After receiving a BA from St. Francis Xavier University,
followed by a BLS from McGill, Eileen Travis began her working life as Bookmobile
Librarian in her native Pictou County,
N.S. In 1960 she moved to Saint John and joined the
Saint John Free Public Library as head of the Children's Department. She became
Regional Librarian in 1969, a position she held until her retirement in 1997.
Dr. Travis was President of APLA from 1968-1969.
She has volunteered countless hours to many organizations, including the 1985
Canada Summer Games, Saint John Arts Council, Board of School Trustees District
19, Netherwood School for Girls, Canadian Library
Association and Catholic Women's League, among others. She was instrumental in
working to build a new church for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in
Rothesay. She served on the Board of Directors of ACOA \and was elected
Vice-Chair of the ACOA Advisory Board in 1991. She has been a member of the Board
of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University and a Patron of Hestia House. In
1983 Eileen Travis became the first woman elected as President of the Saint
John Board of Trade. Her more recent interests include serving on the board and
as President (1999-2001) of Opera New Brunswick.
Dr. Travis has received numerous awards and recognition for her service
including an Honourary Doctorates from St. Thomas University
and Université de Moncton.
Dr. Travis passed away last evening. Thanks to Mireille Mercure,
VP New Brunswick for letting us know.
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