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    Adelaide Sinclair: WRCNS director dedicated her life to public service


    From academia to exemplary war service, Adelaide Sinclair was a to be reckoned with.

    The first Canadian woman to hold the rank of naval captain, Sinclair was appointed director of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in 1944.

    It was a natural wartime progression for a woman who had dedicated her life to public service and wanted to play her part in making the world a better place.

    Born in 1900, Sinclair grew up in Toronto. Early on she defied the strict gendered expectations of women, proving to be a dedicated and intelligent leader. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Toronto in the early 1920s and went on to complete her Masters in Economics shortly after.

    Upon graduation she moved to to complete post-graduate work at the School of Economics and the University of . In 1929, she moved back to Toronto and married a lawyer, Donald Black Sinclair, who passed away in 1938.

    Transitioning from academia to not-for-profit work, Sinclair took up a position at the Central Volunteer Bureau and became Chairman of the Women's Salvage Committee.

    However, the outbreak of the Second World War dramatically impacted the work of both men and women. In some ways, it provided many women with an opportunity to step up and move into roles denied to them prior to the war.

    Sinclair leveraged this opportunity to help the war effort.

    Almost immediately she joined the Wartime Prices and Trade Board in Ottawa. In 1943, she joined…

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