Here are some of the many organizations in which Sylvia was actively involved:

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa
  (Sylvia and Roy became founding members when it was launched in 1996.)

Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
(Sylvia was a driving force in COAT since its formation by her son Richard in 1988. She attended all the meetings, and played a key behind-the-scenes role in its campaigns until her stroke in 2002.)

Alliance for Nonviolent Action
(Between 1984 and 1989, she was arrested at three antiwar sit ins to oppose: (a) low level test flights over Nitassinan, (b) Canada's role in Star Wars, and (c) the massive ARMX arms bazaar.

Peace Resource Centre (now the Peace & Environment Resource Centre)
  (Sylvia was very actively involved between 1984 and 1986, when she was on the PRC Board.)

Operation Dismantle
  (She was active in the late 1970s-early 1980s and helped create the Gloucester Peace Group.)

Ottawa Committee for Peace & Liberation
(In 1970, Sylvia and Roy helped bring pediatrician and peace activist Dr. Spock to Ottawa for a speaking event. They were responsible for driving him around the city during his visit.)

The Waffle (Movement for an Independent Socialist Canada)
  (Sylvia was a "Waffle delegate" to the NDP convention in Winnipeg in 1969. She remained active in the Waffle until it was forced out of the NDP.)

Ottawa Committee for Medical Aid for Vietnam Citizens
(In 1967 and 1968, she was at the very centre of this controversial effort which raised awareness and money to aid civilian victims of war in both North and South Vietnam.)

Ottawa Committee for Human Rights
  (She was active in this U.S. civil rights solidarity group between 1964 and 1966. She helped to bring the SNCC  Freedom Singers to Ottawa
twice and transported them to radio interviews.)

Voice of Women
(Sylvia joined in about 1963, when she sent her son Richard's baby teeth to be tested for Strontium-90, a radioactive element in fallout from 100s of atomic test explosions in the USA.)

New Democratic Party
  (She was involved in the NDP since its creation in 1961. Sylvia was the 1971 campaign manager for Jean Usher -- who later became Jean Friesen, the Deputy Premier of Manitoba.)

Canadian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
(She was actively involved in the Ottawa chapter of this group during the early 1960s.)

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
(Sylvia and Roy started attending in 1953 when the church was located downtown at the corner of Elgin and Lewis Streets. Sylvia was on the Board in 1967, when the church moved to its current location in Ottawa's west end.)

Unitarian Service Committee (USC)
(Inspired by the work of Lotta Hitchmanova, Sylvia started volunteering for the USC in 1953. She knitted clothing and helped package bales of material that was shipped to European refugees displaced by WWII.)


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