Grete Hale
(Photo: Stephanie Foden)

Addressing a group of recent female immigrants to Canada a few years ago, Society Fellow Grete Hale advised them to “do your best, and fight like the dickens” to overcome challenges in their adopted country.

Hale’s new autobiography, Baker’s Daughter: The story of a long, rich and very Canadian life, shows how that philosophy has guided her throughout her 81 years. With her go-getter attitude, Hale rose from her humble beginnings in Depression-era Ottawa to become a successful businesswoman and a tireless volunteer who has travelled in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Hale contributed to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for 17 years, including seven years on the Merchandise Committee. She is still involved with many organizations, such as the CANHAVE Children’s Centre in Uganda, which provides care and schooling to orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. Hale is donating the proceeds from the sale of her book to CANHAVE.