An evening in conversation with Joan O’Malley, the amateur seamstress who made the prototype for the Maple Leaf flag adopted by Canada in 1965.
Canada is 150 years old this year, but did you know that our current flag is only 52? The Maple Leaf flag takes centre stage as historian Dr. Forrest Pass chats with Joan O’Malley, who was 20 years old when she sewed the original flag prototype. O’Malley will talk about her serendipitous, historic contribution to Canada’s identity. Her sewing machine, which will be one of the stars of the Canadian History Hall when it opens on July 1, will also be on display during this special evening. The Maple Leaf flag officially replaced the old, temporary Red Ensign on February 15, 1965, a date now commemorated as National Flag of Canada Day.
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS Patrick Doyle