October 14, 2005 14:22 ET

City of Montreal/Name change for McLynn Park in the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) -

A Park Named in Honour of Rosemary Brown, the First Canadian Black Woman Elected to Parliament

Marcel Tremblay, associate councillor to the Mayor of Montreal and responsible for cultural communities and Marvin Rotrand, city councillor for the borough of Cote-des-Neiges - Notre-Dame-de-Grace, are pleased to announce that city council has endorsed the name change of what will now be known as Rosemary-Brown Park in honour of the first black woman elected to Canada's Parliament. The appropriate measures will be taken with the Bureau du patrimoine et de toponymie to record the new name for what had been McLynn Park.

"Ms. Brown was a remarkable woman who strived throughout her life to promote justice and equality for women and minorities with the unshakable force and determination that made her a model for the black community in particular and for the general public as a whole. Ms. Brown made her mark by contributing to the promotion of human rights, of improved women's and workers' rights and of racial tolerance and inclusion in Canada. Our administration salutes these values as well as her efforts and this is why we want to make a small contribution in terms of perpetuating her memory," said Mr. Tremblay.

Elected to the British Columbia's legislative assembly in 1972, Rosemary Brown was the first black women to become an MP. She enjoyed a distinguished career as a social worker, university professor, politician and feminist. Ms. Brown passed away in 2003 at the age of 72.

"A native of Jamaica, Ms. Brown studied at McGill University in the 1950s. She is well-known for her vitality and for her conviviality. She was a mother, a wife and a grandmother who never really managed to retire. She was an early pioneer and activist and we wish, through this gesture, to highlight the contributions she made," said Mr. Rotrand.

Ms. Brown's achievements have been recognized by many organizations. She was awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of British Colombia and a Human Rights Fellowship from the United Nations. One year prior to her death, Ms. Brown received the Canadian Labour Congress Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity in recognition of her lifelong dedication to the struggle for equality and social justice.

Contact Information

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    Ville de Montreal
    Office of the mayor and the executive committee
    Darren Becker
    Press secretary
    (514) 872-6412
    Service du developpement culturel, de la qualite du milieu
    de vie et de la diversite ethnoculturelle
    Luc Landry
    Communications officer
    (514) 872-2948