Fonds F3252 - Thora Mills fonds

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Thora Mills fonds

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CA ON00340 F3252

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26 cm of textual records

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Thora Mills (1905-1992), born Thora McIlroy, was the daughter of Rev. W.A. McIlroy who was a Presbyterian minister. She graduated from Victoria University in 1925, and with her husband Ralph S. Mills became active patrons and volunteers of The United Church of Canada, The Victor Home for Girls, and the National and International Councils of Women. She used her articles to spot light issues and to educate others, writing about forgotten pioneers of the Presbyterian Church in the north and its role during the gold rush. Championing for others, Thora Mills was an advocate for diabetes since her son, Howard (who would become General Secretary) developed the disease in 1947, co-founding the Diabetic Association of Ontario. As well, she advocated for Native Americans raising awareness regarding health and living conditions in the North and Labrador. Mills was awarded the Order of Canada in 1985.

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This material forms part of the General Council program of the United Church of Canada Archive.

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Fonds consists of the following series: 1) Personal correspondence, 1939-1977; 2) Correspondence re northern communities, 1963-1984; 3) Correspondence re the Church in the North, 1897-1991, 4) Correspondence re Organizations and Special Projects.

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