The first May Court Club, Ottawa was created by Lady Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General of Canada in 1898.This makes May Court the oldest service club in Canada, an incredible distinction for Canadian women! The wife of the Governor General of Canada continues as our Patron today. Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston, C.C. is our current Patron.
Lady Aberdeen was a woman, ahead of her time, well meaning, compassionate and visionary, she was also a lady of action. In the five years she was in Canada from 1893-1898, she founded The May Court Club, The Victorian Order of Nurses and the Council of Women. As a wife and a mother, she was sensitive to social ills and at the forefront of the reform movement in Canada, believing in and working towards social justice for all.
We continue this very important work in our 9 Member Clubs in Ontario today (Barrie, Brockville, Chatham, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Oakville, Ottawa, St. Catharines & Windsor) with 1500 women donating more than 140,000 hours to raise more than $1,000,000 annually.
Our umbrella organization, The Association of May Court Clubs of Canada includes 2 delegates from each of our 9 clubs and an executive committee of 5 elected from past club presidents.