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Addressing a group of recent female immigrants to Canada a few years ago, Society Fellow Grete Hale advised them to “do your best, and fight like the dickens” to overcome challenges in their adopted country.

Hale’s new autobiography, Baker’s Daughter: The story of a long, rich and very Canadian life, shows how that philosophy has guided her throughout her 81 years. With her go-getter attitude, Hale rose from her humble beginnings in Depression-era Ottawa to become a successful businesswoman and a tireless volunteer who has travelled in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Hale contributed to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for 17 years, including seven years on the Merchan - dise Committee. She is still involved with many organizations, such as the CANHAVE Children’s Centre in Uganda, which provides care and schooling to orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. Hale is donating the proceeds from the sale of her book to CANHAVE.

— Marc Ellison
(Photo: Stephanie Foden)

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