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Pauline Vanier

Pauline Vanier
Georges and Pauline Vanier in 1940
Born March 28, 1898
Montreal, Quebec
Died March 23, 1991
Relatives Georges Vanier, husband
Thérèse Vanier, daughter
Jean Vanier, son

The Honourable Pauline Vanier, Vanier Institute of the Family in 1965.[1]

Madame Vanier was the first non-political woman to be appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. She was sworn in on April 11, 1967 as a sign of honour from Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. In July that same year she was made one of the first Companions of the Order of Canada for her humanitarian work. She was appointed the Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 1966.

The couple had five children. Their son beatification in the Roman Catholic Church because of their piety and love for humanity.[2]


A Brampton, Ontario, Catholic elementary school is named in her honor as well as an Ottawa middle school. Madame Vanier Hall, a women's residence at St Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, also bears her name. In 1963, London Children's Aid, and Catholic Social Services groups got together, and created the "Madame Vanier Children's Services".


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia, page about the Vanier Institute of the Family.
  2. ^ "General The Right Honourable Georges Philias Vanier". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

External links

  • Order of Canada Citation
  • Historica Minute of Pauline Vanier
Academic offices
Preceded by
Marie-Joseph Lemieux
Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
Succeeded by
Gérald Fauteux

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