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Pauline Emily McGibbon

Pauline Emily McGibbon, née Mills (born at Sarnia, Ont 20 Oct 1910, died at Toronto 14 Dec 2001).

Pauline Emily McGibbon, née Mills (born at Sarnia, Ont 20 Oct 1910, died at Toronto 14 Dec 2001). After years of volunteer positions, including national president of the IMPERIAL ORDER DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE (1963-65), president of the Alumni Assn (1953-54) and chancellor of U of T (1971-74), McGibbon held her first salaried position as Ontario's lieutenant-governor (1974-80). She was the first woman lieutenant-governor in Canada. Although she attributed her success to a sense of humour and love of people, she acknowledged that her appointment would have been impossible but for the WOMEN'S MOVEMENT. She was chairperson of the National Arts Centre (1980-84), member-at-large of the board of trustees, Toronto School of Theology (1984-87) and since 1980 has been a director of Massey Hall/Roy Thomson Hall. McGibbon was named to the Order of Canada in 1967 and was promoted within the Order to Companion in 1980.

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