McCarthy, Grace Mary

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McCarthy, Grace Mary

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Born in Vancouver on October 14, 1927, Grace McCarthy was a highly successful businesswoman who opened her first flower shop at 17 years of age and built it into five flourishing shops. Then she took on a public role for three decades. She was a Vancouver Parks Commissioner, MLA and cabinet minister, serving as Deputy Premier with several portfolios, including economic development, provincial secretary, human resources and tourism. She initiated Canada's first toll-free Help Line for abused children; successfully lobbied governments to enable women to own property without a male guarantor; founded Canada's first school of floral design, initiated the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre, established Canada's first linear parkway and SkyTrain, and initiated BC's first film promotion office. Retiring from public life, Grace McCarthy turned her attention to raising funds for research to help children with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. She was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2004.

Grace McCarthy died in Vancouver on May 24, 2017.


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KHUGHES 2010-10
Revised Khughes 2019



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