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Setsuko Thurlow, C.M., M.S.W.

Full Name Honour Received Residence
Setsuko Thurlow, C.M., M.S.W. C.M. Toronto
Honour Appointment Investiture
Member of the Order of Canada October 5, 2006 October 26, 2007
As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow found herself in close proximity to the hypocentre of the atomic blast that rocked Hiroshima. A survivor of one of the most pivotal events in modern history, she displayed great courage and leadership, sharing her experiences in order to sensitize us to the consequences of armed conflict on civilian populations and to promote lasting peace. After relocating to Toronto, she joined forces with the mayors of Toronto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to establish the Peace Garden in Nathan Phillips Square. Over the years, she has served with a number of organizations, including Voices of Women, the Canadian Council of Churches and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, continuing her journey from victim to activist.
Updated: 2018-03-26
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