Lotta Hitschmanova was an early icon of Canadian international humanitarianism. She was born in Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, and came to Canada as a refugee in 1942. Grieving for the death of her parents in wartime Europe, she channelled her hope for the future into relief work. To help the world's helpless
- especially children - she founded the Canadian branch of an aid agency, the Unitarian Service Committee. For 36 years, she worked relentlessly - speaking, writing, travelling and raising funds for the needy. The work of USC Canada continues today.
It is when I think of those youngsters that truly I feel I am the
mother of 2,000 children.
Lotta Hitschmanova, 1949