Women of Interest – Dorothy Livesay

Dorothy Livesay was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in October 1909, and died in Victoria, British Columbia, on December 29, 1996. In 1944 Livesay won the Governor General’s Literary Award for “Day and Night” and again in 1947 for “Poems for People.” That same year she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce medal for her distinguished contribution to Canadian Literature. Livesay became an officer of the Order of Canada in 1987 as well as an officer of the Order of British Columbia in 1992. In 1985 Livesay was awarded an honorary doctorate from Athabasca University. Dorothy Livesay participated as a writer-in-residence at many universities. Additional information about Dorothy Livesay’s life, which included being a member of the communist party, and career may be found at the following websites: