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Globally Minded • Positive • Activist

Her Story

Rosemary Ganley

Educator - Journalist - Activist

Rosemary's Story :

I am a lifelong feminist activist and writer, who attended the Fourth UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

I lived in Jamaica and Tanzania for six  years and with my husband John founded the development agency “Jamaican Self Help” in 1980.  I later published a book on this experience: “Jamaica Journal: the Story of a Grassroots Canadian Aid Organization’.

I  gave the Margaret Laurence Lecture at Trent on feminist theologies in 2011, and now write a weekly column for the Peterborough Examiner.   My newest book “Positive Community” is a collection of 104 of these columns.

I was assistant editor of the independent newspaper Catholic New Times in Toronto 2001-2006.  My writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto STAR, the Peterborough Examiner, the Green Teacher and Conscience magazine.

Recently (2018) I was invited by Prime Minister Trudeau to serve on the 19-person Gender Equality Advisory Council to the G7 meeting in Quebec in June.

I have three sons and eight grandchildren.    I have  been inducted in to the Peterborough Pathway of Fame.