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Episode 6 - Ottilia Chareka - August 2 & 5

01670009.JPGOttilia Chareka grew up in a small, rural village in Zimbabwe. A beautiful young woman, her father expected to collect a "bride price" as quickly as possible, assuming she'd marry young.  But Ottilia had other plans.  She had ambitions to become the first girl in her clan to finish high school and become a teacher.  She succeeded. But when she moved to Canada, she found out her credentials were not accepted. So, she began again. While working as a maid at a hotel in Fredericton, she saved enough money for university tuition. After completing her PhD, she became a highly respected professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS.  She was a spirited mother to five girls and her boundless enthusiam, intellect and empathy made her a favourite of both staff and students.  Tragically, Ottilia died on March 16th, 2011. Her husband has been charged with first degree murder.

The documentary on Ottilia Chareka was by Diane Paquette in Halifax.


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