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Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo

  • May 07, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre



Barbara Dickson

As an historian, speaker and author, Barbara Dickson has entertained, educated, and enlightened audiences for almost twenty years.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992, Barbara refused to succumb to her illness without a fearless fight. She quickly re-discovered her love of writing and history when she retired from her career as an IT software analyst. Barbara has spent many years researching local and Canadian history including Canada in the early to mid 1800’s, Ireland’s Great Hunger, and the invaluable contribution made by Canadian men and women engaged in war work during World War II.  This research led to the writing and publishing of her book Bomb Girls, Trading Aprons for Ammo.


Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo

Barbara will provide a history of Canada’s biggest, secret WWII munitions plant employing over 21,000 citizens, predominantly women, who courageously worked with high explosives around the clock over its four year history in what was then the rural community of Scarborough. Through in person interviews with the women Barbara will reveal a unique, intimate, and extraordinary glimpse into the lives and hearts of these dedicated Canadians.  Their stories show tenacity, dedication, patriotism, and resolve in a time when the concept of women working outside the home was a cultural anomaly.  In writing this book Barbara hopes to pass along their enduring legacy to the generations to come.


 This event is part of the Spring 2018 Speaker series.

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