Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova
Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990), a Czech immigrant to Canada from war-ravaged Europe, was the founder of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada. Her television, radio, and newspaper campaigns on behalf of the USC made 56 Sparks Street one of two most widely recognized addresses in the world (the other being 10 Downing Street)!
She directed the USC for forty years, making yearly trips around the world, searching out villages and towns in need of Canadian aid to recover from war, drought, disease, and poverty. She eventually established 150 programs in 20 countries.
She died in 1990, after suffering the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease.
You can also hear her voice (including the famous 56 Sparks Street line) by clicking on her image at the bottom of the front page.