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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.