Friday March 30,
Join Jean for
her Jubilee – Scott's 100th birthday celebrated April 20 at the Cultch
Released by Anne Russell, UFV/Voice file
Jean Scott and Gwen O'Mahony at the
Chilliwack NDP office opening last month.
were you doing 100 years ago? If you’re like most of us, you were a
long way from conception. But if you’re Jean Scott of Chilliwack,
you were busy being born, just one week after the sinking of the
Scott, a well-known
community activist and feminist who has made her mark both locally
and nationally, will turn 100 on April 21.
The University of the
Fraser Valley, which conferred an honorary degree on Jean in 2002,
is throwing her a celebratory birthday party on Friday, April 20,
from 2 to 4 pm at the Rotary Hall studio theatre at the Chilliwack
Cultural Centre on Corbould Street.
Since Scott shares her birthday with Queen Elizabeth (but has
seniority by 14 years), this year’s party will have a royal theme.
Dubbed Jean’s Jubilee, it will be a ‘very proper party’. Hat
and gloves are optional, and there will be a booth to borrow them
from at the event.
Anyone in the community who knows Jean (even peripherally) and would
like to attend, is invited to do so if they RSVP.
Jean’s Jubilee is a
fundraiser for the Jean Scott Endowment Scholarship, which awards a
scholarship annually to a UFV student. The aim of the scholarship is
to assist in improving women's lives in Canadian society through
support of education relating to social and political issues that
impact women's equality.
If you would like to
attend, please RSVP to Kandie Husband of UFV’s Development office
here or by calling
604-792-0025, and asking for local 4595.
Scott has requested neither gifts nor birthday cards; she asks that
each attendee make a donation to the UFV Jean Scott Endowment
Scholarship. Donation forms will be available at her party. Should
you be unable to attend, please call 604-854-4595 to make a donation
over the phone. Or you can make an online donation by visiting
clicking 'Donate Now'.
Marian Dyck of Chilliwack has supported the Jean Scott Scholarship
for several years, making a donation annually. She encourages the
community to get behind this scholarship, which helps empower
students to prepare to serve their communities in the sphere of
“I support the scholarship not only to honour Jean but also to
ensure that the next generation of young women and men is prepared
to continue to work for social justice,” she said.
Given that Scott is turning 100 this year, Dyck suggests that $100
donations would be appropriate to mark the occasion. The university
will of course gratefully accept donations in any amount.
The endowment currently sits at $31,000 and the goal for this year
is to increase that amount to $50,000 in celebration of Jean’s
centennial year. This would fund a generous annual scholarship in
“Jean is a real friend of UFV and an important Canadian,” said UFV
president Mark Evered. “We want to celebrate her many decades of
achievement and mark her 100th birthday in a very memorable way.”
In 1990, Scott received the Governor General’s Person’s Medal, which
is presented annually to Canadians who have earned respect through
their contributions to the goal of equality for women in Canada.
After a lifetime of struggle and achievement, and tireless
dedication to social justice and many causes, Scott wrote and
self-published her memoir in 2005.
Brown Sugar and A Bone
in the Throat is a compelling narrative of one woman’s journey
through childhood poverty, the Depression, World War II, multiple
romances and marriages, and several political movements.
These days, Scott continues to inspire people with her energy, her
optimism, and her love of music and a good cause. She lives at the
Lynnwood Retirement Residence in Chilliwack with her geriatric cat,
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