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Valerie Knowles

Valerie Knowles

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Valerie Jean Knowles was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She obtained a B.A. (Honours, history) from Smith College, Northampton, Mass, and an M.A. (history) from McGill University before embarking on a career as a history instructor, archivist, and writer. She moved to Ottawa in 1961 after her marriage, and lurched into freelance writing in 1964 after earning a BJ from Carleton University.


Making Waves: A History of the Riverside Hospital of Ottawa. Ottawa, ON: The Riverside Hospital of Ottawa, 1996.
Through the Chateau Door: A History of the Zonta Club of Ottawa, 1929-1989. Ottawa, ON: The Zonta Club of Ottawa, 1994.
Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-1990. Toronto: Dundurn Press Limited, 1992; revised and expanded edition, 1996.
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