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Betty Nickerson


Betty Nickerson was born in 1922 during a Kansas Tornado. She grew up in Oregon, attended State University at Corvallis, and later received degrees in sociology from the Universities of Utah and Manitoba. She conducted her Ph.D. studies at McGill. She wrote, produced and performed youth programs on creative writing and art on CBC-TV from 1957-65. She also established and coordinated "All About Us Canada," a national cultural foundation to encourage the creative expression of children and youth in Ottawa from 1970-81. She has been a designer and curator of children's art exhibitions across Canada, and internationally for Expo '67 Montreal, the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton (1974) Ottawa's 150th Anniversary (1976) United Nations Habitat Conference Vancouver (1978) and "Islands '86" Duncan, B.C. Canadian Commissioner for International Year of the Child (1979). With publication of Old and Smart: Women and Aging in 1991, she found the needs of older women for recognition and participation in the mainstream of Canadian society similar to those of young people. To meet these needs she founded "Amazing Greys," an annual gathering of older women, with chapters in various Canadian cities, the U.S. and Spain.

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Old and Smart: Women and the Adventure of Aging. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 1994.
Old and Smart: Women and Aging. Ottawa: All About Us, 1991.
The Creative Child: Promise of the 80's. Ottawa: All About Us, 1980.
Celebrate the Sun: A Heritage of Festivals Around the World. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1969; New York: Clarion Press, 1997.


Canada Council Explorations Grant, 1987.
Queen's Jubilee Medal, 1977.
India Arts Council Fellowship, 1967.
British Council Fellowship, 1966.
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