Friday, December 9, 2016

Civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond to be featured on Canada's new $10 bill in 2018

Viola Desmond who is also known as Canada’s Rosa Parks will be the first woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote. This is huge! Viola Desmond is known for sitting in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre in her 1946.

Making the announcement today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said: "Today is about recognizing the incalculable contribution that all women have had and continue to have in shaping Canada’s story. Viola Desmond’s own story reminds all of us that big change can start with moments of dignity and bravery." "She represents courage, strength and determination-qualities we should all aspire to every day."

Viola Desmond’s sister Wanda Robson was on hand for the announcement. "It’s a big day to have a woman on a bank note, but it’s an especially big day to have your big sister on a bank note," she said. "Our family is extremely proud and honored."

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