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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General News

VOW Remembers Ann Straus Gertler

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace send our deepest condolences to the family of Ann Straus Gertler.  Ann was a long-time member and generous supporter of VOW.  This year she contributed $6000 to our matching campaign. She will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made by clicking here.

Ann Straus Gertler NYC 25 October 1922 – Montreal 30 April 2017

(Printed in the Globe and Mail)
At 94, wife and partner in all things for 70 years with the late Maynard Gertler, loving and fearless mother of five boys, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrator, mentor and networker, college teacher, US Senate staffer, co-founder of Harvest House Publishers, determined and passionate advocate for peace, global abolition of war and nuclear weapons, tireless promoter of international solutions especially through the UN, consultant to government delegations and peace organizations in Canada and internationally, mentor to generations of activists, especially young women, active supporter of access to contraception, horsewoman, sailor, farmer and gardener in Westchester County, NY, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, defender of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, facilitator of outdoor education.

Donations to: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace or other peace organization of your choice.

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In the February/March 1987 edition of Peace Magazine, Shirley Farlinger wrote an article on Ann Gertler.

Useful in the Third Quarter: a Profile of Ann Gertler


One of Canada’s most effective peace activists is a Montréal woman, Ann Gertler. Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of International Peace and Security, Gertler also serves as co-chairperson of the Group of 78, a brainy, diverse group that was begun in 1980 to propose international policies to the government. She is on the Board of Project Ploughshares and until recently of Voice of Women, and she serves on the Steering Committee of the Consultative Group, which is a select group of citizens invited by the Disarmament Ambassador to advise the Ministry of External Affairs. She is also an official U.N. Observer.  Read the entire article here.