Dr. Dormer Ellis was born on November 22, 1925. In 1984 Ellis became the first women to receive the Ontario Professional Engineers Citizenship Award. As a youth she worked at Woolworth Store as a cashier and could readily calculate the change for purchases before the time of cash registers. When she told her high school teacher she wanted to study engineering, she was directed away from that career, but she did not listen and went on to earn her PhD. in engineering. Ellis married in 1952 and, much to her family’s dismay, she retained her maiden name. In 1982 she became the President of BPW of Toronto – Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women.
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