Claudette Bradshaw, former MP and homeless advocate, dies aged 72

Former MP Claudette Bradshaw, a tireless advocate for the homeless, has died. She was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Bradshaw has spent much of her career at the forefront of her community’s not-for-profit sector, dealing with homelessness, mental health and children. and youth at risk.

Bradshaw was known to have lung cancer. She died Saturday afternoon, according to her family.

Bradshaw spent 10 years in federal politics and was elected Liberal MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe.

She was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Minister of Labour, Minister of State and Minister responsible for homelessness.

She was also Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women.

Bradshaw was known nationwide as a kind and warm personality who loved to offer hugs.

Despite his many accomplishments nationally, Bradshaw has maintained a strong advocacy presence in New Brunswick, including raising awareness of the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome and improving access to affordable housing.

In 2010, she was named a recipient of the Order of Moncton and later in her career was praised for being the “voice and advocate for the poor and disadvantaged” in her home community.

“Nationally recognized for the warmth of her hugs, Claudette has made an outstanding contribution to the social well-being of our city and our residents and touches the hearts of everyone she meets,” said the City of Moncton in a statement.

where it started

She began her career in social work in 1968, serving as program coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton for six years, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.

She founded the Moncton Headstart Early Family Intervention Center and served as its Executive Director.

The non-profit child care program was the first licensed child care center in New Brunswick.

Bradshaw’s career took a turn in 1997 when she entered politics.

She received the Richelieu International Medal and an honorary doctorate in social work from the Université de Moncton.

In 2006, Bradshaw was set to leave federal politics and did not seek re-election.

It was then that Bradshaw was appointed to the New Brunswick Premier’s Task Force on the State of Community Non-Profit Organizations.

She was named coordinator of the Mental Health Commission of Canada a year later, which led her to launch Housing First, a $110 million research project on chronic mental illness and homelessness. .

This led to the development of the At Home/Chez Soi program in Moncton, providing furnished apartments and support to over 100 people who were living on the streets.