- Teatime with Miss Liz T-E-A Open Discussion with Francene Cosman Memoirist "Nurse" "Miss Liz" Elizabeth Jean Olivia Gagnon Women Making a Difference with One Cup 1:00:09
Teatime with Miss Liz is joined by the honourable Francene Cosman, a woman with status in Canada and a former political woman memoir called “Nurse.”April 6th, 3 PM EST LIVE SHOW STREAMING ON MULTIPLE PLATFORMS AND PODCASTS APPS Francene Cosman Emerging from a challenging and dysfunctional early childhood, Francene was determined to be strong and achieve goals that included continuing education and a career. She chose to nurse and entered the three-year program at the Saint John General Hospital in New Brunswick. After graduation in 1962, she enrolled in a six-month post-grad at the Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, across from the lights of Manhattan. Her social conscience was awakened, and she participated in the black civil rights movement, joining in marches to support the cause of freedom and equality. At the age of twenty-two, she returned to New Brunswick. She became the night supervisor of the obstetrical service (the delivery rooms), post-partum floor and the Saint John General Hospital nursery. Later, the marriage took her to Fredericton and the Victoria Public Hospital, where she worked in the case room. After Moving to Nova Scotia, she worked in the former Grace Maternity Hospital in the case room and became the head nurse on the post-partum floor. After the birth of her second daughter, she retired. Nursing provided solid foundational skills that underpin future political involvement. A long political career ensued, first as a county councillor, then the first mayor of Bedford, NS. She was appointed president of the provincial Status of Women; four years later, she chaired the task force on the concerns of women and became the executive director of the Liberal Party. In 1993, she was elected to the NS Legislature and became deputy speaker. In her second term of office, she was appointed to Executive Council as Minister of Community Services, Minister for the Civil Service and Minister of the Status of Women. She served six years on the board of governors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She is the Scott Manor House curator in Bedford, enjoys painting, and still speaks out on community issues.
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