Fahrni, Mildred, d. 1992

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Fahrni, Mildred, d. 1992

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Mildred Fahrni (nee Osterhout) was born in rural Manitoba on January 1, 1900. Between 1919 and 1923 she was educated at the University of British Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy. Upon completion of her Bachelor's degree Fahrni continued her education at UBC by beginning a Master of Philosophy in the fall of 1923. Post graduation Fahrni worked for both the YMCA and the Canadian Memorial Church (CMC) as a secretary in Vancouver and between 1930 and 1931 Fahrni continued her education at Bryn Mawr, in Pennsylvania, enrolled in the Department of Social Economy and Social Research. Between 1931 and 1939 Fahrni traveled extensively abroad, including trips to Russia, India and Japan, with period returns to Vancouver. In 1939 she obtained at teaching position at Carleton Elementary School in Vancouver and in 1941 she married Walter Fahrni. In 1947 Mildred was elected head of the local branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was active as a public speaker addressing issues of war, poverty, non-violence, and social change. In 1970 devoted herself to Servas, an international organization that promoted peace through travel and home stays; through which her trip to South America was made possible. She was awarded the Vancouver peace award in 1991 before passing away in 1992.


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