June Callwood


June Callwood

Infobox journalist
name = June Callwood


birthname =
birth_date = June 2, 1924
birth_place = Chatham, Ontario, Canada
death_date = death date and age|2007|4|14|1924|6|2
death_place = Toronto, Ontario
education =
occupation = Author
Journalist
Activist
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gender = Female
status =
title =
family =
spouse = Trent Frayne
children = Jill Frayne Brant Frayne
Jesse Frayne
Casey Frayne
relatives =
ethnic =
religion = Atheist
salary =
networth =
credits = Order of Canada
Order of Ontario
Toronto Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Canadian News Hall of Fame inductee
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June Rose Callwood, C.C., O.Ont. (June 2, 1924 – April 14, 2007) was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. She was born in Chatham, Ontario and grew up in nearby Belle River.Cite news|url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070414.wcallwoodobit/BNStory/National/home |title=Journalist, activist June Callwood dies at 82 |last=Martin |first=Sandra |publisher=Globe and Mail|date=April 14, 2007 |accessdate=2007-04-14] Cite news|url=http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2007/04/14/callwood.html |title=June Callwood, Canada’s social conscience, dies at 82
author=CBC Arts |publisher=CBC|date=April 14, 2007 |accessdate=2007-04-14
]

Early life and career

Callwood began her journalism career at high school where she was editor of the school paper. She dropped out of school to work for the "Brantford Expositor". In 1942, she was offered a job with the "The Globe and Mail" and moved to Toronto. She married journalist Trent Frayne two years later, but continued to use her own surname because "The Globe and Mail" at that time did not employ married women.cite web|url= http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1513|title=June Callwood on The Hour|publisher=CBC|date=2007-04-02|accessdate=2007-04-18]

She ultimately left the "Globe and Mail" to raise a family but later resumed her career by becoming a freelance journalist, writing books and magazine pieces, many for "Maclean's". Callwood ghost-wrote close to ten autobiographies for such prominent Americans such as broadcaster Barbara Walters, film director Otto Preminger and Dr. Charles William Mayo.cite web|url=http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-69-1393-8719/life_society/june_callwood/clip5 |title= Callwood as ghostwriter |publisher=CBC|date=1979-09-21|accessdate=2007-04-14]

Callwood entered television journalism, hosting the series "In Touch" on CBC Television from 1975 to 1978. She also hosted two series, "National Treasure" and "Caregiving with June Callwood", for Vision TV.

Callwood's career was marked by a strong concern for social justice, especially on issues affecting children and women. She became one of Canada's most famous social justice activists, founding or co-founding over 50 Canadian social action organizations including youth and women's hostels. She founded Casey House (1988), a Toronto hospice for people with AIDS, PEN Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and Feminists Against Censorship.cite web|url=http://www.thestar.com/News/article/203138|title=Activist Callwood dies at 82|publisher=Toronto Star |date=2007-04-14|accessdate=2007-04-14]

In 1978, she was made a member of the Order of Canada. She was promoted to Officer in 1985, and promoted again to Companion in 2000. In 1988, she was awarded the Order of Ontario. In 2004, the City of Toronto noted its intention to name a street in Callwood's honour. Callwood requested that an existing street not be renamed for her, and specified that it be a new or currently unnamed street near a school or a playground. The street is June Callwood Way and is in the neighbourhood of Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue.

In 2004, Callwood went public about her battle with cancer. She refused treatment and continued to be active, but ultimately succumbed to the disease in the morning of April 14, 2007. Callwood was last seen on TV on April 2, 2007 in the CBC show "The Hour", interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos.

In July 2005, a Toronto park [ [http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/0/d7fe145814ea11e085257042006066d1?OpenDocument Toronto names park after June Callwood] ] was named after Callwood. A professorship in social justice was also established at Victoria College, University of Toronto in her honour. [ [http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/051031-1770.asp Callwood honoured with professorship] ] A biography, written by Anne Dublin and entitled "June Callwood: A Life of Action", was published in March 2007.

Personal life

Callwood and Frayne had four children together: two daughters and two sons. The daughters are noted authors Jesse and Jill Frayne, and the elder son is Brant Frayne. The second son and youngest child, Casey Frayne, was killed on April 19, 1982, when he was 20 years old, by a drunk driver.Cite news|url=http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-69-1393-8720/life_society/june_callwood/clip7 |title=Struck By Tragedy
author=CBC Arts |publisher=CBC|date=April 19, 1987 |accessdate=2007-04-19
] Callwood's death came only days before the 25th anniversary of her son's death.

Callwood had five grandchildren: Marie, Emma, Lucy, and Jack Manchester (children of Jessie); and Bree Fitzgerald (daughter of Jill).

Callwood obtained her pilot's licence in the late 1940s and maintained the licence throughout her life.

Callwood was an atheist throughout life. She even stated in a very last interview that she still did not believe in God nor an afterlife, but instead believed in kindness.

elected works

*"Love, Hate, Fear and Anger" — 1964
*"Canadian Women and the Law" — 1974
*"The Law Is Not for Women" — 1976
*"Emma" — 1984
*"Emotions" — 1986
*"Twelve Weeks in Spring" — 1986
*"Jim: A Life With AIDS" — 1988
*"The Sleepwalker" — 1990
*"Portrait of Canada" — 1991
*"Trial Without End" — 1994
*"June Callwood's National Treasures" — 1994
*"The Man Who Lost Himself" — 2000

Notes and references

External links

* [http://www.caseyhouse.com/en/home/ Casey House website]
* [http://www.collectionscanada.ca/women/002026-298-e.html June Callwood biography at Library and Archives Canada]
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-69-1393/life_society/june_callwood/ CBC Digital Archives – June Callwood: Canada's Conscience]
* [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070414.wcallwoodobit/BNStory/National/home Globe and Mail obituary: "Journalist, Activist June Callwood Dies at 82"]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2007/04/14/callwood.html CBC Obituary]
* [http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_9799.aspx CityNews Obituary] retrieved April 14, 2007
* [http://www.thestar.com/News/article/203138 Toronto Star Obituary] retrieved April 14, 2007

Related video

* [http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/thehour_player.html?20051116-Suicide_callwood June Callwood interviewed about assisted suicide] , "", November 16, 2005
* [http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1513 June Callwood's last interview, on "The Hour"] , April 2, 2007


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