Who is June Rose Callwood?

Who was June Callwood?

 

June Callwood Born June 2nd,1924-Died April 14th,2007 - click for larger image
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June Callwood Born June 2nd,1924-Died April 14th,2007

June Callwood

What a privilege to have our school named after June Callwood!  As the principal of June Callwood I thought to myself "I really need to know more about June Callwood, what she stood for and why our school bears her name".  This summer I spent some time reading about her and was amazed to find out just how unique and wonderful  a person she was.

Background

  • June was born on June 2nd, 1924 in Chatham, Ontario but lived and was raised in Belle River,Ontario.
  • She had one younger sister Jane Callwood.
  • June grew up in poverty and was forced to quit school at 16 to support her family.
  • She became a journalist and wrote for the Brantford Examiner and the Globe and Mail.
  • She married Trent Frayne a journalist as well and had 4 children: Jill, Brant, Jesse and Casey.
  • Her son Casey was killed in a motorcycle accident in his late teens.
  • June published many articles and wrote many books but was probably most known for her activism.
  • In Toronto, June founded one of the first shelters for abused women, the first parenting centre for teens, created an outreach program and shelter for street youth and the first AIDS hospice.
  • She got her first pilot's license at 22 and at 67 became a glider pilot.
  • She was passionate about social justice and protecting and fighting for the rights and dignity of those that were less fortunate.
  • June was awarded the Order of Canada in 1978 and the Order of Ontario in 1998.
  • In 2008, June 2nd was declared June Callwood Day.

How others described June:

  • June could bring out the best in you when you had no idea that you had anything worthwhile in you to give.
  • June was kind, empathetic and funny.
  • She was driven, compassionate and determined.
  • She had guts and grace.
  • She recognized the importance of friendships and treasured them.
  • She believed that kindness was the greatest moral virtue

Quotes by June Callwood:

"Family is what gets one through the night."

"From the beginning of life to its end, love is the only emotion that matters."

"If any of you happen to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant and you have an obligation to do something."

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