ALMANDA WALKER-MARCHAND,
LEADER
 
Born in Quebec City on November 16, 1868, Almanda Walker followed her family first to Montreal, then to Ottawa. In 1892, she married businessman Paul-Eugène Marchand and, with him, the Franco-Ontarian cause. In August 1914, in response to an appeal from the wife of the Governor General, Almanda Walker-Marchand gathered a group of women and organized the first activities of the Association des dames canadiennes-françaises in support of the soldiers and victims of the war. Around August 16 of 1918, the Association became the Fédération des femmes canadiennes-françaises. With Almanda Walker-Marchand as its president, the Fédération became a national organization whose mission was to assist women as mothers, educators and guardians of the French-Canadian people and traditions. She died in Ottawa on January 4, 1949. The Fédération awards an annual scholarship in her name.