The City of Ottawa has named a park after one of Canada's most well-known lung cancer victims, whose fighting spirit lead to change.
Heather Crowe lost her battle with lung cancer three years ago on May 22, 2006.
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Having worked for years in the often smoke-filled hospitality
industry, Crowe was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer even though
she had never smoked a cigarette in her life. Determined that no other
person in Canada would die from second-hand smoke in the workplace, she took her story across the country.
“Heather Crowe was an outstanding advocate for the dangers of
second-hand smoke,” said Acting Mayor Michel Bellemare. “By going
public with her own lung cancer diagnosis, her selfless actions became
a powerful vehicle for change.”
Crowe’s story had a significant influence on policies affecting
tobacco as well as the development of the provincial Smoke Free Ontario
The Ontario Ministry of Health also created the Heather Crowe
Award to recognize individuals and organizations in promoting a
smoke-free Ontario. She was also named “MacLean’s Person of the Year”
and the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control announced the creation of
the Heather Crowe Legacy Fund to keep her legacy work alive.
Through Crowe's television ads for Health Canada, she became the face of
second-hand smoke by sharing her personal story with all Canadians.
“Heather Crowe also had a profound impact on our youth,” said
Councillor Diane Deans, chair of the Community and Protective Services
Committee. “By sharing her story, she brought a reality into the
classroom that prompted many students to re-evaluate their decision to
Heather Crowe’s daughter, Patricia Crowe, participated in Friday’s
ceremony accompanied by her own daughter Jodi Ann.
Heather Crowe Park is located at 1902 Scott St. in Ottawa’s Kitchissippi Ward.