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Grace McCarthy was an elected member of the B.C. Legislative Assembly for over 22 years. As Deputy Premier of the Province, she was instrumental in bringing Expo ’86 to Vancouver. As Minister of Tourism, she spearheaded the building of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre at Canada Harbour Place. Serving as Minister of Social Services, Grace McCarthy established Canada’s first Hot Line to respond to abused children, and brought the most comprehensive legislation to stop child abuse in the country. She lobbied successfully for home-ownership for women in an era when women were not considered for a mortgage without a male guarantor.
Grace McCarthy is a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, among others. She established the CH.I.L.D. Foundation in 1995 to raise funds for research for children suffering from Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and liver disorders, and continues to serve as that foundation's volunteer Chairman of the Board.