Phi­lan­thropist with Car­bon­ear roots to re­ceive hu­man­i­tar­ian award

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A well-known phi­lan­thropist with ties to the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion will re­ceive the 2011 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for New­found­land and Labrador from the Cana­dian Red Cross. The or­ga­ni­za­tion made the an­nounce­ment in St. John’s Aug. 8.

Eli­nor Gill Rat­cliffe, a di­rec­tor of the Gill Rat­cliffe Foun­da­tion will re­ceive the award this fall.

Gill Rat­cliffe, whose mother was born in Car­bon­ear, pro­vided funds to fi­nance an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig on Car­bon­ear Is­land in 2010 and again this year.

John L. Byrne, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Cana­dian Red Cross in At­lantic Canada, called Gill Rat­cliffe “a true hu­man­i­tar­ian (who) has made a last­ing im­pact in her home prov­ince with her un­wa­ver­ing sup­port to a wide range of in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions over more than three decades.”

The pri­vate Gill Rat­cliffe Foun­da­tion is based in Kingston, Ont., and sup­ports se­lected or­ga­ni­za­tions across East­ern Canada in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, the arts and health. It also funds projects around the world.

The foun­da­tion is the brain­child of Gill Rat­cliffe’s late hus­band, Ed­ward Be­van Rat­cliffe II ( 1919-2002). He founded Ar­riscraft In­ter­na­tional, man­u­fac­tur­ers of build­ing stone, brick and lime­stone.

Gill Rat­cliffe spoke at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ren­o­vated Car­bon­ear Rail­way Mu­seum late last month.

“I feel I own part of this place,” she said. “I couldn’t be more pleased for you all.”

Gill Rat­cliffe will re­ceive the award Nov. 24 at the St. John’s Delta and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre dur­ing a din­ner spon­sored by the law firm McInnes Cooper to raise funds for Cana­dian Red Cross dis­as­ter re­lief and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in the prov­ince.

Re­cip­i­ents of Cana­dian Red Cross Hu­man­i­tar­ian awards are se­lected among nom­i­na­tions re­ceived from the pub­lic.

Past re­cip­i­ents of the award in­clude Earl Lud­low (2010), Frank Fa­gan (2009), Rex An­thony (2008), Ches Pen­ney of Car­bon­ear (2007), Myr­tle Vokey (2002), and Sis­ter El­iz­a­beth Davis (2001).

Photo by Burton K. Janes/the Com­pass

Eli­nor Gill Rat­cliffe, a di­rec­tor with the phil­an­thropic Gill Rat­cliffe Foun­da­tion, is to re­ceive the 2011 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for New­found­land and Labrador from the Cana­dian Red Cross. She pro­vided funds to fi­nance an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig on Car­bon­ear Is­land in 2010 and again this year.

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