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Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in General News

Beloved VOW member and Life-Long time activist Elizabeth Carr – a life to be celebrated

Betsy Carr lived a long and productive life.  She was the United Nationsrepresentative for Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for 2 years.  She was a dedicated Raging Grannie and succeeded in  getting the Toronto group included in the impressive line up of performers at the mammoth Hague Appeal for Peace conference in 1999.  She was very interested in the NAC (National Action Committee) and helped to craft peace resolutions for the NAC AGM’s in Ottawa.  Truly a life to be celebrated.


ELIZABETH (BETSY) REESOR CARR, BA, DipSW (nee BINGEMAN)July 10, 1915 – February 20, 2013Died peacefully, age 97, at Nisbet Lodge. Beloved wife of Jack A. Carr for 70 years. She was proud of her family – sons Brian (Kathryn Elliott) and Randy (Margaret), and grandchildren Ryan (Erica and their daughter, Olivia), Michael (Emily and their son, Jackson), Hayley (Ryan Noah) and Sarah (Gavin Franklyne). The family wishes to thank the 14th floor medical team, Toronto General Hospital and the staff of Nisbet Lodge for their humane and effective care of Betsy. Born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg, Betsy graduated from the University of Manitoba, 1936. She spent three years in Ottawa working in the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, before moving to Toronto to study social work, graduating from University of Toronto in 1940. Her professional career included stints with The Children’s Aid Society of North York, Visiting Homemakers Association, Metro Children’s Aid Society, and The Community Mental Health Clinic in Scarborough.Her volunteer activities were numerous and varied, concentrating on women’s issues and peace activities. On behalf of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), she chaired a committee on continuing education which planned and commissioned a report “University Women in Continuing Education and Employment”, and also chaired the CFUW’s Status of Women and Human Rights Committee. She was a member and recording secretary of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC). As a member of the Voice of Women (VOW), Betsy was one of their representatives at the United Nations in New York. She has been a delegate at conferences in Washington, Moscow, and both East and West Berlin. As a member of NAC, Betsy was active in the constitutional debates in Ottawa on the Charter of Rights as it affected women’s and aboriginal rights. In 1990, she founded the Toronto chapter of the Raging Grannies, modelled on the original group in Victoria, BC. In 1986, Betsy was awarded the Person’s Award by the Governor General for her promotion ofwomen’seducation and opportunities and for her continuing efforts in the peace movement. A celebration of her life will take place at The Arts and Letters Club, 14Elm St., Toronto, on March 17th at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered online at .

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the University Women’s Club of North York, 29 Sunnydene Cres., Toronto, ON M4N 3J5, would be appreciated.

Published in the Toronto Star on March 2, 2013