Each day for Black History Month I am highlighting a different Black Canadian woman who has (or is) contributing to the history and culture of Canada. .
Today’s entry is shot but sweet, highlighting Penny Hodge. Not all history makers make a big splash, but work tirelessly in smaller roles, yet still make a difference.
Penny was educated in a segregated school in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, and became a teacher. After that, she worked as a clerk for the National Research Council, worked at the YMCA, and as a clerk for the CBC.
Beyond her day jobs, however, Penny worked
at the Canadian Negro Women’s Association (CANEWA),
later the Congress of Black Women of Canada, and provided administrative support for the Ontario Black History Society and served as historian for the First Baptist Church
in Toronto, preserving Black history for the future.