- June Callwood
name = June Callwood
June 2, 1924
birth_place = Chatham,
death_date = death date and age|2007|4|14|1924|6|2
occupation = Author
gender = Female
children = Jill Frayne Brant Frayne
Order of Canada Order of Ontario
Toronto Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Canadian News Hall of Fameinductee
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, Ontarioand 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 Fraynetwo 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 Premingerand 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 Televisionfrom 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 Torontonoted 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, 2007in 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.
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 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.
*"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
* [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
* [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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