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Agnes Macphail Award Ceremony 2020 – Postponed
March 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Agnes Macphail Award Ceremony was scheduled to take place Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the East York Civic Centre. It has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Further information: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/agnes-macphail-award/
Agnes Campbell Macphail (1890-1954) was once described as “the most important woman in public life that Canada has produced in the 20th century.” She is now featured on the commemorative Canada 150 $10 bill.
In 1921 she blazed a path for women with her election to the federal House of Commons. Following her election in 1943, she became the first woman to sit in the Ontario Legislature, representing the riding of York East (which at that time included the community of East York and a large surrounding rural area). For further information on her life and accomplishments, visit the Agnes Macphail Website and Digital Collection hosted by the Grey Highlands Public Library.
On March 24, 1993, Mayor Michael Prue proclaimed the first annual Agnes Macphail Day in the Borough of East York, in honour of the 50th anniversary of her election to the Legislature.
In January 1994, East York Council established the Agnes Macphail Award.