In Memory of Shirley Douglas – Canadian Public Health Care Advocate, Daughter of Tommy Douglas

Daughter of Tommy Douglas – Father of Canada’s Universal Medicare System – Died April 5th, 2020, Age 86

A Tribute by the Ontario Health Coalition, citizens advocating for public health care

Posted April 7th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of long-time friend of public medicare and sister activist, Shirley Douglas. Shirley passed Sunday morning from complications arising from pneumonia and is survived by her ex-husband Donald Sutherland and her children, Kiefer, Thomas and Rachel.

Like her father, Shirley Douglas spent her adult life fighting for health care for all and many other social justice causes

Shirley was an award-winning actress and the daughter of Tommy Douglas, widely known as the father of public medicare in Canada.  Shirley was a spokesperson for the Canadian and Toronto Health Coalitions and a champion of public health care. In her later years, Shirley helped by arranging for her son, Kiefer to do ads against for-profit private clinics, by speaking at public events, and by sending encouraging messages to Health Coalition events.

Natalie Mehra, the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, tweeted Kiefer Sutherland to express our heartfelt condolences over the loss of his mother: “Your mother was a great Canadian; fierce, stalwart, courageous, dynamic. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family today. In her honour we recommit to work our hardest to protect and improve equitable compassionate public health care for all.”

We will never forget Shirley.  We will miss her, always, and we will keep her memory alive in our work.

Here we give you the indomitable Shirley Douglas. To watch her in action, click on the screen below:


About the Ontario Health Coalition – The Ontario Health Coalition is comprised of a Board of Directors, committees of the Board as approved in the Coalition’s annual Action Plan, Local Coalitions, member organizations and individual members. Currently the Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members.

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