1915-1984 (Creation)

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142 cm of textual records
1 photograph

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(April 23, 1888-May, 1992)

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"Verna Rowena Conant (née Smith) was born on April 23, 1888, the daughter of Ernest Disraeli Smith and Christina Ann Smith (1861-1932). Her mother was the first President of the Women Institute of Canada in Winona Division, Ontario. She has one brother, Brigadier Armand Armstrong Smith. Verna Rowena Smith studied at Toronto's Havergal College and then lived in Ottawa where her father served as an MP. She met her future husband at her coming out party in 1911 at Hederleigh, the family House, in Grimsby, Ontario. She married Gordon Daniel Conant (1895-1953) on June 25, 1913, in Wentworth County, Ontario. Gordon Daniel Conant was a lawyer from Oshawa, future Mayor of Oshawa, attorney general of Ontario and Premier of Ontario from October 6, 1937 to June 30, 1943. While raising her family, Verna Rowena Conant became active in her community and organizations. She became Honorary president of the Oshawa General Hospital of the women's auxiliary, the Women's Institute, the Oshawa Historical Society and the Girl Guides. She played an important role with the St. John Ambulance and received the title of Dame of the Order of St. John. Verna Rowena Conant and her husband had 3 children; Geneviève, Douglas and Roger. Verna Rowena Conant died in Oshawa in May 1992 and is buried in Oshawa Union Cemetery.
Verna Rowena Conant (née Smith) est née le 23 avril 1888, fille d'Ernest Disraeli Smith et de Christina Ann Smith (1861-1932). Sa mère est la première présidente de l'Institut des femmes du Canada à Winona Division, en Ontario. Elle a un frère, le brigadier Armand Armstrong Smith. Verna Rowena Smith étudie au Havergal College de Toronto, puis vit à Ottawa où son père est député. Elle rencontre son futur mari lors de sa fête de sortie en 1911 à Hederleigh, la maison familiale, à Grimsby, en Ontario. Elle épouse Gordon Daniel Conant (1895-1953) le 25 juin 1913, dans le comté de Wentworth, en Ontario. Gordon Daniel Conant est un avocat d'Oshawa, futur maire d'Oshawa, procureur général de l'Ontario et premier ministre de l'Ontario du 6 octobre 1937 au 30 juin 1943. Tout en élevant sa famille, Verna Rowena Conant devient active dans sa communauté et ses organisations. Elle devient présidente honoraire de l'hôpital général d'Oshawa, de l'auxiliaire féminin, de l'Institut des femmes, de la Société historique d'Oshawa et des Guides. Elle a joué un rôle important au sein de l'Ambulance Saint-Jean et a reçu le titre de Dame de l'Ordre de Saint-Jean. Verna Rowena Conant et son mari ont eu trois enfants : Geneviève, Douglas et Roger. Verna Rowena Conant est décédée à Oshawa en mai 1992 et est enterrée au Oshawa Union Cemetery."

Custodial history

The scrapbooks were donated to the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues (OACWI) around 1982 and were later donated by the OACWI to the Canadian Women's Movement Archives (CWMA) in April 1993. Subsequently, they were transferred to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections.

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This fonds consists of scrapbooks created by Verna Rowena Conant (Mrs. Gordon D. Conant) regarding the history of women in Ontario during the 20th century. They document facts and historical events focusing on women in Canada, including the "Voice of Women", the Women’s Canadian Club, the Princess Alice Foundation, Canadian Women’s Voluntary Services, National Council of Women Provincial and Local and Women at War.
Ce fonds est constitué d'albums créés par Verna Rowena Conant (Mme Gordon D. Conant) concernant l'histoire des femmes en Ontario au cours du 20e siècle. Ils documentent des faits et des événements historiques portant sur les femmes au Canada, y compris la " Voix des femmes ", le Women's Canadian Club, la Princess Alice Foundation, les Canadian Women's Voluntary Services, le National Council of Women Provincial and Local et les Femmes à la guerre.

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The records were received via the CWMA from the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues in April 1993. Accession 1993-2.


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Revised in January 2019, May 2019

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