Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the activities of Cecily Peters, particularly her involvement with Hadassah-Wizo and the Deborah Chapter. Included are speeches, reports, minutes, newsletters, membership lists, correspondence, conference materials, photographs, publications, and certificates.
Records were in the possession of Sari Yorke, the daughter of Cecily Peters.
Cecily Peters (nee Goodman) was a leader in a number of communal organizations including, Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada, Women’s Division Campaign of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and the United Israel Appeal of Canada.
Peters was born in Toronto in 1924. She taught at the Clinton Street Public School in the 1940s until her marriage to Bernard Mayer in 1948. After her marriage in 1948, Cecily joined the Deborah Chapter of Hadassah-WIZO and served as its President multiple times throughout the fifties and sixties. In 1961 she joined the Toronto Haddasah-WIZO executive and served as President from 1965-1967. In 1967 she became involved in the National Executive and served as President from 1983-1987.
In addition to her involvement with Hadassah-WIZO, Peters served as Chairman of the 1969 Women’s Division Campaign, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Vice-President of the United Israel Appeal of Canada, Women’s Division. From 1982-1985 she also sat on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.
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Associated material note: Library and Archives Canada also has a Cecily Peters fonds.