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Lotta Money? Nominate Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova as a Bank NOTE-able Canadian Woman

Want to see Lotta Money? Nominate Lotta Hitschmanova as a Bank NOTE-able Canadian Woman.

Lotta Hitschmanova on a Canadian 100 dollar bill.

On 8 March 2016, International Women's Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced a new bank note featuring an iconic Canadian woman will be issued in late 2018.

The Bank of Canada is inviting the public to nominate women from Canada's past who are deserving of this recognition. The open call for nominations is now under way and will close on 15 April 2016.

One deserving woman who we know who fits the criteria is our beloved founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. She came to Canada as a refugee during World War II and made it her mission to make the world a kinder, more loving place for all. She began by helping the people of her homeland, then called Czechoslovakia, and other war-ravaged European countries. She decided to stay in Canada after learning her parents had been killed in a concentration camp during the war. She founded USC Canada (as the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada) and focussed her love and energy toward those who needed it most.

Whether it was providing milk and clothing for growing children, or implementing education programs, Lotta was a tireless inspiration to Canadians to give generously of their time, spirit and money. She poured her heart and soul into her work until her death in 1990. 

Learn more about her amazing life from our friends at the Canadian Unitarian Council.

Nominate Lotta (or another woman) here.

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We’re called USC Canada because we started out way back in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee, founded by the energetic Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We’re still planting the seeds that Lotta sowed. Find out more about our founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.

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