Florence Ivy May Buckley Paice

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.

Florence Ivy May Buckley Paice

Honoured by: Gwen Patterson

Ivy was the first Canadian-born child of recent British immigrants in 1909. Her father, very involved in the British labour movement, continued this as his Canadian career. Ivy had to leave school in Grade 11 to support herself and thus died her dream of becoming a teacher.

Ivy took night classes and became a legal secretary. The Depression postponed marriage to her banker fiancé as the Bank dictated the salary required before marriage. In 1938 they married. Education became the magic tool for success; thus when my sister and I were born, our parents agreed that mom would sew our clothes if dad put aside $4 per month for our “education”.

Going to university was the theme throughout our school years. Moving to Montreal in 1957 solidified that theme as our new school was based in a very professional and international work force with university being the only career choice.

Mom’s vision and Dad’s financial support and supportive secondary teachers meant that my sister and I have five degrees between us (Queen’s, McGill & York) and our four children have eight degrees all because someone wanted to better herself.

It is interesting to note that while our grandfather’s labour career was a negative in our mother’s life, it became a beacon for the next two generations of what can be done by an immigrant who wanted to change his world and that of his fellow workers.

Gwen Paice Patterson