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Lett, Evelyn Story

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Lett, Evelyn Story

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1896-1999

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Evelyn Sykes Lett (née Story) was born in Wawanesa, Manitoba and later grew up in Vancouver. Lett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1917 as one of the early women graduates of UBC. During her time as a student, she helped found the Alma Mater Society and establish female students’ right to vote in student elections. Lett went on to obtain a Master’s degree in 1926. Two years later, she married Sherwood Lett. Following the Second World War, Evelyn Lett served on government commissions regarding the state of women’s employment in Canada. UBC awarded Evelyn Lett with an honorary degree in 1958. During her lifetime she worked as a board member and volunteer for such local institutions as the YWCA, Vancouver General Hospital, Salvation Army and the Vancouver Art Gallery and also served as president of the University Women’s Club. In 1997, Evelyn Story Lett was awarded the Order of Canada.

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2018-06-14, KB: Created

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