Cora Watt Casselman

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Cora Watt Casselman

Honoured by: Frances Reynolds

The special woman in my life was my mother, Cora Watt Casselman. Of course, most mothers are special to their daughters but mine certainly provided a good example for me. She graduated from Queen’s in 1912 (the only one of her family to go to university) and married another Queen’s grad – Frederick Casselman – 1911. She taught school when he was overseas during World War I. Later, when my father was MP for Edmonton East, he died suddenly of a heart attack. My mother encouraged me as she ran in the by-election and became the first woman Liberal MP and the first to be Acting Speaker of the House of Commons. Because of her, I went to Queen’s and have had a reasonably successful life.

~Frances Reynolds