Looking for members of Ladies Auxiliary of MMSW

I am doing a research project on labour unions in Canada during the Cold War.  I am trying to find the surviving members of the Ladies Auxiliary of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers (MMSW) to interview them about their work as Auxiliary members.


Ladies’ Auxiliary delegates at the Eighth Annual Convention, Sudbury, February 27, 1956.

The MMSW Ladies Auxiliaries fed striking families, organized clothing drives, hosted Christmas parties, dinners, and other social events, and raised funds to support the needy.   The Auxiliaries maintained the social fabric of the union.

If you were involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of MMSW, or have mothers, sisters, aunts, or grandmothers that were involved…Please email: mmsw.research_project@hotmail.ca I would love to hear from you!!  Below are some names of women that were involved in the Ladies Auxiliary.

Auxiliary locals in Eastern Canada existed in Port Colborne, Marmora, Sudbury, Timmins, Bancroft, Kirkland Lake, Ontario: Some of the women who were active in these Eastern locals were: Kay Carlin, Isabel Smaller, Ruth Reid, June Liska, Lily Johnson, Lucie Bartol,  Mary Petryshen, Marie Bassoe, May Smith.

Auxiliary locals in Western Canada existed in Trail, Kimberley, Bluebell, Rossland, Mount Sheer, Riondel, Kaslo, ad Brittania BC; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Uranium City, SK. Women that were involved in these Western locals were: Betty Donaldson, Tillie Belanger,  Joyce Muir,  Grace Anderson, Joyce Bryden, Margaret Bystrom, Carmen Rogers, Eyelyn Munro, Shirley Mathews, Ann Kozak, Muriel Gendron, Zelda Brown, Evelyn Lewis, Doris Ratcliffe.

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MMSW Ladies Auxiliary locals in Western Canada

Auxiliary locals in Western Canada existed in Trail, Kimberley, Bluebell, Rossland, Mount Sheer, Riondel, Kaslo, and Brittania, BC; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Uranium City, SK. Women that were involved in these Western locals were: Betty Donaldson, Tillie Belanger,  Joyce Muir,  Grace Anderson, Joyce Bryden, Margaret Bystrom, Carmen Rogers, Eyelyn Munro, Shirley Mathews, Ann Kozak, Muriel Gendron, Zelda Brown, Evelyn Lewis, Doris Ratcliffe.

Ladies’ Auxiliary delegates at 1966 convention in Trail, B.C. Seated (L-R): —-, Mary Kelly, Edna Carter, Lorena Skinner, —-, Olga St. Jean, Pearl Moir, Helen Morley. Standing (L-R): Verona Christensen, Doreen Moen, —-, Ann Eastcott, Rose Patterson, Muriel Gendron. (Unidentified: Grace Faurot, Ann Lukey, Charlotte Berg.) Photo courtesy Tillie Belanger. Archives Ontario, F1280 Solski Collection.  Series 10.

Ladies’ Auxiliary delegates at the B.C. District Mine Mill Convention, Vancouver 1961. (L-R): Julia Rigby, Laura Nelson, Margaret Bystrom, Helen Walton, Rose Patterson, Betty Donaldson, Beryl Kelley, Margaret Moffatt, Verona Christensen, Dot Ratcliffe. Archives Ontario, F1280 Solski Collection.  Series 10.

Some members of Trail Ladies’ Auxiliary Local 131, Seated (L-R): Veron Christensen, Helen Larmor, Margart Bystrom, Inesse Gattrell, Eva York, Dulcie Warrington, Helen Gwillim, Mary Unger. Standing (L-R): Tillie Belanger, Jean McIntyre, Emma Pontius, Dot Ratcliffe, Mary Kelly, Ann Eastcott. Photo courtesy Tillie Belanger. Archives Ontario, F1280 Solski Collection.  Series 10.

Trail Ladies’ Auxiliary Local 131 caters for a labour school in Rossland, B.C. (L-R): Alice Petrunia, Ilda Morandini, Ann Eastcott, Donna Dosen, Kay Dosen, —-, Nora Hughes, Marlene Penson, Evelyn Louis, Emma Penson, Dora Grieves, Dot Ratcliffe. Photo courtesy Tillie Belanger. Archives Ontario, F1280 Solski Collection.  Series 10.

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MMSW Ladies Auxiliary locals in Eastern Canada

Auxiliary locals in Eastern Canada existed in Port Colborne, Marmora, Sudbury, Timmins, Bancroft, Kirkland Lake, Ontario: Some of the women who were active in these Eastern locals were: Kay Carlin, Isabel Smaller, Ruth Reid, June Liska, Lily Johnson, Lucie Bartol,  Mary Petryshen, Marie Bassoe, May Smith.

Wives and staff at gala opening of the completed Mine Mill hall, September 20, 1952. Seated (L-R): Frankie Wilson, Henrietta Jaques, Kay Carlin, Isabel Murphy, Jenny Neilsen, ——, Dorothy MacDonald, Babes Coutts, Lil King. Standing (L-R): Kay Kopinak, Isabel Smaller, Ruth Reid, Jessie Kennedy, Nancy Coombs, Leona Lalonde, Adeline Pavan, Mary Casas, Mary Bardeggia, Gail Larson, Irene Solski, June Liska, Ruth Robinson, Marie Thibault. Archives Ontario, F1280 Solski Collection.  Series 10.

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