Official Opening of Rosemary Brown Park: The CDN-NDG Borough Honours a Pioneer



    MONTREAL, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Applebaum, Mayor of the
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough, and Marvin Rotrand,
Councillor for the Snowdon district, today officially opened Rosemary Brown
Park, named in tribute to the first black woman elected to public office in
Canada. The event was attended by Lawrence S. Bergman, MNA for D'Arcy-McGee,
Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, William Brown, husband of the late
Rosemary Brown, Noel-Patrick Brady, Honorary Jamaican Consul, Janet Smith,
President of Caribbean Pioneer Women of Canada, and some fifty guests.
    In October 2005, at the initiative of Marvin Rotrand, the CDN-NDG borough
requested that McLynn Park be officially named in honour of Rosemary Brown, as
a way of commemorating the accomplishments of a leading activist and honouring
a pioneer. Major upgrading work was then carried out in the park, and
completed in July 2007.
    "Rosemary Brown's name will now be part of the fibre of our city," noted
Mayor Tremblay. "Naming this park in her honour is our city's way of keeping
her work alive and showing Montrealers' commitment to the values she espoused,
of openness, democracy and solidarity. I hope that this park will become a
place for dialogue, meetings and exchanges."
    "The CDN-NDG borough is proud to contribute to keeping the memory of
Ms. Brown alive. She was a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly all her
life. I am pleased to be here today, to honour her in this new and completely
upgraded park that bears her name and, I am sure, will make many families in
our borough very happy," said CDN-NDG borough Mayor Michael Applebaum.
    "Rosemary Brown was a pioneer, a feminist and defender of human rights.
She fought throughout her life for women's and workers' rights and to promote
the equality of all people. This is our way of saluting the work of an
exceptional woman," added Mr. Rotrand.
    Rosemary Brown, a mother of three, was born in Jamaica in 1930, and came
to Canada in 1950. She was elected to the legislative assembly of British
Columbia in 1972, making her the first black woman elected to public office in
Canada. She had an outstanding career as a politician, social worker and
academic. She died in 2003, at age 72.
    "I am particularly touched and very honoured by this initiative by the
CDN-NDG borough," said William Brown, Rosemary's husband, who travelled from
Vancouver to attend this tribute to his wife.
    The borough finished completely upgrading Rosemary Brown Park, at 6665,
avenue McLynn, in July 2007. The work involved rebuilding the playgrounds for
ages 2 to 5 and 6 to 12, with imaginative and safe equipment, upgrading the
rest area for adults with street furniture facing avenue Plamondon, upgrading
a rest area along rue Vézina, relocating a lit regulation bocce court with
street furniture, repairing all the paths and installing new park furniture,
including several picnic tables.
    These improvements, under the CDN-NDG borough park renewal program,
represent an investment of $450,000.




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For further information: Communication Co-ordinators: Josianne Wilson,
(514) 868-3235; Jocelyne Bouchard, (514) 868-5288; Source: CDN-NDG borough


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