Senator Nancy Ruth

Senator Nancy Ruth

Date of Birth: January 6, 1942

A native of Toronto, Ms. Nancy Ruth holds a Master of Arts degree in the Applied Behavioural Sciences from Whitworth College, was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University in 1969 and has obtained a number of diplomas in Theology.

Ms. Nancy Ruth has won a series of prestigious awards, both on the national and international scene, obtaining the South African Women for Women Friendship Award in 2004; the Government of Ontario's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights in 1998; and Membership in the Order of Canada in 1994. She has also received several honorary doctorate degrees from esteemed institutions across Canada.

Throughout her working life, she has played an active role in various religious, professional, political, educational and non-profit organizations in Canada, Britain and the United States. She has also been instrumental in co-founding organizations that work for women's social change in Canada like LEAF (The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund), the Canadian Women's Foundation, www.coolwomen.ca, Toronto's The Linden School, The Women's Future Fund and the Charter of Rights Coalition.

She has also sat on the Board of Directors of the Economic Council of Canada, The Canadian Centre for Arms Control, The Canada-USA Fulbright Foundation and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, among many others.

Ms. Nancy Ruth has spoken exhaustively about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and on a myriad of issues concerning women's rights, poverty, politics and economics.

Senator's Web Site: sen.parl.gc.ca/nruth
E-mail Address: mcgeed@sen.parl.gc.ca