The Worker’s History Museum wanted to remember our former Board and Trustee member, Pat McGrath, who passed away in November 2013. She gave a bequest of $10,000 to the Museum in her will.
A group consisting of Robert Hatfield, Barb Stewart, Arthur Carkner and Zelma Buckley met to see how we could best keep Pat’s memory and love for the Workers’ History Museum alive.
Pat was a very strong activist in many ways, but she quite strongly identified with disability issues. She invested a lot of time and effort in union education as a facilitator and served as a leader with many committees and conferences.
Zelma Buckley, a very good friend of Pat’s, told the group that Pat’s last wishes were to ensure that the WHM would flourish in coming years. Pat’s passion when she retired was to volunteer more and strengthen the WHM.
In her memory, the Workers’ History Museum will be using $2000 of Pat’s bequest to create a video and exhibit on workers with disabilities. The remaining $8000 will be used to establish an annual $1000 scholarship, open to any person with disabilities attending a university or community college, to support a project on labour history within our WHM mandate.
We think Pat would have approved.