Elspeth Heyworth joined Dixon Hall as our Executive Director in 1985. Though her life was tragically cut short in 1990, nearly thirty years later we honour her memory and work through the Elspeth Heyworth Bursary. At Dixon Hall, we remember Elspeth for her inclusive and welcoming personality, her passion for supporting and empowering low-income women and newcomers, and her commitment to social justice.
Profoundly Committed to Education & Community
Elspeth was born in India in 1939, the daughter of two British missionaries. Her family returned to England, where Elspeth completed her initial schooling. After marrying and immigrating to Toronto in 1962, Elspeth continued to study. She became increasingly involved in supporting her community, completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, and even teaching the subject as a professor at York University.
Inspiring our Work with Women
Once Elspeth completed her education, she began working directly with