Philanthropist with Carbonear roots to receive humanitarian award
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).
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.