Anne Cools

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Anne Cools (b. 1943), Senator & Community Worker

Anne Cools is a former member of the Senate and is also a Black Canadian activist. She and her family moved to Canada from Barbados when she was 13. In 1969, Cools participated in the civil disobedience movement at Sir George Williams University (now known as Concordia University) in Montreal, protesting the inadequate handling of complaints against a professor who was allegedly racist. Cools was one of the students arrested but pardoned a few years later. Cools is regarded as one of the pioneers of protecting women from domestic abuse. She founded Women in Transition, one of the first women’s shelters in Toronto. In 1984, she became the first Black Canadian appointed to the Senate in 1984. Cools retired in 2018.