Rosalie Gower

1931 – 2013

Former Commissioner of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, Ottawa, ON; Alderman, Vernon, BC

Raised in Field, BC, in the Rocky Mountains, Rosalie Gower later settled in Vernon, where she raised her four children. Rosalie devoted her life to improving the lives of others less fortunate. She did her nurse’s training in Victoria, worked for three years as a nurse in San Francisco while her architect husband, Terry Gower, was based there in the late 1950s, then practiced at Vernon Jubilee Hospital through the 1960s. In the early 1970s she started a career in government, first as a local alderman on Vernon City Council, then as Western Canada commissioner for the CRTC, still based in Vernon. In 1980 she moved to Ottawa, having been appointed a full-time CRTC commissioner, where she participated in important decisions on Canadian content on radio and television and authored a critical paper on sex role stereotyping in the media. Retiring from the government in 1992, she built an organic farm on the hills above Vernon and experimented with market gardening. Towards the end of the 1990s, Rosalie started to spend most of her time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she became well known for her charity work. She played an important role in the planning and fundraising for Alma—a home for local seniors whose families do not have the means to care for them—and she worked tirelessly for the SPA, devoted to the protection of street animals. Rosalie was a talented singer and actor and was always involved in singing groups and amateur theatre, both in Canada and Mexico. Rosalie Gower is survived by her four children, Andrea and Tony of Nelson, BC, John of Courtenay, BC, and Terence of New York, NY as well as her four grandchildren.

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