Dorothy Grant fonds

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  • 1952-2014 (Creation)
    Grant, Dorothy

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72 cm of textual records (7 boxes)
3 DVDs of moving images (95 min.): converted from analog, col., sound.
1 audio cassette (47 min).

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(1935- .)

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Dorothy Annette (Metie) Grant, freelance author, medical patients’ advocate, consumer affairs columnist and television reporter, was born 24 August 1935 to Stanley Metie and Florence (Lawrence) Metie in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1956, she worked for 7 years as a registered nurse in Halifax, then in 1966 began a career as a freelance writer and broadcaster with CBC Radio One for shows “Radio Noon”, “Maritime Magazine” and “Information Morning”. Dorothy Grant expanded into television in 1975, as a researcher, writer and sometimes producer for national (“Market Place”) and regional programs (“First Edition”, “Land and Sea”, “Take Thirty from Halifax” and “High Noon”). In 1977, Dorothy worked on “The Other Child” a documentary about badly burned children, filmed at the I.W.K. Hospital for Children in Halifax. It won the Association for Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Award for Best Television Program in 1979. In 1989, Dorothy Grant left broadcasting to work for The Medical Society of Nova Scotia as their Director of Communications & Public Affairs until 1995 when she became their Patient-Physician Relations Coordinator, one of the first in Canada, 1995-1998. Throughout her career, Dorothy authored multiple articles on consumer affairs issues, doctor-patient relations, and local history, some of which were published in "Canadian Medical Association Journal", "Family Practice Magazine", "The Canadian Nurse", and "The Senior’s Advocate", among others, as well as regular columns for "The Metro Telecaster", and "The Chronicle Herald" newspapers. In 2011 Dorothy co-authored a book "Amazing Medical Stories" with Dr. George Burden, published by Goose Lane. Dorothy served on several organizations’ boards of directors including the Provincial Medical Board, Family Caregivers Association of NS, and the Canadian Consumer Council. Her work and dedication were recognized with an Award from Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada and Progress Women of Excellence Award, both in 1992. Following the death of her son in 1984 at age 11, she became very active in fund-raising efforts for the IWK Hospital for Children, establishing the David Grant Memorial Foundation, and one year co-hosting their annual televised Children’s Telethon. As of 2016, Dorothy lives with her husband William (Bill) Grant and continues to write and publish articles.

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Fonds consists of newspaper and magazine clippings of her published articles; correspondence with editors, CBC producers, fans, and organizations with whom she volunteered; manuscripts of unpublished articles; radio and television scripts; reports and correspondence from NS Litter Abatement Task Force; research files on doctors on the Titanic (ship), the exploitation of disabled artists, and Helen McCully, among others; diaries and daybooks; pay receipts for freelance work; speeches given; resumes; a copy of her book “Amazing Medical Stories” co-authored with Dr. George Burden; correspondence with her brother Anthony (Tony) Metie who died of AIDS in 1986; and news clippings about Dorothy. Also includes an audio recording of an educational workshop Dorothy presented to doctors, a video of Dorothy Grant as a reporter for CBC-TV, a televised interview of Dorothy Grant by Vince MacLean for “MacLean’s Nova Scotia” television program broadcast on local television channel Dartmouth Cable 10.

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Donated to Nova Scotia Archives by Dorothy Grant in 2015.


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Access to Dorothy Grant’s personal diary 1986-2002 and correspondence with Anthony Metie are closed until January 1, 2024.

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Copyright held by Nova Scotia Archives.

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Also includes 6 photographs: b&w, col.; 10 x 15 cm. or smaller.

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Women of Nova Scotia

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