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|The Honourable Muriel McQueen Fergusson, P.C., O.C., Q.C.
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The Honourable Muriel McQueen Fergusson, P.C., O.C., Q.C. was one of New Brunswick’s most beloved women. Born in 1899 in Shediac Cape, she became a lawyer long before women were accepted in that profession, became the first woman Senator from the Atlantic region and the first female Speaker of the Senate. The recipient of numerous awards and honourary degrees, Senator Fergusson dedicated her life to selfless public service and tireless pursuit of social justice. She passed away in 1997.
In recognition of Muriel McQueen Fergusson's contribution to the fields of social action and justice, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation was established in 1985 with a pressing mission - to prevent and eliminate family violence and to support those who provide services to victims of abuse.
We believe that the most effective way to defeat this terrible social issue is to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the problem and to encourage people to speak openly about it.
To that aim, we actively support research into the causes and forms of family violence and we promote educational programs that address family violence effectively. In addition to our ongoing work to combat family violence, we also engage in several high profile activities throughout the year.