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Viola Desmond Award

Women who write History

Because of the importance of celebrating Black women, the SIFN team created the VIOLA DESMOND award. This award is in honor of Mrs. Viola Desmond’s fight for the civil rights of Black communities in Canada. Not only is she the first woman, but the first Black woman appearing alone on a $10 vertical note.
Each year, this award will highlight the contribution of a Black woman who led the way with her work, her convictions and her perseverance. A woman who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of women at a time when she was not always allowed to take her place.

Récipiendaire 2018 : Docteure Yvette Bonny

Mrs. Bonny is a pediatrician and hematologist from the first generation of Haitians who arrived in Quebec in the 1960s. She was the first Black resident at Sainte-Justine Hospital, and, in 1980 was the first to perform a bone marrow transplant on a child in Quebec.