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Maureen S. Irwin
(1934 - 2002) Canada

Maureen Irwin

Social activist, lobbyist gltb rights

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Maureen set out to volunteer much of her time to help get organizations such as GATE off the ground. (Later called GALA). The Pride committee during the early 70's consisted of "about eight to twelve people".

Her volunteer history stretches back to 1966 where she became involved with various organizations and groups. Everything from Choir Mother to working with physically challenged kids. It was around the later part of the 70's when she became a member of a feminist book store called "Common Woman Books".

Maureen set out to volunteer much of her time to help get organizations such as GATE off the ground. (Later called GALA). The Pride committee during the early 70's consisted of "about eight to twelve people". While with GATE she co-founded Womonspace, a recreational and social club for lesbians.

Maureen has done and is still doing a lot of public speaking to all sorts of University, College and Community Schools whenever she gets the chance. One of her more memorable moments was speaking with Michael Phair at the first Pride Parade because they had so much fun. She is former Library Director for the Edmonton Journal. As to awards, Maureen got an Award of Merit from Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canada, Canada Volunteer Award Medal and Certificate of Honour (presented to 20 Canadians in 1993)

She was living in committed relationship with Sheryl.

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