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Windsor Mourns Loss of Daphne V. Clarke


Mrs. Daphne V. Clarke – Mentor, Friend, Trailblazer and Human Rights Activist

It is with sadness that we announce that a great mentor, friend, trailblazer and community activist is no longer with us on this side of visible consciousness. Mrs. Clarke passed away on April 5, 2019.

Born in Jamaica and educated both in her homeland and in England, Mrs. Clarke immigrated to Canada in 1970. Mrs. Clarke was a retired Registered Nurse, a Certified Midwife and she is also a Certified National Baby Nurse. She practiced her profession as a registered nurse at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital for twenty five years, where she was known as a compassionate nurse and caregiver. Not only did Mrs. Clarke work in the health sector but she was also a committed community activist for over 50 years. She is the founder of Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5)-1980; and the Montego Alkebulanian Enterprise Bookstore, Windsor’s First Black History Bookstore-1996. She was also a past President and long-standing Board member of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) of Windsor Inc.

Some of her other accomplishments and involvements include:

Recipient of the following awards:

  • 2016, 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Award
  • 2012, Queen’s Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012, Governor General’s Sovereigns Medal
  • 2006, Black Leadership Award, Windsor and District Black Coalition
  • 2002, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal
  • 2000, Ministry of Citizenship, Volunteer Recognition Awards
  • 1993, Women’s Intercultural Network and LEAF, Persons Day Awards
  • 1992, Commemorative medal for voluntarism celebrating Canada’s 125th anniversary

Other Involvements:

  • President, Essex County Black Historical Society
  • Member, Detroit 300 International Underground Railroad Collaborative of Detroit and Underground Railroad Monument Committee
  • Member, City of Windsor Race and Ethno cultural Relations Committee
  • Member, Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex County
  • Member, Windsor West Indian Association
  • Member, Windsor Black Coalition
  • Member, St. Alphonsus Church, lay person, and refugee committee Member,

Homegoing Service to remember and celebrate the life of Mrs. Daphne Clarke will be held at Anderson Funeral Home, 895 Ouellette Avenue on Friday April 12th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Procession will be held at St. Alphonsus Church, 85 Park Street, on Saturday April 13th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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