As a complement to our Helping Hands exhibition, listen to the story of the massive charitable contribution made by Canadian women on the home front to produce over 53,000,000 comforts and supplies, including more than 400,000 quilts for the people of Britain and Europe in the Second World War.
There is a $3 admission fee to attend this presentation. No pre-registration is required.
Joanna Dermenjian holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. As a Research Fellow at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University, Joanna is investigating women’s domestic and charitable making in textiles and how women have used stitching to nurture and restore themselves and create community with other women for individual and collective well-being. Her current project explores the quilt-making operation by Canadian women during the Second World War, when hundreds of thousands of quilts were made by women and donated to the British Women’s Voluntary Service (WWS) and the Canadian Red Cross to be distributed to soldiers, civilians and hospitals in Britain and Europe.