Alexa McDonough, former federal and N.S. NDP chief, dies at age 77: Former federal and Nova Scotia NDP chief Alexa McDonough has died on the age of 77, after an extended wrestle with Alzheimer’s illness. McDonough was the primary girl to guide a serious political celebration within the nation, main the Nova Scotia NDP from 1980 to 1994, and later the federal NDP from 1997 to 2002.
Often known as simply “Alexa,” she is credited with laying the groundwork for Nova Scotia’s 2009 Dexter NDP authorities and the Jack Layton “Orange Wave” in 2011. McDonough’s obituary revealed on Saturday described her as “a beloved, revered, and vital participant in Canadian life.”
Her profession started in social work because the assistant to the director of the Social Planning Division on the Metropolis of Halifax in 1969. She later served as a college member at Dalhousie College’s Maritime College of Social Work, earlier than shifting on to politics.
“Over time, she earned quite a few honours, together with the Order of Canada, the Order of Nova Scotia and 4 college honorary levels,” learn her obituary. “She even had nicknames: the “Iron Angel,” the “Greatest Premier Nova Scotia By no means Had,” “Our Woman of Shocked and Appalled.”
The obituary highlighted her efforts in humanity, together with her help for Donald Marshall, Jr. “in his combat to clear his identify for a homicide he didn’t commit; for the widows and households of the victims of the Westray mining catastrophe as they — and he or she — fought for laws to stop future comparable tragedies.”
It additionally described her as a “relentless optimist,” and “wickedly, self-deprecatingly humorous.” Nova Scotia NDP chief Gary Burrill stated in his Saturday assertion that the celebration’s document gender range is testomony to McDonough’s legacy. “Nobody has had such a defining mentoring affect on generations of girls in Nova Scotia,” stated Burrill.
“To this present day… folks will inform me, whereas canvassing in Halifax Chebucto, concerning the time they met Alexa and what that dialog meant to them.” He wrote, “Alexa cherished folks, and the folks cherished her again.” Present federal NDP chief Jagmeet Singh took to Twitter to precise his condolences. “We’ll miss her dearly. Relaxation in energy,” he wrote.
Those that want to honor McDonough’s reminiscence, the obituary learn, can donate to a neighborhood charity, “or to any of the various good causes near Alexa’s coronary heart.”
As said, these embrace:
- Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia
- St. Andrew’s United Church
- Alexa McDonough Institute for Girls, Gender and Social Justice at Mount Saint Vincent College
- Girls within the Legislature Fund
- The Africville Museum
- Alexa McDonough Girls’s Management Centre on the Douglas Coldwell Basis
“No presents, flowers, or playing cards by household request,” the obituary learn, including that due to COVID-19, a celebration of McDonough’s life shall be held at a later date.