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Shirley Douglas to Give Honorary Lecture at Trent

On Tuesday, November 12, accomplished film and television actor Shirley Douglas will visit Trent University to give the annual honorary Margaret Laurence lecture.

The topic of this year’s lecture is "Health Care in Crisis: You Have the Power to Save It." As spokesperson for the Canadian Health Coalition, Ms. Douglas has been a strong advocate of the preservation of Canada’s health care system.

Shirley Douglas is the daughter of Irma and Tommy Douglas and witnessed the birth of medicare in Saskatchewan.

In 1952 Ms. Douglas graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, and stayed in England for ten years, performing for theatre and television. She then moved to Los Angeles and, in 1977, returned to Toronto with her three children. She continued to act and was last seen on stage with her son Kiefer Sutherland at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and the National Arts Centre in The Glass Menagerie. Ms. Douglas is currently starring in the CBC television series Wind at My Back.

Ms. Douglas is chair of the Toronto Health Coalition in addition to her role with the Canadian Health Coalition.

The Margaret Laurence Lecture, named in honour of the late Canadian feminist writer, is an annual event that addresses several broad areas that became part of Laurence's life work, particularly literature, feminism, ecology, and peace. Previous lecturers in the series have included Adele Wiseman, Ursula Franklin, June Callwood, Rosemary Brown, Lois Wilson, Peggy Antrobus, Nicole Brossard, Alice Williams, M. Nourbese Philip, Marlene Brant Castellano, Mary Walsh, Julie Johnston and Stevie Cameron.

The Margaret Laurence lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in the Champlain College Lecture Hall
(CC S307) at Trent University. A reception will follow in the senior common room. This event is free and open to the public.

Photo: Wednesday September 25, 8:44 PM - Shirley Douglas, actress and daughter of Tommy Douglas, a founding father of the Canadian health care system, talks to reporters as Normand Laberge, of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, looks on. (CP / Fred Chartrand) (CP)

Posted November 11, 2002

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