The FoundationThe Thérèse-F. Casgrain Foundation was established in 1982. Following Madame Casgrain’s passing on November 3, 1981, friends formed an informal committee to develop a project which would continue her legacy.They agreed to establish a Foundation which was incorporated and whose mission was to grant postdoctoral fellowships aimed at studying the social and economic status of women at that time, along with their political advancement.
Since then, the Foundation’s priorities have evolved and it now funds projects that are submitted to it by various organizations that wish to promote the education, advancement and social economy of women.
NewsThérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
Submit a projectTo submit a project, please fill in the document and return it to the Foundation.You have until January 31st to present your request. The projects will be reviewed in February (or March) 2016. Please note that we won't accept handwritten requests.
Our missionThe Foundation’s mission is to favor the advancement of women in Canada and to support initiatives that allow them to change our society.
We essentially support projects in three distinct areas, namely : the education, advancement and social economy of women.
Important dates in the life of Therese F. Casgrain
Therese Casgrain was born in July 1896 in Montreal.
In January 1916, she marries Pierre Casgrain a lawyer and politician.
In February 1921, she joins Lady Drummond and Mrs. Henri Gérin-Lajoie to work for the promotion of women’s rights.
In February 1922, she went as a delegation with a group of women at the Quebec legislature to ask the Premier Taschereau to adopt a bill granting voting rights to women in Quebec.
In 1929, she was elected president of the League of Women's Rights.
In April 1940, women get THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO STAND in Quebec.
In November 1942, she entered into active politics and is as independent Liberal candidate in Charlevoix-Saguenay .
In August 1945, she won the campaign she had undertaken to allow Quebec to receive family allowances directly from the federal government (previously issued in the name of the husband).
In December 1946, she officially joined the CCF ( Cooperative Commonwealth Federation , PSD / NDP).
In 1951, she was elected president of the Quebec wing of the NDP (New Democratic Party).
In February 1961, she founded the Quebec section of the Voice of Women.
In March 1961, she mobilized a group of 400 women who go train from Montreal to Ottawa, where she met with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to submit a brief arguing for peace.
In March 1962, she joined the American Women's Strike for Peace delegation and is involved in several European and Asian countries.
In February 1964, she went to Moscow in a peace delegation.
In December 1964, she was detained in Paris by the French police for three hours, following a peaceful demonstration.
In April 1966, she founded the Fédération des femmes du Québec.
In October 1970, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada.
In June 1971, she must withdraw from the Senate because she is 75 years old.
November 3, 1981 Thérèse Casgrain passes away at her home in Montreal .
Over the last few years, the Foundation has financed various projects such as the Thérèse-Casgrain Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Alphonsine-Howlett Bursary, the Maison Thérèse-Casgrain, amongst others. In 2014, the Foundation helped Chez Doris, Action Réfugiés Montréal and Radical Resthome and financed the project Féminin Féminin from Chloé Robichaud, movie director.
Furthermore, the Foundation has remitted prizes of $500 each to Secondary 5 students in various secondary establishments. In order to obtain the prize, students must write an essay about Madame Casgrain’s legacy in the 21st century and complete a minimum of 24 hours of community service. For more details about this project, click here.
Madame Michèle Nadeau, granddaughter of Thérèse Casgrain and president of the Foundation, also gives presentations on the life and legacy of her grandmother to secondary and Cégep students across Montreal. She has also been a guest speaker for various organizations such as The Montreal Council of Women, the University Women’s Club of Montreal, the Atwater Library, the Serendipity Club, etc.
ContactsTHÉRÈSE F. CASGRAIN FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 34024
Lachine (Québec) H8S 4H4
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.orgBOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michèle Nadeau president Marthe Lacasse vice president Marsha Hunter treasurer Myriam Léonard secretary Druse Bryan Elizabeth Henrik Julia Kappler Dianne Landry Carole Massé Robert C. Nadeau Wendy Polverari