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The Lea Roback Foundation

Throughout her life, Lea Roback (1903-2000) fought for the rights of women, peace, social justice, and universal access to education. In the 1930s, she became a trade union activist with workers in various industries in the Montreal area. From the 1960s on, Lea Roback was involved in the peace movement and the women’s movement.

Established in November 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, the Lea Roback Foundation, inspired by Lea’s lifelong ideals, awards scholarships to women residing in Québec who are socially committed and economically disadvantaged.


April 2016 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now online on the Publications page.



It is now the time of our annual fund raising campaign and your financial support is valuable, as Lorraine Pagé, President of the Foundation puts it:

«Every year, I am touched by these women, amongst the most disadvantaged citizens in our community who, all the same, have kept up hope to make a go of it. Every year, I am amazed by the stories of our scholarship recipients and their academic, professional and personal achievements. Please allow me to thank you for your donation on behalf of all these women who are counting on us. They are the reason for our commitment. Your generosity will play a valuable role in changing their lives and in making our world just a little bit more humane.» .

The Foundation’s board of directors enjoys considerable financial aid from many Partners and Great Partners who share its objectives.

Great Partners of the Foundation:

The Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ);
the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN);
the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ);
the Congrégation des Sœurs de Saint-Joseph de Saint-Hyacinthe;
the Syndicat des conseillères et conseillers de la CSQ, Fonds de solidarité;
Ms Micheline Dumont;
Ms Pauline Lantz;
Ms Nicole Ranger
and two donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Partners of the Foundation:

The Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS);
the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins;
the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE);
the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ);
the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN);
the Organisation des retraité-es de la CSN (OR-CSN);
the Syndicat de l’enseignement de l’Ouest de Montréal;
the Syndicat des professionnelles et des professionnels du milieu de l’éducation de Montréal (CSQ);
Mr Martin Duckworth;
Ms Donna Mergler
and Ms Lucille Panet-Raymond.

Lorraine Pagé

Photographie Clairmont Bergeron ©

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