As many of you know the production of a book is a labour of love, and this has definitely been the case with Queen of the Hurricanes. The passion and determination with which Elsie MacGill lived her life, and her desire to effect positive social change in the world inspired my work towards this book. This award will help me my colleagues at the Feminist History Society and Second Story Press to continue contributing to the Ontario Historical Society's mission of 'preserving, promoting, and protecting Ontario's history'.
The journey towards this book's completion could not have been achieved without the incredible help and support of many people including Constance Backhouse, Ruby Heap, Diana Majury, Jennifer Penny and the incredible women within The Feminist History Society, and the dynamic team at Second Story Press. I owe a debt of gratitude as well to all of my professors and colleagues at Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa who made history come alive for me and encouraged my work over the years. I am also indebted to the incredible support of my husband Teva Vidal who believed in this book every step of the way.
Thank you very much,