Date: Mar 26
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Coffee & Culture
Born in Saint Bride's, Newfoundland in 1933, and raised in Red Head Cove, Mary Dohey was the first living person, and first woman to receive the Cross of Valour Award. This is Canada?s highest award for civilian bravery, and was presented to Mary on December 1st, 1975. She was honoured with this award after she put her own life in danger in order to save the lives of fellow staff, and passengers on a DC-8 aircraft flying from Calgary, Alberta.
Mary Dohey trained as a psychiatric nurse before becoming a flight attendant with Trans-Canada Air Lines (today Air Canada). On November 12, 1971 Mary put that training to use as she talked down an armed hijacker. During an eight hour ordeal Mary discouraged the man from taking any other violent measures. Mary?s act of bravery in the face of such danger saved the lives of over 200 people. Mary returned to her work as a flight attendant, retiring in 1991, and passing away in 2017 at the age of 83.
Join Curator of History Maureen Power to learn more about Mary's story, and see the Cross of Valour Award on display at The Rooms.
ASL/English Interpreting Services are available through NLAD by request only to ASLservices@therooms.ca or 709-757-8090. We will do our best to accommodate requests made within two weeks of the scheduled event.