History

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We are the Powell River & Region Transition House Society. The name of the Transition House itself is Grace House Why was that name chosen?
Grace MacInnis was one of the first Western Canadian women to make politics her life and career. Born in Winnipeg in July of 1905, educated at the University of Manitoba, the Sorbonne and Ottawa Normal School. She was first elected to the BC Legislature in 1941. She served there from 1941-1945 then moved to the Federal House of Commons as the NDP Member of Parliament for Vancouver/Kingsway from 1965-1974. At no time did Grace miss an opportunity to put forward the interests and rights of women. She worked tirelessly for low-income housing and women’s equality. She was possibly the first politician in the history of this country to advocate for “pay for parenting” so women would not need to resort to the callous impersonality of welfare.
After fighting for a variety of women’s rights and child care options, job training, decent housing etc, she became a recipient of the Order of Canada, Persons Award. She also received honorary degrees from six universities, Freeman of the city of Vancouver, and received the Canadian Labour Congress award for Outstanding Service to Humanity. She was, for many women, the living proof that life need not be restricted to children and cooking. Grace died in July 1991, just weeks short of her 86th birthday. She left us all a legacy of courage, integrity and commitment to social improvement and change. In honour of her years of dedication to women and children, the Powell River and Region Transition House Society board of directors of 1994 chose her name for the newly acquired transition house.
Through the support and strength of local women, Grace House was opened on February 15th, 1994. the party was complete with board, staff, goodies and blessings from assorted churches and a cleansing from an elder from Sliammon.
In 2016, the house is still a safe place to go when things in your life are chaotic. The calm atmosphere, gentle advising staff, and the opportunity of time to think through your options are very healing.

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